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Jewish group calls for sanctions against Russia

(AP) Jewish group calls for sanctions against Russia
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER
Associated Press
WASHINGTON
A Jewish group is urging a federal judge to impose civil fines on Russia for failing to return the group's historic books and documents.

The Justice Department said at Wednesday's hearing that such fines would actually hurt the effort and urged the judge to refrain from ordering them.

U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth has already ruled the records are unlawfully possessed by the Russian State Library and the Russian military archive. And in 2010, he ordered the Russian government to turn them over to the U.S. embassy in Moscow or to the Jewish group's representative.

Russia, which has refused, completely halted the loan of its art treasures for exhibit in the United States, for fear that they will be seized and held hostage in the court battle.

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