US court orders Russia to return documents to Chabad

The US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the Russian Federation on Wednesday in an action filed by a religious organization, Agudas Chasidei Chabad of United States, to recover a sacred collection of Jewish books and manuscripts that were seized during the Bolshevik Revolution and World War II.
The Russian Federation, the Russian Ministry of Culture, the Russian State Library, and the Russian State Military Archive were ordered by Judge Royce C. Lamberth to surrender to the US Embassy in Moscow the complete collection of religious books, manuscripts, documents and things that comprise the collection and ensure prompt and safe transportation of the collection to a destination of the plaintiff’s choosing.
“The return of these sacred materials to their proper home is long overdue,” said Nathan Lewin, an attorney representing Agudas Chabad. “Russia should finally do what is right and not make it necessary for the Chabad community to enforce this judgment with the civil contempt remedies that are well-known and frequently invoked in American courts.”
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