Oligarchs face off in UK courts

By Simon Rocker, July 12, 2012

A new High Court case between oligarchs from the former Soviet Union opened in London on Monday, and is expected to go on into next year.

Israel-based Michael Cherney wants a judge to uphold his claim that he is a partner in an aluminium business with Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska.


A chief rabbi, Mossad and a dubious diamond deal

By Simon Rocker, July 5, 2012

Behind the London legal battle over diamond profits between the Russian-Israeli businessmen Lev Leviev and Arakady Gaydamak lay a chain of what the judge called "extraordinary events".

Mr Gaydamak had sued Mr Leviev, claiming he was owed hundreds of millions of pounds from the export of diamonds from Angola as a result of a deal made in December 2001.


Gaydamak loses multi-million diamond case in High Court

By Simon Rocker, June 29, 2012

The Russian-Israeli businessman Arkady Gaydamak has lost a High Court claim against diamond tycoon Lev Leviev over a deal to export gems from Angola.

Mr Leviev had denied signing an agreement with Mr Gaydamak in December 2001 potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds.


Pomp but no shift on Iran as Putin visits Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 28, 2012

The 24-hour visit to Israel by the Russian President was heavy on ceremony but lean on progress on the key issues of Iran and Syria.

Vladimir Putin’s whirlwind trip through the Middle East began in Netanya where, after arriving 90 minutes late, he joined Israeli President Shimon Peres to dedicate a memorial commemorating the Allied victory in the Second World War.


‘Alienation’ leading to a Russian exodus from Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, May 31, 2012

In the days of the USSR, many a Knesset meeting was held to discuss hopes for a mass Soviet aliyah. Last week, the Knesset turned its attentions to the challenge of how to stop many Former Soviet Union (FSU) immigrants from leaving.


Moscow next for nuclear stalemate

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

Talks with Iran will resume next month in Moscow as a split has emerged between the international powers engaging the Iranian regime on its nuclear development programme.


The City's status is under threat

April 4, 2012

For the past 20 years London has been the preferred place for many international companies to list their shares. There are good reasons for this.


Master and Margarita

By John Nathan, April 2, 2012

Of all Complicite's book adaptations, Bulgakov's mind-expanding novel is surely the most ambitious.


Jews backed Putin, says Russian Chief

By Heather Jacobsohn, March 8, 2012

The Chief Rabbi of Russia, Berel Lazar, believes that most Jews voted for Vladimir Putin in the Russian election this week.

In the wake of Sunday's vote, in which Mr Putin won his third term as President after spending the past four years as Prime Minister, Rabbi Lazar said that Mr Putin has a good record of fighting antisemitism and returning synagogues back to the community.


Oligarchs and olim: Russian Jews today

By Lawrence Joffe, March 2, 2012

Peering from behind bars, his hair shorn to prison regulation length, Mikhail Khodorkovsky maintains a quiet dignity. Once the richest man in Russia and head of the Yukos oil conglomerate, he has become Russia's most famous political prisoner and a thorn in Vladimir Putin's side.