The Church is against the idea to allow the Ministry of culture to limit the transfer of state property to religious organizations

Saint-Petersburg. May 16. INTERFAX – the Russian Orthodox Church is not yet involved in the discussion of the new law on culture, but is interested in the designation of its position on the use of real estate and the issues of preservation of monuments of history and culture, told reporters the head of the legal service of the Moscow Patriarchate abbess Xenia (Chernega).

“In particular, an amendment was proposed providing for the right of the Ministry of culture to establish some lists of property of cultural heritage objects, monuments of history and culture, which cannot be alienated from state ownership. We fear is some kind of discretionary approach to the monuments of history and culture and believe that civil law clearly says that to limit the turnover of this or that object of real estate can only the Federal law,” said K. Chernega on Wednesday on the sidelines of the St Petersburg international legal forum.

In her opinion, to give the matter to the discretion of the public authority is impractical, and if such an amendment is proposed to legislation on culture, the Church will oppose it.

The head of the legal service of the Patriarchate, noted that the amendments previously offered to the “bases of the legislation of the Russian Federation on culture”, is subject to a more in-depth and comprehensive review and discussion.

In December 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to develop a new law on culture. The head of state invited members of the Council for culture with colleagues and representatives of relevant agencies to undertake the development and writing of the draft law on culture and to create a working group. The President expressed the opinion that the new law should preserve and develop the existing successful forms of state support of culture.