Speedy transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral Russian Orthodox Church hinder
factors lying outside the legal field, while when the ROC will apply to the transfer, is still unknown, and for a referendum on this question there is no reason, said the head of the legal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate abbess Xenia (Chernega Oksana) , “Interfax”.
“How will the situation with Isaac, we don’t know. It all depends on when it will be discontinued the right of operational management of the Museum, before or after the decision on the transfer of the object”, – said the abbess on the sidelines of St. Petersburg international legal forum on may 19.
Responding to a question about whether there are factors that prevent the transfer of the Cathedral Church, Chernega noted that, “perhaps these factors, but they are outside the law.”
“I believe that the law allows you to do it today, tomorrow, and yesterday allowed”, – said the abbess Xenia.
The abbess explained that the law does not reglamentary the question of when the ROC must apply for the transfer of the Cathedral. “While there are no documents requiring us to apply. When it is filed, I’m not ready to say I do not know,” said Chernega.
Answering a question, whether will manage to pass Isaac ROC until July 12, what the media wrote, the abbess said that according to 327-mu Federal law, the application shall be considered within one month from the date of submission. “And in a month should be decided on the transfer. Further the transfer is either for a period not exceeding two years if the transfer is not made. If prepared, within
the six-year period”, she added.
With regard to the proposal to hold a referendum on the transfer of Isaac to the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church, according to the Chernega, grounds for him there. She explained that the referendum is conducted only on those issues that are not regulated by Federal laws. In this case, questions about the legality of the termination of the right of operational management
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In January 2017 the authorities of St. Petersburg announced the decision to transfer to St. Isaac’s Cathedral in the vision of the Church for 49 years with preservation of the Museum and educational functions. The building also remains in city property. This decision has caused a wide public resonance and caused several conflicts, in particular those related to anti-Semitic remarks of the Vice-speaker of the state Duma Peter Tolstoy on the subject. In addition, in St. Petersburg held several protests.
The initiative group of citizens submitted to the Election Commission of St. Petersburg’s bid to hold a referendum on the transfer of the Cathedral. This initiative endorsed the electoral Commission, but rejected Legislative Assembly. The ROC was initially opposed to a referendum, calling it “legal nonsense” and “counterproductive idea.”
Recently, the Governor of Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko said that the request from the ROC for its management of the Cathedral yet not received.