Putin suggested that the collection of Jewish books and documents be given a permanent home in Russia. But according to Putin, instead of being housed as they now are by a state library and a military archive, the collection could be housed in the Russian capital’s new Jewish Museum.
Putin Suggests Chabad Books Could Be Housed In Moscow Jewish Museum
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has suggested a solution to the fight between Chabad and Russia over a library of valuable Chabad books.
Russia has refused to give the library to Chabad, which lost control of it during WW2, claiming the collection is state property.
Putin, who said yesterday that it was “impossible” for Russia to give the collection to Chabad in the US, suggested that the collection be given a permanent home in Russia. But instead of being housed as they now are by a state library and a military archive, the collection could be housed in the Russian capital’s new Jewish Museum.
“Perhaps someday we’ll be able to [give the books to Chabad in the US], but now we are absolutely not ready for it…[transferring the collection risks opening] a Pandora’s box,” creating a precedent for surrendering ownership of state property, Putin said.
In January, a US District Court judge ordered that Russia be fined $50,000 a day until it turns over the so-called Schneerson Collection to Chabad in Brooklyn, N.Y, angering Russia and sparking an international incident. The Obama Administration opposed the judge’s ruling – which is unenforcible anyway because the court has no jurisdiction over Russia.
[Hat Tip: Burich.]