Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union (UCSJ)
The UCSJ is a grassroots, independent Jewish human rights organization with monitoring bureaux in Russia and six other countries of the former Soviet Union that has monitored and reported on anti-Semitism and other violations of human rights since 1970. It is the leading source of monitoring information on anti-Semitism in the former Soviet Union (FSU). UCSJ regularly briefs the US administration and the Congress on these issues, launches action alerts, and works on a limited number of prisoner or refusenik cases. In addition, it monitors the activities of hate groups in the FSU and other forms of ethnic and religious persecution. UCSJ has published two reports on anti-Semitism, xenophobia and religious persecution in provincial Russia. The last report covered 73 regions and is filled with information about extremist groups in Russia.
The UCSJ web site www.fsumonitor.com is updated daily with breaking news about reports on extremist groups, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and religious persecution in the FSU. It is searchable by both country and key word. Most of the publications are available there free of charge. In addition, starting June 29, UCSJ will publish a weekly electronic newsletter entitled "Bigotry Monitor" that will cover the FSU and Europe and will be edited by veteran journalist Charlie Fenyvesi. To subscribe, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in contributing essays or comments should write to: email@example.com.