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FILE - This Feb. 4, 1952, photo, shows a view of a partially emptied mass grave in the Katyn forest where a massacre of some 10,000 Polish prisoners of war took place in May 1943, near Smolensk, Russia.  Col. John H. van Vliet is shown in the group at the edge of the trench, and van Vliet is convinced that the Russians, not the Germans, were responsible for the massacre. The Obama administration is opposing a Jewish group's bid to levy civil fines against Russia for failing to obey a court order to return its historic books and documents — a dispute which has halted the loan of Russian art works for exhibit in the United States. In a recent court filing, the Justice Department argued that judicial sanctions against Russia in this case would be contrary to U.S. foreign policy interests and inconsistent with U.S. law. The Jewish group, Chabad-Lubavitch of Brooklyn, N.Y., has already persuaded Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court here that it has a valid claim to the tens of thousands of religious books and manuscripts, some up to 500 years old, which record the group's core teachings and traditions.  (AP Photo)

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