Putin urged to depoliticize the transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Russian Orthodox Church

© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during the annual Direct line. 15 June 2017Putin urged to depoliticize the transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Russian Orthodox Church© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated the image Bank

The transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in Saint-Petersburg of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) it is necessary to depoliticise, you cannot use this situation as a tool for small domestic political turmoil, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin during the annual direct line.

«We need to depoliticize this issue, forget that it exists as such, with respect and religious feelings of the people, and not to forget that the building was built as a Church, not as a Museum. But the Museum’s function there is, of course, needs to be maintained,» Putin said.

According to him, to build such a work is not that difficult.

«Only don’t need to cheat here, and do not need to speculate on the subject, people need to initiate and use this as a tool some minor political fuss,» — said the President.

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. Remains and legal status of the object — 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.