Aleksandr Saveliev, a Russian spokesman, said that the tall ship Kruzenshtern wouldn’t anchor at the port of London during the Olympic Games in 2012, as previously assumed, because of the possibility of detention of the vessel, saying, “We’ve received notification from the British authorities that there’s a chance that they could detain the ship. We’re not allowing the ship to go to the port of London, because we don’t want to risk our property, which is estimated at 120 million USD, or its crew and the cadets”. According to him, the threat of detention is associated with the litigation surrounding the so-called Schneerson Library. Earlier, reports indicated that the sailing ship Sedov, now on an around-the-world journey, wouldn’t be able to enter US ports for the same reason. It hasn’t yet received appropriate assurances from the American authorities that they wouldn’t detain it at the 200th anniversary of Fort Ross. According to Andrei Krainy, the head of the RF Fisheries Agency, “American authorities failed to give us guarantees about our ship, which has nothing to do with those events”.
In late July 2011, an American court decided to order the “return” of approximately 12,000 books and 50,000 rare documents from the so-called Schneerson Collection held in Russia to the Jewish religious organisation Chabad Lubavitch. Because of this, Russian cultural organisations, in particular, a number of major museums such as the Tretyakov Gallery, the Kremlin museums, and the Hermitage had to refuse to participate in exhibitions in the USA, as any art work sent to the USA could be “seized” as compensation, or detained until the Collection was “returned”. An ad hoc intergovernmental agreement could resolve the situation, but when this might happen isn’t clear. Last year, the Russian sailing ship Nadezhda didn’t make landfall in US ports because of the threat of detention in re the so-called Schneerson Collection.
2 July 2012
Goofy legal stunts like this are grist for the anti-Semites’ mill. The Chabad never owned the collection in question… therefore, they have NO right to it whatsoever, full stop. However, this shows one how stories of Jews “owning the courts and media” stay alive. People with money chose to use that money in a harassing law suit against Russia because they believe oddbod stories about how Zaydeh was chased by “Cossacks” (not completely true… but myths, once implanted, are damnably hard to uproot). Chabad’s suit should have been thrown out on its ear… instead, because “money talks and bullshit walks”, the suit proceeded, as local pols didn’t want to upset an affluent set in their district. President Obama will set it right, but he has to wait until after he wins the election… and the Russians know this, thankfully. As for Chabad, their sinful greed is on display for all to see… and I’m NOT anti-Semitic for pointing that fact up. It does take all kinds… including the terminally-greedy. Pass me the jug…