LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Russia's deposit yesterday of 500 volumes from the Schneerson Library into a branch of the government-controlled Russian State Library at the Jewish Museum in Moscow does not satisfy Chabad's religious requirements or remedy Russia's unilateral seizure, retention, and claimed ownership of these sacred books. Chabad's spiritual leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, directed repeatedly that the entire Schneerson collection be restored to Chabad at its worldwide headquarters in New York and not remain in Russia. Nor does Russia's transfer of books yesterday address Russia's plunder of Chabad's archive of manuscripts seized by the Nazis in Poland during the Holocaust. Chabad wishes to resolve this matter amicably with the Russian government and is pleased that the United States Department of State is, in government-to-government discussions, urging the return of Chabad's property to its rightful owner in the United States.
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SOURCE Agudas Chasidei Chabad of United States