Petersburg legislative Assembly voted against a referendum on Isaac

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in fotobounce on the southern part of St. Petersburg from the colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Archival photoPetersburg legislative Assembly voted against a referendum on Isaac© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

Members of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg voted against holding the referendum on the status of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, acknowledging his questions correctly, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

According to the representative of the legislation Committee Denis Chetyrbok, expertise of the legal Department acknowledged that the issue of the referendum does not comply with Federal legislation and municipal law.

In particular, the document contains the term «Museum,» but does not specify which category of the museums involved. Another complaint caused one of the wording relating to the observance of religious ceremonies — lawyers recognized her correctly.

In turn, the Deputy Boris Vishnevsky, who was one of the sponsors of the project, said that the conflicts with Federal law is not, as the referendum question is not connected with the law on the transfer of religious property.

Conclusion yurupravleniya criticized the head of the faction «Party of Growth» Oksana Dmitrieva. According to her, St. Isaac’s Cathedral has the status of a Museum, so the links to the Federal law on the transfer of religious property «absolutely not important».

The speaker of the city Parliament Vyacheslav Makarov responded by calling the statements of the opposition «biased» and «politicized.»

The situation around Isaac 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.

President Vladimir Putin during a direct line has called to depoliticize the issue of transfer of Isaac with respect to the religious feelings of people. According to the head of the state, the contradiction can be resolved by ensuring both the Museum and the religious activities of the Cathedral.