Putin’s idea to house Jewish collection rejected
by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press
February 21, 2013 11:15 AM | 645 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, accompanied by Chairman of Federation of Russia's Jewish Organizations Alexander Boroda, right, and Russia's Chief Rabbi, Berel Lazar, left, visits the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Second left back is Skolkovo Foundation Head Viktor Vekselberg. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, accompanied by Chairman of Federation of Russia's Jewish Organizations Alexander Boroda, right, and Russia's Chief Rabbi, Berel Lazar, left, visits the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Second left back is Skolkovo Foundation Head Viktor Vekselberg. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S.-based Jewish group is rejecting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s suggestion to house a disputed historical collection of books and documents at a Jewish museum in Moscow.

A Washington, D.C., judge has fined Russia $50,000 a day until it returns the documents to the Jewish group, Chabad (khah-BAHD’). Putin floated the idea this week of transferring them to the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center as a way to resolve the impasse.

But in a statement provided Thursday to The Associated Press, Chabad lawyer Nathan Lewin categorically rejects the proposal. Lewin says the only acceptable outcome is for the collection to be returned to Chabad’s world headquarters in Brooklyn.

Russia has halted all art exhibit loans to the U.S., fearing they would be seized and held hostage in the court battle.

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