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Russian Ship Turns Away from San Francisco as Part of Chabad Russian Art Embargo Dispute

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on October 31, 2011 at 5:05 AM

In a story that did not seem like it could get any more unusual, the long-running Chabad library dispute in Washington, DC that has resulted in a Russian fine art loan embargo for nearly a year took a maritime turn in San Francisco this weekend. At the last minute, a sailing ship named the Nadezhda that was headed to San Francisco on a goodwill tour stopped short of entering the port. It anchored just outside the Golden Gate and awaited a pilot to guide it in. When the pilot headed out, a message was received that the Russian ship would not be docking, and it headed for Mexico.

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Topics: Russia, Vladimir Vinokurov, Restitution, art embargo, Foreign Sovereign Immunities, Chabad, Nadezhda

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