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Russian president Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia could allow a Jewish museum in Moscow to display the disputed book collection of a 19th century Russian rabbi but would not allow the books to leave the country.
An American court recently ordered Russia to hand over the Schneerson collection of books to the New York-based Chabad chassidic group.
Speaking at the newly-inaugurated Jewish Tolerance Centre in Moscow, Putin said that handing over the books would open “a Pandora’s Box” of other claims against properties nationalised by the Soviet Union in the 20th century.
He suggested however that the Tolerance Centre could display the books which, he said, “would benefit people drawn to these cultural values in the first place.”Wednesday, February 20, 2013