U.S. Treasury’s ‘Putin list’ features at least two Jewish billionaires

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016. (Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016. (Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016. (Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images)

(JTA) – At least two Jewish billionaires, including the head of the European Jewish Congress, appear on a list of Russian politicians and oligarchs published by the U.S. Treasury as part of a sanctions law against Moscow.

The list of 114 politicians and 96 oligarchs, which was ordered by the U.S. Congress in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, all rose to power under Russian President Vladimir Putin. They are considered to be fair game for sanctions under legislation meant to punish Russia for its interference in the U.S. election, as well as other actions such as human rights violations, annexation of Crimea and ongoing military operations in eastern Ukraine. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu, Putin to discuss Iran after Moscow Holocaust commemoration event

MOSCOW (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made firm statements about Iran before leaving for Russia to discuss the Islamic Republic with one of its key allies, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In Russia, Netanyahu said in a statement published Monday morning that he will discuss with Putin “Iran’s effort to turn Lebanon into one giant missile site, a site for precision missiles against the State of Israel, which we will not tolerate.” [Read more…]

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Report: Ukraine had more anti-Semitic incidents than all former Soviet countries combined

(JTA) – In its main annual report on anti-Semitism, Israel’s government singled out Ukraine as unusual in Eastern Europe for the alleged increase in attacks there, triggering protest by Kiev.

The allegation appeared in the anti-Semitism report for 2017 that the Ministry for Diaspora Affairs under Education Minister Naftali Bennett published last week, ahead of the Jan. 27 International Day of Holocaust Remembrance. [Read more…]

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Russian is ‘language of Zionism,’ nationalist Latvian lawmaker says

(JTA) – A senior politician in Latvia labelled Russian “the language of international Zionism.”

Alexander Kirshtejns, deputy speaker of the Latvian parliament, or Saeima, from the bloc of the National Association, made the statement, which at least one anti-racism activist in Latvia called anti-Semitic, on Thursday, the BaltNews service reported. He said Russian in this regard was the same as Yiddish and Hebrew. [Read more…]

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Michael Flynn lied about bid to stop anti-Israel resolution at UN

Michael Flynn, left, arriving for his plea hearing at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Michael Flynn, left, arriving for his plea hearing at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Michael Flynn, left, arriving for his plea hearing at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Michael Flynn, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, including about his efforts to stave off a UN Security Council resolution opposed by Israel.

Flynn offered his plea Friday in a federal court in Washington, D.C., on charges that he lied twice about conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016, when Trump was president-elect and president Barack Obama was still in office. [Read more…]

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Russian Jews protest official’s reiteration of ‘anti-Semitic myth’ on czar’s death

(JTA) – Russia’s largest Jewish group protested a local bishop’s claim, repeated by a justice ministry official, that the country’s last czar was murdered by Jews for ritual purposes.

Marina Molodtsova, a senior investigator for a special ministerial committee on the 1917 slaying of Nicholas II of Russia, said on Monday during a conference in Moscow that her committee will conduct “a psycho-historical examination” to find out whether the execution of the royal family was a ritual murder, Ria Novosti reported. [Read more…]

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