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The Yekaterinburg diocese has refused to build the Cathedral of St. Catherine the great Martyr in the Park in the center of Yekaterinburg. On Sunday, June 16, reported on the website of the diocese.
According to Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, instead of the square near the Drama theatre for the construction of the temple will be selected, “worthy” place. He noted that the previously selected plot at the theater “in an atmosphere of total lies and deception” will still cause contention among the citizens and may “Wake up an ancient demon of civil strife,” therefore, the Church decided to abandon it.
The Metropolitan said that the protesters against the construction of the Cathedral “works show a hatred of God’s presence in their lives.”
Earlier in June, alternative sites for the construction of the temple called sinful, since they do not take into account the Orthodox tradition of placing councils.
In mid-may in Yekaterinburg near the site held a protest against the appearance of the Cathedral of St. Catherine in the green zone. Activists have repeatedly brought down the fence and broke the protected area, requiring you to save the square, and came into conflict with the guards and security forces. Was detained about 100 participants, 30 of them were arrested for periods ranging from two to 15 days. The organizer of the protest has been fined 20 thousand rubles for a concurrence of events with officials. One of the protesters will be tried for insulting a police officer.
President Vladimir Putin said that officials need to consider the opinion of citizens. After that, the regional authorities agreed to conduct a public opinion poll and thus to select the location for the temple. According to the poll, 74 percent of the residents of Yekaterinburg against the construction of the Cathedral in the square. The Yekaterinburg diocese has asked to postpone the poll for at least a month to “pacify” citizens.
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