Russia: Protesters rally against construction of church in Yekaterinburg

Hundreds of people protested against an Orthodox Church being built in a park in Yekaterinburg, on Tuesday.

Four people were reportedly detained as they tried to sneak through the fence around the construction site. Earlier, protesters tried to break the barrier and threw part of it into the river.

Demonstrators are demanding the preservation of the park and green spaces in the central Russian city. Tuesday was the second days of protests in a long-running dispute over the planned church.

St Catherine’s Cathedral is due to be completed by 2023 in time for the 300th anniversary of the founding of Yekaterinburg.

Yevgeny Kuivashev, Governor of the Sverdlovsk Oblast, responded to the recent protests on his Instagram account.

“In this situation, one can understand believers, for whom the restoration of St. Catherine’s Cathedral in the city is a question that rises from year to year and that still needs to be resolved. One can also understand protesters, for whom it is important to preserve every green tree in the centre of Yekaterinburg.”

He called for dialogue between the church and protesters and invited them for talks.

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