Protesters oppose church handover B
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.