Saturday, November 14, 2020

Chabad Moves One Step Closer To Recovering Sanctions Against Russia In Attempt To Repatriate Library

Agudas Chasidei Chabad of the United States v. Russian Federation, (D DC, Nov. 6, 2020), is the latest decision in a long-running attempt by Agudas Chasidei Chabad to recover from the Russian government two expropriated collections of valuable Jewish religious books and manuscripts. In 2013, the D.C. federal district court held the Russian government and three of its agencies in civil contempt, and imposed sanctions of $50,000 per day, for not complying with a 2010 default judgement ordering it to return the materials. (See prior posting). Plaintiffs attempted to find Russian assets to satisfy the sanctions by issuing subpoenas to Tenam, an indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary of Russia's nuclear agency.  Tenam challenged the subpoenas by challenging the underlying judgment against Russia. The district court held that Tenam lacks standing to challenge that judgment, and Tenam appealed. Now Tenam seeks a stay of discovery pending that appeal. In this latest 54-page decision, the federal district court denies that stay. VINnews reports on the decision. [Thanks to Steven H. Sholk for the lead.]