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Volume 8, Number 15
Friday, April 11, 2008

BIGOTRY MONITOR

A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe

EDITOR: CHARLES FENYVESI
(News and Editorial Policy within the sole discretion of the editor)

Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union
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In line with the Lenin dictum, "Whoever is not with us is against us,"
the Kremlin is accusing foreign NGOs and Russian human rights
organizations of favoring terrorist groups. At the same time, top
officials have launched a campaign to undercut statistical evidence of
rising xenophobia and a surge in the number of race-driven murders this
year, especially in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

1. NGOS HELP TERRORIST RECRUITMENT, RUSSIA'S SECURITY CHIEF CHARGES

2. HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP REJECT FSB CHIEF'S ATTACK

3. MOSCOW CHIEF PROSECUTOR DENIES 'OUTBREAK OF RACIST ATTACKS' 

4. HATE CRIMES ARE NEGLIGIBLE, SAY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS

5. HATE CRIME NUMBERS "TIP OF THE ICEBERG,' SAYS UCSJ OFFICIAL

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NEO-NAZIS ATTACK AZERI CHILDREN IN MOSCOW

RACISTS BEAT TAJIK MAN

ST. PETERSBURG TEENAGERS CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME

IN KIEV, AFRICANS STABBED IN SEPARATE ATTACKS, ONE IS DEAD

JEWS REACT EMOTIONALLY TO NEW EASTER PRAYER, VATICAN CHARGES

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, PUTIN THREATENS TO SPLIT UKRAINE* * * 


INTERNATIONAL ROMA DAY MARKED ON APRIL 8

Europe's Largest Minority Faces Discrimination 
Established in 1971, International Roma Day, April 8, celebrates a
community present throughout Europe facing overwhelming economic,
social, and political challenges. It is a day intended to highlight the
cultural diversity that Roma communities bring to the European Union
(EU), but it has been also an opportunity to call attention to the
urgent need for action to end the exclusion of Roma from European
society.

What has been widely recognized as Europe's largest minority still faces
discrimination and disadvantage on a daily basis. An estimated 7-9
million Roma live in EU member states, Roma leaders stress, yet there is
no comprehensive EU policy specifically targeting discrimination against
them. European Commission officials have acknowledged that "social
exclusion and discrimination of Roma communities are well documented and
despite all available legislative and financial instruments remain often
extreme." But everyone agrees that such words have not been matched by
effective action.

1. U.S. HELSINKI COMMISSION STANDS FOR PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ROMA

2. RUSSIA'S MEMORIAL CALLS ON MOSCOW TO END MISTREATMENT OF ROMA

3. EUROPEANS DECRY DEEP POVERTY AMONG ROMA

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Volume 8, Number 14
Friday, April 4, 2008

BIGOTRY MONITOR

A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe

EDITOR: CHARLES FENYVESI
(News and Editorial Policy within the sole discretion of the editor)

Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union
___________________________________________________________ 

RUSSIA’S NATO ENVOY COMPARES WESTERN LEADERS TO HOOLIGANS

RACISTS ATTACK FOREIGNERS IN ST. PETERSBURG

POLICE DETAIN NEO-NAZI LAW STUDENTS IN MOSCOW

TAJIK WORKER ATTACKED

VIOLENT INITIATION RITUALS FOR UNDERAGE NEO-NAZI RECRUITS

OFFICIALS DEMONIZE MORMONS, JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

MEDIEVAL BLOOD LIBEL SURFACES IN UKRAINE

UKRAINE’S SUPREME COURT DISMISSES CASE AGAINST JEWISH GROUP

XENOPHOBIC MARCH ON KIEV CAMPUS PROTESTED

NEO-NAZI RAMPAGE IN BELARUS TOWN

VIOLENT FAR-RIGHT GROUP BANNED IN GERMANY

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, U.S. ‘INFILTRATION’ OF FORMER USSR * * *


HARSH SENTENCE FOR RUSSIAN BLOGGER IS A MESSAGE TO HIS COLLEAGUES
The Internet May Be the New Arena for Curbing Freedom of Speech

1. BLOGGER’S OUTBURST IS OUT OF CHARACTER

2. AUTHORITIES LOOK FOR PRETEXTS TO SILENCE INDEPENDENTS

3. MEDVEDEV CALLS FOR A MEASURED APPROACH

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Volume 8, Number 13
Friday, March 28, 2008

BIGOTRY MONITOR

A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe

EDITOR: CHARLES FENYVESI
(News and Editorial Policy within the sole discretion of the editor)

Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union
___________________________________________________________ 

Human rights activists believe that xenophobia and ethnic intolerance
are spreading with an alarming speed in Russia. "The authorities seem to
understand this, but in fact they do nothing," head of the Moscow
Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alexeyeva told Interfax on March 21, the
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Human
rights activists are particularly wary of the fact that the slogan
"Russia for Russians" has gained wide acceptance in recent years,
Alexeyeva emphasized.

