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Russian Affiliates Suffer Setback in Battle Over Religious Items

Dec. 3, 2021, 8:05 PM

Two affiliates of the Russian Federation seeking to avoid third-party subpoenas involving a dispute with a religious group seeking the return of 17th century relics failed to get the subpoenas quashed by the D.C. Circuit on Friday.

One affiliate wasn’t entitled to file an interlocutory appeal, and the ruling against the other was affirmed, in an opinion by Judge Judith W. Rogers.

Agudas Chasidei Chabad successfully sued Russia in 2004 to get back the religious materials. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered a default judgment against Russia in 2010, and in 2015 it imposed fines for ...

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