Federal Judge Weighs Sanctions Against Russia in Dispute Over Religious Texts

, The National Law Journal


In a long-running legal fight over Jewish religious texts seized in the 20th century, a D.C. federal judge heard arguments last week on whether to levy civil contempt sanctions against Russia for refusing to obey an order to return the texts. The Justice Department has argued against sanctions, saying they would run afoul of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and threaten U.S. foreign policy interests.

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