Russia on Thursday harshly criticized a U.S. court ruling fining it $50,000 a day for holding onto tens of thousands of religious books and manuscripts stolen from Jews during the Russian revolution and World War II.
Russia's State Library and the Russian military archive have refused to give up the books, some hundreds of years old, even after a U.S. court ruled that the Brooklyn-based Chabad-Lubavitch group is the rightful owner. The country says the books are part of its national heritage.
Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court ruled Wednesday that Russia should pay the fine until it complies with his 2010 order to return the collection to the Jewish group.
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday called the ruling "an absolutely unlawful and provocative decision" and threatened a tough response if U.S authorities try to seize Russian property in an attempt to get the fine.
(What really happened)This has nothing to do with the books. When Putin took direct control of the Russian Central Bank, he was moved from the "Good guy" column to the "Bad Guy" column. America's current war policy is all about forcing the world to accept private central banking, even as America's private central bank destroys America's economy. Russia now stands in the way of the "dollarification" of the world's resource rich areas to prop up the Petrodollar and keep that Petrodollar as the global reserve currency. So Russia must be demonized ahead of the now-inevitable war for the bankers.