Protesters op­pose church han­dover B

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

st. peters­burg, rus­sia» About 4,000 peo­ple have demon­strated in St. Peters­burg to protest the han­dover of the city’s land­mark St. Isaac’s Cathe­dral to the con­trol of the Rus­sian Or­tho­dox Church.

The cathe­dral was taken over by the state dur­ing Soviet times and run as a mu­seum. After the 1991 Soviet col­lapse it con­tin­ued in that role, al­though it oc­ca­sion­ally held re­li­gious ser­vices as well.

Many crit­ics of the move also ex­press con­cern about the grow­ing power of Rus­sia’s Or­tho­dox Church.

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