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  • Israel to prosecute Hasidic pilgrims who faked negative Covid tests to fly home

    Dozens of Hasidic Breslov pilgrims boarded planes in Ukraine with bogus paperwork, border officers say

    Israel says it will prosecute dozens of pilgrims returning from Ukraine who flew back into the country with fake negative Covid test results.

    The pilgrims had been attending the annual celebration of the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, in the Ukrainian city of Uman, where Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, who founded the Hasidic Breslov sect in the early 19th century, is buried. He was a great-grandson of the founder of Hasidism.

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  • ‘I am full of feelings of revenge’: families of flight MH17 victims demand justice

    Relatives of 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in 2014 give their testimonies at trial of suspects

    The families of 298 people killed when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 have demanded justice from Russia as they testified in the Dutch trial of four suspects.

    People who lost close relatives in the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane said they could not truly say goodbye to their loved ones until those responsible had been brought to account.

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  • Igor Oistrakh obituary
    Violinist who followed in the steps of his celebrated father David, and joined him in works by Bach and Mozart

    Although Igor Oistrakh, who has died aged 90, was a fine violinist in his own right, he always lived in the shadow of his father, David. Igor may not have inherited the rare combination of technique and musicianship of David Oistrakh, one of the greats of 20th-century violin playing, but he made a fine international career, and with a different background might well have achieved more open recognition of his ability and achievements.

    At the time of Igor’s birth in Odessa, on the south-west coast of Ukraine, the region was part of the Soviet Union: among the striking number of other soloists it produced were the violinists Mischa Elman, Isaac Stern and Nathan Milstein, and pianists Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels. Igor knew from an early age what was expected of him. Both his parents were musicians; his mother, Tamara Rotaryova, was a fine pianist, and his father encouraged him to begin lessons as a young boy and to work hard.

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