The Times of Israel: “In the former Soviet Union, statues and hero worship for leaders of pogroms”
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The Times of Israel: “In the former Soviet Union, statues and hero worship for leaders of pogroms”

Since toppling statues of Joseph Stalin, post-Soviet Russians have taken to building monuments to a different national hero in recent years: Tsar Nicholas II, the last emperor of the Russian Empire. More than 25 shrines honoring Nicholas II have been erected since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Declared a saint and a … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “What did the billionaire WhatsApp founder have to say at Limmud FSU?”
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The Times of Israel: “What did the billionaire WhatsApp founder have to say at Limmud FSU?”

OAKLAND, California — Almost every chair in the Oakland Marriott’s windowless conference hall was full last Saturday evening when Russian-speaking Jews came to meet one of the most successful members of their own community: Jan Koum, founder of WhatsApp. The young Ukraine-born billionaire came to the Limmud conference for Jews from the Former Soviet Union … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Is steamy film on Russian Tsar cause of arson attacks on Moscow Jewish targets?”
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The Times of Israel: “Is steamy film on Russian Tsar cause of arson attacks on Moscow Jewish targets?”

A recent Molotov cocktail attack on a Moscow Jewish community center can be attributed to a new movie about the Russian Tsar, the Jewish community believes. Security footage caught a man tossing two Molotov cocktails over the wall of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia building overnight on September 12. Fortunately, no one was … Continue reading

Global Post: “A century after the revolution, Russians build monuments to the czars”
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Global Post: “A century after the revolution, Russians build monuments to the czars”

Credit: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters A Russian lawmaker speaking on TV recently described something amazing happening to a statue of the last Russian emperor in Crimea: The stone torso had begun to weep. PRI could not yet independently verify such an occurrence. But the symbolism of the politician’s remarks was weighty. “People bring their ill children to … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Before the Bolsheviks, this man abolished Russia’s Pale of Settlement”
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The Times of Israel: “Before the Bolsheviks, this man abolished Russia’s Pale of Settlement”

This fall, the Jewish community in Russia is commemorating an often overlooked result of the Russian Revolution — the achievement of equal rights for the country’s Jews. Exactly one century ago, in 1917, the Russian government signed a decree establishing equality for all religions and ethnicities. The edict officially abolished the Pale of Settlement — … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “100 years on, international conferences debate Jewish role in Russian Revolution”
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The Times of Israel: “100 years on, international conferences debate Jewish role in Russian Revolution”

It is now 100 years since the revolution that brought down the Russian Tsar Nicholas II. For Jews, the fall of Tsarist Russia meant a new relative freedom: the end to the Pale of Settlement, which had prevented Jews from living in big cities, and the abolition of all other anti-Semitic laws, such as quotas … Continue reading

The Jerusalem Post: “A dubious anniversary”
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The Jerusalem Post: “A dubious anniversary”

This fall, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow is organizing special exhibits and lectures to mark the 100- year anniversary of the Russian Revolution. On display will be leaflets from Jewish political parties and paintings by Russian-Jewish revolutionary artists, as well as letters and diary entries of Jewish revolutionaries such as Leon Trotsky. … Continue reading