Saint Petersburg/Saransk. 4 Aug. INTERFAX – Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Varsonofy did not lose hope for a speedy transfer to the gratuitous use of the Church of St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
“Until we petitioned for the return. Now they have changed the Director. But I want to see in this Cathedral there were more services, and the entrance to the temple was free for the people. Yet to achieve is not possible. Although I think that in the near future it will happen, and, as required by law, the Council will be returned to the Church” – quoted description of the Metropolitan of Saransk of the Mordovian newspaper “Capital”.
He also added that the Church organizes in the Cathedral “Museum and tour activities.”
“So the Cathedral won’t lose anything and as a tourist attraction, but will become even better,” expects Metropolitan Varsonofy.
At the end of 2016, the authorities of St. Petersburg decided to transfer to St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the gratuitous use of the Church. A plan of measures on transfer, however, the official application from the Church still have not received. The issue of transfer of the Cathedral, caused a wide discussion in society, provoking a few rallies of both supporters and opponents of transmission.
On 15 June during a “straight line” President Vladimir Putin said that the issue of transfer of the Russian Orthodox Church, St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg is necessary to depoliticize and that the Cathedral should retain the function of the Museum.
On the same day was appointed as the new Director of the State Museum-monument “St. Isaac’s Cathedral” Yuri Mudrov.