Transfer Sampsonievsky Cathedral in the lawful possession of the Church – the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation

Moscow. April 19. INTERFAX – Transfer Sampsonievsky Cathedral of Russian Orthodox Church has not broken the law “About Museum Fund and museums in the Russian Federation”, said to “Interfax” in the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation.

Earlier, several media outlets reported that the head of the Commission for education, culture and science of legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Maxim Reznik appealed to the Prosecutor General with a request to check the legitimacy of the transfer of the Russian Church of St. Sampson Cathedral, which until then was part of the Museum complex St Isaac’s Cathedral. M. Reznik said that the removal of Museum property prohibited by the Federal law “About Museum Fund and museums in the Russian Federation”.

“The order of transfer to religious organizations of property of religious appointment is governed by Federal law No. 327-FZ. This law establishes the concept of property to religious purposes, guarantees the right of religious organizations to appeal on the question of the transfer of property for religious purposes. As for the Sampson Cathedral, he transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church, and its interior items in February was donated to the diocese. Violations of the law “About Museum Fund” in this case is absent”, – reported in the Ministry.

It also noted that “the hand of St. Isaac’s Cathedral is not regulated by the law “About Museum Fund and museums in the Russian Federation”.

The Church for several years sought to transfer her to St. Isaac’s Cathedral. The part of the namesake of the state Museum-monument of the Church had already been sent to Smolny and Sampsonievsky cathedrals.

In January 2017 the government of St. Petersburg announced the decision to transfer to St. Isaac’s Cathedral for 49 years, the Russian Orthodox Church in the free use with preserving the Museum and educational functions. The building will remain the property of St. Petersburg.

The decision of the city authorities caused a great public outcry, the city held protests. Then there was an initiative on holding a referendum on the issue of membership of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul Cathedral and Savior-on-Blood. The official address of the Church on the transfer of the Smolny Cathedral is still not received.