Friday, August 10, 2012

In stories you may have missed this week...

What with the Olympics other stories are maybe not getting into the news so here`s one which I noticed the other day which looked interesting. Pity there`s not more background to it!

Court Rejects Russian’s Claim to Vatican


MOSCOW, August 9 (RIA Novosti)

Russia’s Supreme Court has overturned an appeal from a Russian national who urged the country’s judiciary to recognize his ownership of the Vatican, the court’s spokeswoman said on Thursday.
“The court has reviewed an appeal from Roman Lugovoi, who requested the establishment of Vatican inheritance and property rights. The appeal has been dismissed,” the spokeswoman said, adding that Lugovoi had named the pope as defendant in his claim.
She however did not elaborate why Lugovoi considered himself a legitimate heir to the See of Rome.
In early 2012, a Moscow arbitration court dismissed a claim from a woman who said she had the right to own a part of the Kremlin, naming then President Dmitry Medvedev, the government, the Culture Ministry and the federal property watchdog Rosimushchestvo as defendants.
In October 2011, the court overturned a similar claim from the head of the Fund for the Assistance to the National and Religious Agreement, who said that he was a descendant of the ancient Russian dynasty of the Ryuriks and was entitled to part of the Kremlin.

1 comment:

1569 Rising said...

Could have been interesting if the Russian Court's decision had been the other way round, and if Russia was a signatory to the European Court.

Could it have established a precedent which could be used in the English courts, resulting in the return to the Catholic Church of all eccesiastical property seized in the 16th century.

On second thoughts, imagine the fun our church authorities would have had in the 1970's. It would have been great to get a chance to re-order Durham Cathedral or York Minster.