This May Day, a Jewish Refusenik looks back on the Spring of 1985
As a prisoner on a hunger strike, the refusenik managed to celebrate The Festival of Lights in a Soviet gulag
Nika Vashakidze’s film about refuseniks offers a new perspective on the complexity of Jewish life in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s. ‘Alyad’ premieres in New York on Wednesday.
Natan Sharansky remembers his ‘loyal and dependable friend,’ Jewish refusenik and leader, who died yesterday
New novel ‘The Betrayers’ boldly places at its center the most famous refusenik and all he represents for Soviet Jewry
Boris Fishman’s dark new novel explores the tensions between a grandson and his elders as he evolves into an American
Gary Shteyngart’s new memoir is a touching meditation on the origins, nature, and limits of humor
On the 26th anniversary of Freedom Sunday, a photographer uses objects to look at the immigrant experience
Fought to record anti-gay violations in State Department’s human rights report
Journalists Masha Gessen, Miriam Elder, and Michael Idov talk about a changing Russia and their place in it
The Man Without a Face, Masha Gessen’s biography of the Russian leader, reminds us why U.S. Jews must put pressure on a repressive foreign regime
As a child, writer David Bezmozgis was among the Soviet refugees who waited in a seaside Italian village for a visa to the U.S. or Canada. His novel The Free World explores the grittier side of life there.
Exodus recast Israel’s founders as swaggering heroes and secured Leon Uris a place on the Jewish bookshelf even though, as a new biography shows, he was a mediocre writer and a troubled person
Yigal Amir assassinated Yitzhak Rabin 15 years ago in an effort to derail the Oslo peace accords. Now his wife, a Russian émigré, is trying to turn him into a heroic Soviet-style political prisoner.
In his memoir, the famous refusenik remembered celebrating Hanukkah in the Soviet Gulag