The court rejected the suit against the AP on the referendum about Isaakii due to the underpayment of duties

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Galleryparty in fotobanka in the building of the city legislature in St. PetersburgThe court rejected the suit against the AP on the referendum about Isaakii due to the underpayment of duties© RIA Novosti / Alexander Galleryparty the image Bank

The October district court of St.-Petersburg has left without movement the administrative claim of the opposition deputies of the city Parliament about recognition illegal inactivity of the legislative Assembly on the question of holding a referendum on the status of St. Isaac’s Cathedral for underpayment of duty, reported the press service of the St. Petersburg city court.

Previously, the Committee on legislation of city Parliament recommended to put the issue on referendum in the agenda of the plenary session of the AP, however, the legal Department of the legislative Assembly has determined that the tabled question does not comply with Federal and local laws. It was expected that ZS of Petersburg will consider the relevant resolution at the meeting of April 26, however, most deputies refused to discuss it. Then came the information that the question on the referendum will be included in the agenda of the meeting of the AP on may 17, however, the deputies again began to consider it.

«Oktyabrsky district court of St.-Petersburg left without motion administrative claim of Amoz, Vishnevsky, Kovalev, Resnick, Tromadance to the legislative Assembly of St.-Petersburg about a recognition illegal inactivity of a public authority on the question of holding a referendum in respect of the Cathedral of St. Isaac of Dalmatia», — stated in the message of the court. According to the press service, the reason for this decision was the amount of the registration fee.

In turn, the city Parliament Deputy Boris Vishnevsky has told RIA Novosti that the state duty deputies paid on may 18, and today the claim will again be sent to the court.

The situation around St. Isaac’s Cathedral caused a public outcry when the authorities of St. Petersburg decided to transfer the Cathedral for 49 years, the Russian Orthodox Church in the free use with preserving the Museum and educational functions. Later they said that the Cathedral is transmitted without a change of legal status — its owner is the city. The public is concerned about the fate of Isaac, despite the statement of representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Museum functions will be expanded, and the entrance to the Cathedral will be free.

The Kremlin said earlier that the issue of transfer of Isaac is entirely in the jurisdiction of the city authorities. In mid-April, the press service of the Governor of St. Petersburg noted that the official statement of the Russian Orthodox Church about St. Isaac’s Cathedral transfer to the gratuitous use of the Church to the city administration did not arrive.

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