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February 19, 2013 1:25 pm
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Putin: Returning Texts from Schneerson Library “Impossible”

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The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem M. Schneerson. Photo: Mordecai Baron.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said returning a collection of historic Jewish texts to the U.S. is “impossible,” and suggested they be housed in a new Jewish museum and tolerance center in Moscow.

“Perhaps someday we’ll be able to do it, but now we are absolutely not ready for it,” Putin said Tuesday. Transferring the collection risks opening “a Pandora’s box,” creating a precedent for surrendering ownership of state property, he added.

Putin made the comments while visiting the Jewish Museum in Moscow at the request of the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Lazar, who accompanied the president on his visit, which opened six months ago.

Matvey Chlenov, deputy executive director of the Russian Jewish Congress, expressed his personal opinion on the case, telling The Algemeiner, “Those who sued Russia decided to go to court instead of through quiet diplomatic channels and it looks like a deadlock situation now. It is hard to explain to the Russian public why Chabad USA has more rights on this collection than Chabad Russia.”

A U.S. judge last month ordered Russia to pay $50,000 a day until it complies with his earlier ruling to return the collection of religious books and manuscripts, seized by the Soviet government and now part of Russia’s state library. The collection is sought by Chabad-Lubavitch, a Jewish group based in New York.

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  • rofedoc

    Maybe Putin’s buddy Hussein Obama could persuade
    Czar Putin to do the right thing

  • Anatoly Tsaliovich

    The proper place for Jewish texts is the Jewish State: Israel

  • HaDaR

    The Kremlin behaves just like the Vatican, both keep STOLEN JEWISH PROPERTY.
    However, the Vatican has ENTIRE AREAS FILLED WITH TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF LOOT FROM JEWISH COMMUNITIES AND SYNAGOGUES, completely off-limits without Vatican permission from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (which was once called Inquisition) and personal supervision. Such permission was never given to Jews.
    There are not only synagogue treasures of Judaica and Torah scrolls, but apparently that’s where the Temple Menorah, brought to Rome by Titus, is also kept.

  • anon

    if only rabbi schneerson could appear to Russian President Vladimir Putin every night while he sleeps, and appears to him in his dreams and gives him nightmares not just meteor raining down on moscow until he gives it back otherwise i hope he ends up like other non understanding and complying officials are dealt with there shame this one http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/18/russian-lawmaker-found-in-barrel-cement/ wasn’t him or maybe a better man could get his job and do the right thing?

    • Maybe it would be better for Rabbi Schneerson to appear in Rabbi Lazar’s dreams, as who gave him the right to oppose the man the Rebbe put in charge to get the books out?

    • Bathsheva Gladstone

      Even a makeshift apparition of Rabbi Schneerson in Putin’s dreams would be too good to sully itself for the likes of that cretinous putrid Putin!

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