Russia: Putin proposes survey to solve Ekaterinburg church dispute

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Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested conducting a survey in Ekaterinburg to solve the dispute surrounding the planned construction of an Orthodox Church one of the city’s parks. He was speaking at the Regional and Local Media Forum in Sochi on Thursday.

“The minority should fall into line with the majority. This is the basis of democracy. Anyway the opinion and the interests of this minority should be taken into account too,” he said.

Protestors have taken to the streets of Ekaterinburg for a number of days, demanding the preservation of the park and green spaces in the central Russian city.

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

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