Russia

The brit boom that made this mohel a cut above

By Nissan Tzur, August 25, 2011

He has become known as the Magnificent Mohel, a Chabad rabbi working in Ukraine who this week celebrated an astonishing landmark - 4,500 circumcisions which he has carried out in the last 13 years.

More..

Oligarch's divorce sets legal record

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

A billionaire Russian Jewish oligarch has agreed what is believed to the biggest divorce settlement in British legal history.

Boris Berezovsky will make a payout worth "hundreds of millions of pounds" to his former wife Galina.

The 64-year-old, a former business partner of Roman Abramovich, is one of the world's richest men.

More..

How to understand Yisrael Beiteinu

By Liam Hoare, July 14, 2011

Yisrael Beiteinu - the party of Russian Jewry - has in the 12 years since its founding become the third largest party in the Knesset, with its leader, Avigdor Lieberman, now Foreign Minister and the kingmaker in Israeli politics.

More..

Russia crash scientists 'helped Iran'

By Nissan Tzur, June 30, 2011

Five Russian scientists who helped Iran with its nuclear weapons programme were among the 45 killed in plane crash in northern Russia last week.

Russia's state atomic energy agency announced that the five - Andrei Tropinov, Sergei Rizhov, Gennadi Benyok, Nicolai Tronov and Valery Lyalin - worked at the Hydropress factory, part of Russia's state nuclear complex.

More..

Tributes for Russian human rights activist

By Deborah Weitzmann, June 20, 2011

Human rights activist Yelena Georgievna Bonner has died at the age of 88.

Jewish Agency chairman, and former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky said: "The Jewish world and the state of Israel lost a stalwart and valiant defender today.

More..

Russian row over nature of hate text

By Nissan Tzur, May 26, 2011

An angry debate has erupted in Russia over the antisemitic text The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

The Public Chamber of Russia, which oversees the activities of parliament, is pushing to have the 19th century forgery banned, while another state body, the Prosecutor General, recently argued that it is "politically and historically educational".

More..

Spy, arms trader or military envoy: will the real Colonel now stand up?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

An arms deal gone bad? A bungled attempt to obtain intelligence? Or internal rivalries within the Russian security establishment?

Whatever the case, the arrest of Colonel Vadim Leiderman, Israel's military attache to Russia, in Moscow two and a half weeks ago was a rare occurrence in the normally stable relationship between the two countries.

More..

Poll: Israel unpopular, but not as bad as Iran or Pakistan

By Jennifer Lipman, March 7, 2011

Israel is viewed in a more positive light than this time last year but is still one of the least popular countries in the world, according to an annual BBC poll.

Respondents to the BBC World Service Country Rating Poll gave Israel a 49 per cent negative rating, making the country among the globe’s four least liked nations.

More..

Russian jailbirds taught Judaism

By Nissan Tzur, February 24, 2011

Inmates in prisons around Moscow may soon be able to quote the Rambam and keep Shabbat, all thanks to a new educational project paid for by the Russian government.

More..

Chelsea's Abramovich loses Berezovsky lawsuit appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011

London will be the scene for an unprecedented High Court battle between two Jewish oligarchs.

A £2 billion lawsuit against Russian businessman Roman Abramovich will go to trial after the Chelsea owner lost an appeal to quash a claim brought by his former business partner Boris Berezovsky.

The pair, who are among the world’s richest men, worked together following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

More..