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US Judge rules records unlawfully possessed by Russia (archives) Photo: Index Open
US Judge rules records unlawfully possessed by Russia (archives) Photo: Index Open

US Jews call for sanctions against Russia

Jewish group urges American judge to impose civil fines on Moscow for failing to return historic books, documents

Associated Press
Published: 01.13.13, 07:53 / Israel Jewish Scene

A Jewish group is urging a US judge to impose civil fines on Russia for failing to return the group's historic books and documents.


Legal Dispute
US opposes penalty for Russia over historic books / Associated Press
Obama administration objects to Jewish group's bid to have civil fines levied against Moscow for failing to obey court order to return historic documents
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The Justice Department said at Wednesday's hearing that such fines would actually hurt the effort and urged the judge to refrain from ordering them.


US District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth has already ruled the records are unlawfully possessed by the Russian State Library and the Russian military archive.


In 2010, he ordered the Russian government to turn them over to the US embassy in Moscow or to the Jewish group's representative.


Russia, which has completely halted the loan of its art treasures for exhibit in the United States for fear that they will be seized and held hostage in the court battle.



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