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A Jewish anti-drugs campaigner defeated the party of Russian President Vladimir Putin with his election to mayor of Russia’s fourth-largest city.
Yevgeny Roizman, 50, beat the ruling United Russia Party candidate in a mayoral election last week in Yekaterinburg, a city of 1.4 million people in the industrial belt of the Ural Mountains which is a venue for the 2018 World Cup soccer finals.
United Russia won the vast majority of the 7,000 local elections held across the country on Sept. 9, Reuters reported.
Roizman won 33.3 percent of the vote, compared to 29.7 percent garnered by Yakov Silin, the candidate for United Russia and deputy governor of the region.
Yekaterinburg’s new mayor began his involvement in social causes after his release from prison, where a judge sent him during the Soviet era for robbery, extortion and weapons charges that later were voided, according to Reuters.
More than a decade ago Roizman founded City Without Drugs, whose vigilante-style raids on alleged peddlers and tough-love rehabilitation centers for addicts turned him into a local celebrity but also drew criminal investigations.
A member of parliament from 2003 to 2007, Roizman led a grassroots mayoral campaign that relied heavily on social media.
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Update: Calls for Renewed Ground Offensive as Rain of Rockets on Israel Continues
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Following Rockets, Israel Renewing Safety Precautions for Civilians
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Signs that Islamic State (ISIS – Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) terrorists have arrived in Egypt have appeared in the Sinai Peninsula.
TEL AVIV – The United Nations probe into the Gaza conflict hasn’t even begun, but Israel already is convinced it won’t end well. In a resolution adopted by a vote of 29-1 with 17 abstentions, the UN Human Rights Council moved last month to establish a commission of inquiry “to investigate all violations of international […]
Israelis may have to blame Qatar for the current round of lethal rocket fire, if a report published in Arab media is true.
So imagine, you’re working in the field harvesting cucumbers (or whatever is in season right now) and suddenly the siren goes off – Hamas is shooting rockets at you.
Another miracle for the Jews in Israel — this time in Ashkelon, where a missile exploded directly on a house but hurt no one.
An international media outlet has caught Britain’s Consul-General to Jerusalem, Alastair McPhail in a photo wearing the PA logo scarf.
Sapir College in southern Israel has canceled classes and exams for the day due to resumption of rocket fire from Gaza.
Israeli pilots attacked a terror cell in Zeitoun, Gaza on Wednesday morning. One terrorist was killed and five were injured.
Longshoremen pulled a fast on anti-Israel picketers and are unloading the Zim ship that was blocked from unloading last week.
Deif may, or may not, have escaped the bombing raid. His wife, at least one of them, was killed. Is Haniyeh next?
Al Qaeda wants the US to free terrorists in return for freeing Warren Weinstein.
At least six Haredi protesters were arrested and a police officer was wounded in demonstrations in at least three Israeli cities Sunday following the arrest of a yeshiva student for ignoring a draft notice. Hundreds of protesters blocked busy intersections in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Modiin Illit and Beit Shemesh. The yeshiva student has been arrested […]
Police in Melbourne arrested seven pro-Palestinian protesters who stormed the roof of an Israel-based company.
Violent assaults on Jews are becoming more common around the world.
There is nothing like a quaint tradition of pogroms to insist that hate language is not harmful.
Freedom of speech does not demand that one has to prove the freedom to show one’s ignorance.
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