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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Library Files Suit

ST. PETERSBURG () -- The Russian National Library has filed a nearly $2 million civil suit against a controversial lawyer accused of complicity in the theft of ancient Eastern manuscripts, Interfax said.


The St. Petersburg library claims its manuscripts, ranging from 300 to 1,300 years old, were damaged after they disappeared in December 1994. Police recovered them several days later.


Dmitry Yakubovsky, once appointed by President Boris Yeltsin to look into government corruption, is on trial on charges of involvement in the theft of the 89 manuscripts, valued at $1 million to $9 million each.


The civil suit was announced Tuesday in a St. Petersburg court, Interfax reported.