Vladimir Putinto: Alexei Druzhinin / RIA Novosti
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin noted that the situation in Yekaterinburg, where there are mass protests against the construction of a temple on the site of the city square, it is necessary to consider opinion of local residents. He stated this at a media Forum of independent regional and local media, which takes place in Sochi. The broadcast of the event on Thursday, may 16, leads the TV channel “Russia-24”.
“If this view is really a local people and not inveterate activists who come from somewhere to make some noise and popiarit itself, it is necessary to take into account”, — stressed the head of state.
He added that the Church should unite people, not divide. In addition, according to the Russian leader to solve the issue in the interests of all residents in the area people should conduct a survey, the results of which would demonstrate the opinion of the majority, which the minority must obey.
However, in this case the interests of the minority must also be taken into account.
“You need not tug-of-war, not to fight each other, and to sit down and negotiate. The city authorities need to find the best for the people living there the decision”, — Putin said, noting that if the temple will still be built, builders should split the square in a different place.
Previously, on 16 may, the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin feel justified the power scenario in the provocation in Yekaterinburg. “There is also not without those triggers, it invokes the appropriate action of law enforcement agencies. But there is explanatory work”, — he said.
Protests against the construction of the Church of St. Catherine on the square near Sverdlovsk drama theater in the center of Yekaterinburg began on Monday, may 13, and continued the next day. The Cathedral are going to build by 2023, when will be celebrated the 300th anniversary of Ekaterinburg. Due to the disapproval of local residents work was repeatedly postponed.
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