The killing of Alexei Navalny in an Arctic prison camp last week recalls the darkest aspects of Communist rule in the Stalinist era.
Vladimir Putin has earned his reputation as a dictator, but he has often behaved warmly toward Jews.
When Russia attacked Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin stated that his goal was “denazification.” Historians agree that there is no substance to this claim—and that by invoking Nazism, Putin is attempting to weaponize the trauma of World War II to justify an invasion, and the many lives it has cost.
Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Robert Siegel, Moment special literary contributor and former senior host of NPR’s All Things Considered, discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Did you know that Israel is not the only Jewish state in the world? Deep in the territory of the Russian Federation, close to the Chinese border is the other Jewish state: Birobidzhan.
Mina Yuditskaya Berliner, a retired teacher of German, could be forgiven for feeling surprised when one of her former students invited her for tea after almost half a century. Berliner, now 94, hadn’t seen him since she made aliyah to Israel from the USSR in 1973. But in 2005, the former student came to Israel to visit—an official visit, no less, the first ever made by a Soviet or Russian leader.