MOSCOW, Russia--The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has blocked the return of the Bremen Kunsthalle collection to Germany, saying there were no legal grounds for the transfer of valuables that have long become the legitimate property of Russia. The ban came days after the Culture Ministry pledged to return the collection of drawings and watercolors taken at the end of World War II by Soviet army captain Viktor Baldin.

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