Monday, July 01, 2013

Russia Sues Library of Congress For Return Of Loaned Books From Collection At Center of U.S. Litigation

As previously reported, in long-running litigation a U.S. federal district court has held the Russian government and three of its agencies in civil contempt for not complying with a 2010 default judgement ordering it to return two expropriated collections of valuable Jewish religious books and manuscripts to Chasidei Chabad of United States. Now the Russian government has instituted its own lawsuit in a Russian court to force the U.S. Library of Congress to return seven books from one of the two collections that are on loan to it from Russia. Interfax reports today on a statement from Russia's ministry press service:
On July 1 the Ministry of Culture and the Russian State Library filed a motion at the Moscow Arbitration Court to bind the Library of the U.S. Congress to return seven books from the Schneerson library of the collection of the RSL center of Oriental literature received in 1994 for temporary use under the international library exchange system.
 Agudas Chasidei Chabad is also named as a party in the lawsuit.