Transparency International asked the Prosecutor General’s office to validate the transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral

St. Isaac’s Cathedral

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SAINT PETERSBURG, January 13. /TASS/. Center for anti-corruption research and initiative Transparency International Russia requested the General Prosecutor’s office to check the actions of the authorities of St.-Petersburg transfer to St. Isaac’s Cathedral Russian Orthodox Church. This was reported today to journalists the head of the regional anti-corruption center Transparency International in Saint-Petersburg Dmitry Sukharev.

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“Transparency International submitted to the General Prosecutor’s office, because he violated the regulations apply, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, by the owner, city not provided an equivalent space to save the Museum that is in principle provided by Federal law,” said Sukharev .

“The statement sent to the Prosecutor General in Moscow, because the issue concerns the actions of the Governor,” he said. Sukharev also suggested that “the claims on this issue is inevitable.”

The petition thirty signatures per minute

Opponents of the transfer of the Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church declare their intention to appeal the decision in court and plans to call the authorities for further dialogue, one of the means which I consider signing a petition addressed to the Governor Georgy Poltavchenko.

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According to activists, initiated the drafting of the petition, it was signed by more than 150 thousand people, and for the last two days – more than 20 thousand.

“The dynamics of thirty people per minute,” – said the activist of the campaign “St. Isaac’s Cathedral – city” Polina Kostylev, stressing that “these are all real people, no bots, because the procedure is complicated.” According to her, 70% of signatories to the petition at the moment from St. Petersburg, but there are people in other cities – Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and Krasnodar.

The St. Petersburg diocese appealed to the city government with the request to transfer her use of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in the summer of 2015, then the request was denied.

In April 2016, the Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Varsonofy appealed to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with a request to transfer the Cathedral Church in accordance with the 2010 Federal law “On transfer to religious organizations of property of religious appointment”.

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A similar appeal in 2016 was sent to the Governor, the diocese insisted that the appointment of the Cathedral as a place of worship should be restored.

The building of St. Isaac’s Cathedral is owned by St. Petersburg, but guarded at the Federal level and included in the list of world cultural heritage of UNESCO.

Before the revolution the Cathedral was not the property of the Church and was administered by the interior Ministry due to the high costs of maintenance of the building.

The Cathedral became a Museum in 1928 and in 1990 it restored the Orthodox divine services are now held daily. In 2016, according to the Museum, was held in the Cathedral service, including the big Christmas service and a memorial service for the victims of the tragedy And 321 in Sinai, was visited by about 18 thousand people. Every year the Cathedral is visited by over 3.5 million tourists, of which the pilgrims, according to the Museum, make up about one percent.

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