The question of the referendum on Isaac again will consider in the Parliament of St. Petersburg

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in potenciadance Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Archival photoThe question of the referendum on Isaac again will consider in the Parliament of St. Petersburg© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

The Council’s fractions of Legislative Assembly of Petersburg has approved the inclusion of the referendum on the status of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in the draft agenda of the meeting of may 24, reported on his page on the social network Facebook city MP Boris Vishnevsky.

Earlier, the Parliament of St. Petersburg included a discussion on the referendum to the agenda for may 17, but before the MP Borys Ivchenko proposed to remove the issue of referendum. His proposal was supported by most MPs and the issue was removed from agenda.

«The Council of the factions of the legislative Assembly approved the inclusion in the draft agenda of the meeting on 24 may, the issue of «Isaac’s» referendum. But as I think and as already mentioned, only to again it out of the agenda right at the meeting to exclude. Then according to the regulations within a month to make this issue impossible, and June 21 — the last meeting before the summer break,» wrote Wisniewski.

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.