Russia: We will not consider US ruling on Jewish documents as binding

Russia on Friday stated it would not consider orders issued by a US court as binding, saying that the American legal system could not tell the country how to handle sacred Jewish documents held in its state library that were seized by the Nazi and Soviet armies. The documents are at the center of a lawsuit brought by members of Chabad-Lubavitch, who are suing Russia in a US court to recover thousands of manuscripts, prayers, lectures and philosophical discourses by leading rabbis dating back to the 18th century. "This court has no authority to enter orders with respect to the property owned by the Russian Federation and in its possession, and the Russian Federation will not consider any such orders to be binding on it," said Russia. Attorneys representing Chabad at the law firm Bingham McCutchen said after five years of litigation, Russia "is now acting like a child who has lost the game and wants to start all over on its home court."