The Patriarch approved the transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral Church with the President, the source said in Church circles, and two of the interlocutor close to the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church. Senior officials in the Kremlin, in particular the first Deputy head of presidential administration Sergey Kiriyenko, the decision did not know, says one of the interlocutors . According to him, the President’s consent was obtained in December.
Officially that Putin discussed with the Patriarch the issue of transfer of Isaac, had not been reported. Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the handover of religious objects “is not the prerogative of the President.” The last official meeting of Putin with the head of the ROC in 2016 was on 22 November — the President congratulated the Patriarch on his 70th birthday. 1 Dec the Patriarch listened to the message to the Federal Assembly Putin, and on 28 December participated in the gala new year reception in the Kremlin, where was Putin.
The Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko with Putin and the country’s leadership on the transfer of Isaac, the ROC did not speak, said in February a Federal official.
The decision on the transfer of Isaac Poltavchenko took after the meeting with Patriarch Kirill in December 2016, said a source in the Museum of St. Petersburg and two people close to the administration of the city.
The Patriarch visited the city from December 17 to 19, according to the website of the St. Petersburg Metropolia. In his honor took place on two stages — the Church in the diocese of St. Petersburg and secular, on behalf of Georgy Poltavchenko, in the state residence “K-2” on the Bank of Malaya Nevka river, said a source close to the diocese, and officials of the city administration.
Publicly on the transfer of Isaac at the reception in the residence not spoken a word, said the official, who was present at a social event and confirmed one invited. But in the evening held a private meeting of the Patriarch and Poltavchenko, said two other companion close to the city administration; there it was decided that Isaac will be transferred to ROC
When Poltavchenko told the Director of the Museum “St. Isaac’s Cathedral” Nikolai burovu on the transfer of the Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church — read the investigation
Shortly about the decision to recognize the media. About the impending transfer, citing its own sources 30 Dec reported “Fontanka”, after the New year himself Poltavchenko confirmed this information to TASS. “The question is solved”, — he said.
Before the Patriarch joined the decision on the transfer of Isaac ROC, Poltavchenko took another position, found . To be in possession of a letter Poltavchenko addressed to the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev as of may 18, 2016, which the Governor opposed the transfer of Isaac. So the Governor responded to the appeal of Metropolitan of St. Petersburg Barsonophios Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with a request to assist in the transfer of the Church of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Cathedral of the Savior on Blood and other objects. The Barsanuphius wrote a letter to Medvedev in July 2015.
“Transfer cathedrals in the gratuitous use of the diocese will lead to the virtual elimination of one of the most popular and visited museums of St. Petersburg”, — says Georgy Poltavchenko in the letter. The application of Barsanuphius “caused a public discussion,” the majority of citizens spoke out strongly against the transfer of the cathedrals of the diocese — said the Governor.
If the decision to refer the councils of the Church is accepted, this will be a direct violation of the statutory rights of citizens and human rights priority in relation to the rights of religious organizations, insisted Poltavchenko.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral he called the only Museum in the country, existing entirely by its own activities without subsidies from the state budget. In the case of transfer of Isaac, the obligation for financing of its “content, protection and restoration will be vested in the government of St. Petersburg”, and that “in conditions of deficiency of the city budget” unreasonably, stressed Georgy Poltavchenko. To the transfer of Isaac, the Governor proposed to go back after the defined permanent sources of financing.
In the government confirmed that Poltavchenko then considered the transfer of two cathedrals premature. The Ministry of economic development, which Medvedev gathered feedback from departments and preparing a common position, pointed out that the question of the transfer of the Cathedral is administered by the city authorities, because the temples in the ownership of St. Petersburg.