Human rights activists have registered a record number of xenophobic
attacks in 2008. So far, 33 people have been killed and 101 injured in
racist violence since the beginning of the year, Galina Kozhevnikova,
deputy director of the Sova Information-Analytical Center, told
Interfax. Last year's documented fatal attacks totaled 72. (The victims
in the items that follow may not be included in Sova's statistics.)

1. TAJIK WOMAN STABBED TO DEATH

2. BURYAT WOMAN STABBED TO DEATH

3. NEO-NAZIS MURDER 15-YEAR-OLD BOY

4. RACISTS DRIVE TATAR CADET TO SUICIDE

5. NEO-NAZIS TRY TO PUSH YOUTHS UNDER TRAIN

6. NEO-NAZIS ATTACK ANTI-FASCISTS IN BRYANSK AND ORYOL

7. OMSK RACISTS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR MURDER

8. SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR HATE CRIME

9. MOSCOW'S CHIEF PROSECUTOR PLAYS DOWN EXTREMISM THREAT

10. NEW AGENCY TO PROBE EXTREMISM-RELATED CRIMES

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BLOOD LIBEL CHARGES SURFACE IN SIBERIA

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS URGE EQUAL TREATMENT FOR RELIGIOUS MINORITIES

RUSSIAN JEWISH FEDERATION SUSPENDS TIES WITH COUNCIL OF MUFTIS

POLICE SEIZE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST'S COMPUTER, CELL PHONE

FAR-RIGHT MARCHES IN LITHUANIA AND LATVIA

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, MEDVEDEV DEFINES HIS IDENTITY * * * 


RACIST VIOLENCE SURGES IN UKRAINE
Anti-Minority Attacks Continue at a Record Pace

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Volume 8, Number 12
Friday, March 21, 2008

BIGOTRY MONITOR

A Weekly Human Rights Newsletter on Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and
Religious Persecution in the Former Communist World and Western Europe

EDITOR: CHARLES FENYVESI
(News and Editorial Policy within the sole discretion of the editor)

Published by UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union
___________________________________________________________ 

Faced with an uncooperative Russia, Condoleezza Rice expresses hope in
the long run. But independent Vladimir Ryzhkov, who lost his Duma seat
in December, finds that as Russia turns more authoritarian and
chauvinist on the domestic scene, it adopts a more confrontationist
policy against Western democracies. 

1. U.S.-RUSSIAN IMPASSE DEEPENS

2. RUSSIA SEES MORE PROBLEMS AHEAD WITH THE WEST

3. RICE, GATES MEET WITH OPPOSITION LEADERS

4. RICE HOPES FOR CHANGES

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NEO-NAZIS ATTACK CONCERT-GOERS, ONE KILLED

KYRGYZ SHOT TO DEATH

GHANAIAN STUDENT SURVIVES 36 STAB WOUNDS

POLICE ARREST FIVE SKINHEADS IN RAIDS

13% OF PEOPLE CONVICTED OF EXTREMIST CRIMES ARE UNDER 18

ANTISEMITISM DOWN IN RUSSIA BUT UP IN UKRAINE, RABBI LAZAR SAYS

UZBEK POLICE ASSAULT JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES

* * * QUOTE OF THE WEEK, A PERMANENT LOSER'S PLAINT * * * 

STATE DEPARTMENT'S ANNUAL REPORT ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN RUSSIA IS
HARDHITTING

...........

The country reports offer hard-hitting lists of violations.  

The Russian government rejected the report on its performance and said
it was proof of the U.S. government's own "double standards" when it
came to human rights.

1. DISMAL REPORT ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN RUSSIA

2. MORE CENTRALIZATION OF POWER IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

3. IMPROVEMENT IN PROSECUTING HATE CRIMES

4. PRISONS "EXTREMELY HARSH"

5. ANTI-MUSLIM AND ANTISEMITIC ATTITUDES PERSIST

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