A U.S. federal judge has ordered Russia to surrender thousands of Jewish books and manuscripts seized during conflicts in the first half of the 20th century.
The New York-based Jewish group Chabad-Lubavitch sued Russia to get the papers back.
In a decision released Wednesday in Washington, a federal judge ruled that the seizure of the documents served no public purpose, and that the Jewish group was not compensated when they were taken.
The judge also noted that the late Russian President Boris Yeltsin promised former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker that the materials would be returned.
Soviet authorities seized the books and papers during the Bolshevik Revolution and Russian Civil War between 1917 and 1925. The materials wound up in Poland and were stolen by the Nazis in World War Two. The Soviets retrieved them after the war and placed them in the Russian State Military Archives.
From The Voice of America
The original article may be found here.