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The Jews

Win Big Against Russians

Over Historic Manuscripts

1/16/2013 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Score a big one for religious freedom -- a judge just nailed the Russian Government with huge fines for refusing to turn over some priceless books and manuscripts that were stolen from the preeminent worldwide Jewish cultural organization ... TMZ has learned.

Chabad sued the Russian Federation for illegally refusing to turn over thousands of religious books and manuscripts which recorded the group's core teachings.  In 2010, a U.S. federal judge ruled the Russians had to return the artifacts, but the Russkies said niet.

Lawyers for Chabad -- Marshall Grossman and Seth Gerber of the law firm of Bingham, McCutchen -- just won a huge victory.  A federal judge ruled today that the Russian Government must pay Chabad $50,000 a day for each day they refuse to fork over the books.

The penalties will amount to $18 mil a year. 

Interestingly, the Obama Administration through the State Dept. went to court to oppose an award of sanctions, arguing they would screw up U.S./Russian relations.  The judge didn't buy it.


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Too bad Lindsay Lohan doesn't work for the State Department - if she had they may have had a chance for the judge to "buy it" - Good thing she didn't though, Great Victory!!!!

608 days ago


"A federal judge ruled today that the Russian Government must pay Chabad $50,000 a day for each day they refuse to fork over the books"
Be interesting to see how that actually rolls out in the next several months

608 days ago


I'm sure the Russian Government are quaking in their boots. Does the American Judicial system really think that "THEIR" ruling is going to hold any water in getting the books back? I'll just bet Russia is laughing their heads off. How the hell does anyone go to Russia now and collect on the bill?

608 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

"He will not allow your foot to be moved, He who keep you will not slumber; indeed He who watches over Israel shall not slumber nor sleep"

-False god serving- Pharaoh, Feds, and other Fascists - ALL in -NEAR- due time.
The House of David 2 Chronicles 13 Victory, is HERE:
NOW: The Most Holy Christ King Yeshua reigns!

608 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

This is entertainment news? Anyway, I don't get this story because there are many Russian Jews, where are they in all this. How did the Russian government get these books? Why is the US government involved? What's Chabad?

608 days ago

Freelance Proofreader    

You're not CNN. This, other than Hollywood and TMZ having a lot of Jewish people, has no reason to be on this site. Stick to celebrities.

608 days ago


Obama is not now nor has he ever been a friend to the jew. He is a pro-muslim socialist!

608 days ago


WTF am I reading this on TMZ??? Stick to what you do and leave the political news to the news sites!

608 days ago


The Russians pulled their lawyers off this case years ago saying the USA doesn't have jurisdiction. And this is one court -- a district court -- ruling. Why are you even trying to cover something this far out of TMZ's league?

608 days ago


isn't niet dutch??

608 days ago

BB not bb    

This is McBogus. US courts have no jurisdiciton over Russia. Now they wlll not only say no, but they wll not want to even consider giving back the books. That is a big insult to them to tell them they have to obey US law and pay fines no less.

If the Chabad wanted to get those books, they should have dealt with the Russian system. They should have maybe appealed to the officials directly and politely asked for the books in the name of goodwill.

Now it just looks like they are trying to strong arm the Russians, which will not work. But I guess the lawyers made out, so it was a win for them.

Chabad is an Eastern European Hasidic sect which not all Russian Jews are a part of. They are ultra orthodox and seem to be somewhat extremist at times.

608 days ago


Politics and religion.....not going there

608 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

@Lee: You are totally correct. His disdain for both chosen Israel and the honorable Prime Minister Netanyahu cannot be disguised.
Of course, since members of the Muslim Brotherhood
have -DO***ENTED- infiltrated the U.S. "Government" (with high-level Security Clearances), the Anti-Judeo-Christian actions are
at an all-time high. Still, let not your heart be troubled: The MB in "America", -beginning with their Pharaoh- is about to receive a GODLY-ordained, old-fashioned, AMERICAN bu**-whipping.

The House of David 2 Chronicles 13 Victory, is HERE:
NOW, The Most Blessed Christ King Yeshua reigns!

608 days ago


Guess a Mossad special unit 's lying hidden under Putin's bed right now preparing to take care of business.

608 days ago


18 million a year? which one is considered the victory for Jews...the money or the religious books?

608 days ago
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