May 2, 2014
TO: NCSJ Leadership and Interested Parties
FROM: Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman;
Alexander Smukler, NCSJ President;
Mark B. Levin, NCSJ Executive Director
This week, the IMF approved a $17 billion bailout for Ukraine, contingent on drastic economic reforms, in a move to shore up Ukraine's deflating economy.
Ukraine's new government has promised to undertake spending cuts and tax increases and to reform Ukraine's energy sector, which depends heavily on natural
gas imports from Russia.
The IMF also warned that increased instability in Ukraine's east would further depress the economy. The IMF and its partners, it said, may need to make
additional commitments to prevent a deeper and longer recession.
Last week, NCSJ Deputy Director Lesley Weiss traveled to Belarus in her capacity as Chair of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Abroad.
She was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the protection and preservation of cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings in Belarus
associated with the heritage of Americans.
The visit to Minsk was a continuation of discussions between the U.S. and Belarus governments toward reaching an agreement on the protection and
preservation of cultural properties.
With the help of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, her government meetings included discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the
Office of the Plenipotentiary for Religions and Nationalities, and the Department of Archives and Records of the Ministry of Justice.
Lesley had the opportunity to meet with Jewish community leadership, and was pleased to have had the chance to visit with Galina Levina and her mother to
extend personal condolences on the recent death of Leonid Levin, NCSJ's longtime friend. She also met with representatives of civil society, historians,
heritage preservation experts, and visited Jewish and other historical sites in Minsk and Mogilev.
Mark B. Levin
for NCSJ's Weekly News Update.
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