Media: Poltavchenko has not agreed with Putin the transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral


RIA Novosti

The Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko did not coordinate with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to transfer possession of the Russian Orthodox Church, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, reports “Kommersant”, citing a senior Federal official.

According to him, the surveys conducted among residents suggests that a possible solution to the conflict surrounding the transfer of the Cathedral may be its joint use as a Museum and the Cathedral while maintaining the status of a legal entity.

The refusal of the transfer, in his opinion, would be “too humiliating for the Russian Orthodox Church”, while the implementation of this decision may have negative electoral consequences.

Read also a material “Газеты.Ru” on the transfer of the Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church.