The refusal of deputies of legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg to consider the question of a referendum on Isaac does not contradict the rules – the speaker

Saint-Petersburg. May 17. INTERFAX – the Question of a referendum on the transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral can be included in the agenda at the next meeting of the legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, but this does not mean that MPs will have to consider it, said the speaker of Parliament Vyacheslav Makarov.

“I can stress that we are completely reconciled in accordance with the regulations. The legislation Committee raised the issue in the agenda. The deputies have the right to consider or not to consider it,” said Makarov to journalists on Wednesday.

“This question was removed from the agenda. It can be set at the next meeting, but it all depends on whether the MPs to consider it,” he added.

Speaking about his personal attitude to the referendum, V. Makarov noted that the proposed issues relate to the subject of regulation by Federal law.

During a briefing the speaker of the legislative Assembly at walls of the Mariinsky Palace is an action of opponents of the transfer of Isaac Church, insisting on the referendum. Near the Parliament building gathered a few dozen people, it went to the deputies of opposition factions. The police do not interfere with their communication.

Earlier it was reported that the legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg at the plenary session on Wednesday suddenly removed from the agenda the question of the referendum on St. Isaac’s Cathedral. To remove the issue from the agenda was made by MP Borys Ivchenko (“United Russia”). It was supported by 38 deputies. Debate on this question was not provided.

“Any member of the legislative Assembly may propose to make, or to remove from the agenda any issue,” – said “Interfax” the press service of the Parliament.

The question of the referendum was included in the agenda at the Committee meeting on the legislation on Friday. While the legal Department of the legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg gave a negative opinion on the referendum about Isaakii.