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Russia Increases Fine for Destruction of Cultural Monuments from $1,200 to $20 Million

July 18, 2013


Russia has introduced legislation to take effect next month that will increase the maximum penalty for destruction of or damage to cultural monuments to $20 million. This is a vast increase from the previous fine of $1,200 which was assessed to a 2011 purchaser of a 19th century Rosenburg Mansion, who demolished the monument to […]

Putin Wears “Happy Smile” to Return Ancient Books to Jewish Group

June 19, 2013


There has been a long-running US-based legal conflict between Russian and the Jewish Chabad-Lubvitch movement, based in Brooklyn, over a collection of books. The group’s leader was permitted to leave the Soviet Union in 1927 but his books ended up in the hands of the Russian government in the process. The Jewish group filed and […]

Russia Lists Historic Mansions for Public Auction

January 22, 2013


There are currently 150,000 architectural monuments in Russia. According to Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, a majority of them are in a “horrific condition.” In order to save these properties from ruin, Medinsky has implemented a plan to auction off the estates and mansions to private citizens who can properly care for and restore them. […]

Obama Administration Decries Civil Sanctions on Russia Over Unlawfully Retained Manuscripts

September 20, 2012


It appears as though Jewish sect Chabad holds an unenforceable judgment against Russia. Chabad initially brought suit in US federal courts against Russia to secure the return of two collections of books and manuscripts held in Moscow. In 2009, Russia abandoned the case and Chabad was granted a default judgment ordering Russia “to surrender [the […]

ICE Returns Historic Documents Stolen Amidst Soviet Breakup to Russia

February 28, 2011


On Friday, the US handed over a trove of historic archive documents that were stolen after the Soviet breakup and had appeared in auction houses across the US.  From AP: The 21 documents include decrees issued by Czar Nicholas II and Marshal Georgy Zhukov, a top-secret paper on the reconstruction of Russian military airfields in […]