A US-based Jewish group Thursday rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s suggestion to house disputed historical collections of books and documents at a Jewish museum in Moscow.
Nathan Lewin, a lawyer for the Jewish group Chabad, said in a statement provided to The Associated Press that Chabad was the rightful owner and Putin’s proposal was not acceptable.
“The collection must be returned to the Agudas Chasidei Chabad library at Chabad’s worldwide headquarters in Brooklyn, New York,” Lewin said.
Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court here last month fined Russia $50,000 a day until it returns the documents to Chabad.
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