Thursday, September 17, 2015

Russian state exhibits to US on hold for next few years — culture envoy

"MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. In the coming few years, American nationals may be deprived of an opportunity to see state exhibits from Russia over the disputed Schneerson Library collection and the YUKOS case, Russian president’s envoy for international cultural cooperation, Mikhail Shvydkoi, told a news conference on Wednesday.
"It is obvious that we won’t be able to organize any inter-museum state exhibitions with Americans. That is why, we are trying to find some options in which Russian art could be presented in the US by private collectors," he said.
Russian-American museum exchange stopped completely following the dispute over the so-called Schneerson Library collection. In late July 2011, the US court ordered return of about 12,000 books and 50 rare documents from the Schneerson collection, started by Rabbi Joseph Schneerson in the Russian city of Lyubavichi. Part of the collection was nationalized by Soviet Russia as there were no legal heirs in the Schneerson family.
Schneerson managed to take the other part of the collection out of the Soviet Union while emigrating in the 1930s. About 25,000 pages of manuscripts from the collection were later seized by the Nazis, then were regained by the Red Army and handed over to the Russian State Military Archive..."


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