Why not to give back the library and archive stolen from Chabad? Because if they start giving back there will be no end. The Communist regime founded on criminality can not afford to give anything back.
Dispute leads Russia to nix art loans
Decades-long disagreement with Chabad over ownership of holy texts collected by influential rabbis, seized by Soviet Union may end major cultural loans between Russia, US
Published: 05.22.11, 09:18 / Israel Culture
A decades-long dispute between Russia and an Orthodox Jewish group over ownership of holy texts collected for centuries by influential rabbis and seized by the Soviet Union has jolted the US art world, threatening an end to major cultural loans between the two countries.
Russia has already frozen art loans to major American institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, fearing that its cultural property could be seized after the Brooklyn, New York-based Chabad-Lubavitch movement won a lawsuit in US District Court in 2010 compelling the return of its texts.
The Met – and possibly other major lending institutions – are weighing whether to discontinue loans of cultural property to Russia.
The issue has become so important to relations between the US and Russia that the Justice Department has signaled for the first time in court papers that by Monday, it may weigh in on the legal case – which the Russians pulled out of in 2009, citing sovereign immunity.
Federal attorneys declined to comment for this story, and Russia's Culture Ministry did not respond to numerous calls, emails and faxes from The Associated Press seeking comment.
The US State Department has worked to support Chabad's campaign to reclaim its sacred texts since the 1990s.
Chabad is a worldwide Orthodox Hasidic Jewish movement, and has spent decades trying to reclaim the trove of thousands of religious books, manuscripts and handwritten documents, known as the Schneerson Collection, held in Russian repositories. Collected since 1772 by the leaders of the movement, the revered religious papers include Chabad's core teachings and traditions. [Read the rest]