Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Russia Cancels Tallship US Visit over Legal Dispute with Hasidic Jews

The training frigate “Nadezhda” (“Hope”) refused to enter the port of San Francisco out of fear of sanctions related to the Schneerson Library case. The 12,000 books and several hundred manuscripts, collected by Belarusian rabbis, have been the subject of dispute between Russian authorities and the Hasidic movement, Chabad-Lubavitch, for two decades. In 2010, a court in Washington ruled in favor of the Hasidic movement and threatened Russia with a large fine and the seizure of property located on US territory. Russian authorities disagree with the verdict, citing the fact that the unique documents had never left the country, and the owner of the Schneerson collection did not leave any successors.


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