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The construction of the Church of St. Catherine on the site of the square in the center of Yekaterinburg suspended and will not resume until you know the results of a survey of residents about the fate of the territory. This was stated by the head of the city Alexander Vysokinskiy, reports TASS.
“The construction site today we have stopped. Regarding the referendum and construction we said that the building will have to wait. Until a decision is made to search public opinion,” the mayor said during a visit to the protests of the opponents of the Church.
Previously, on 16 may, President Vladimir Putin expressed the view that the situation around the construction of the Cathedral must take into account the views of local residents. After this the regional authorities have agreed to conduct a survey jointly with the Fund “Socium”.
Protests against the construction of the Cathedral of St. Catherine, which officials want to finish to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Ekaterinburg in 2023, began on 13 may and lasted for several days. Activists broke into the construction site, clashed with security guards and security officers. More than 20 people were sentenced to administrative arrests, the police goes around to schools and colleges and with students conducting preventive conversations.
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