(JNS.org) The Russian government, which has refused to return a collection of more than 4,000 Jewish religious books and manuscripts dubbed the "Schneerson collection" to the New York-based Chabad-Lubavitch descendants of the collection's last private owner, this week agreed to give part of the collection to the Moscow Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. The collection's last owner had fled the Soviet Union, in the 1920s, bringing the collection with him.
Although a U.S. judge in January ordered Russia to pay $50,000 a day until the manuscripts were turned over to Chabad, Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering the matter closed.
"I hope that moving the Schneerson library to the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center... will put an end to this problem once and for all," Putin said Thursday while visiting the museum to launch the new exhibition, according to Reuters.
The government of the former Soviet Union found and kept the collections after World War One. "We continue to work with all sides… on a resolution that will be acceptable to all sides, and irrespective of what happened today we continue to do that," U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said.