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The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) had not yet applied for the transfer in use of Isakievskiy Cathedral in St. Petersburg. It is reported TASS with reference to the press service of the city Committee of property relations.
“A December 30, repealed, applications from ROC to transfer to St. Isaac’s Cathedral at the moment is not received,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
The transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in use, the ROC agreed in January 2017. Georgy Poltavchenko, who was then Governor of St. Petersburg, claimed that the Council will retain its function as a Museum.
The corresponding decree was signed in December 2016, a bid it had to apply within 24 months, i.e. until December 2018.
The decision has caused discontent of the townspeople: the city held a March in defense of the Museum. The staff of the Cathedral, wrote an open letter to President Vladimir Putin and pointed out that the ROC will not be able to adequately support the preservation of Isaac, also a UNESCO world heritage site.
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