Vladimir Putin’s Russian president suggested a survey of local residents on Thursday in a dispute over the temple building in Yekaterinburg, which is why they are celebrating several days in Russia’s fourth largest city.
“Everyone has the right to have their own opinion, and when it comes to the inhabitants of the district concerned, their opinions must be taken into account. The church must unite and not share people. landscaped space, “Putin said in a media forum for the Kremlin’s All-Russian People’s Front in Sochi, urging a negotiated solution between the riot police and the activists in a conflict causing conflict.
Following the presidential statement, Mayor of Yekatyarinburg, Alexandr Viszokinsky, visited the square on Thursday to protest the activists who had withdrawn, and told them that the construction would be suspended until the referendum was held. According to the politician, the survey of household will take about 20 days.
Thousands of demonstrators on Wednesday at the southern end of the Ural Mountains again defended the landscaped Oct Space where the temple is planned to be built. The police detained 33 people on an organized but unauthorized action against the construction. Last night, 26 people were made by the police and three protesters had to be taken to hospital for injuries in the clashes.
The court ordered the arrest of 29 protesters on Thursday.
There have been more and more participants since consecutive demonstrations since Monday. The protesters, many of whom arrived from other cities, threw a metal fence around the construction site on Tuesday, instead of which, in the last two days, a reinforced fence with concrete panels was started.
The rebuilding of the orthodox church named after the Saint Catherine Martyr is encouraged by the government of Yekaterinburg and two local large companies to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the city, which is to be celebrated in 2023. The protesters, who have learned that real estate developers want to build residential and business properties alongside the religious shrine, insist that the green island be preserved in the center of one and a half million inhabitants.
The moods were not disrupted by the fact that city and county leaders offered to park more areas than Oct October. The local authorities claim that the trees on the site are being moved to other locations in Yekaterinburg.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peszkov stamped the demonstration on Wednesday, but said he did not want to intervene. On Thursday, even before Putin spoke, Peshkov called the use of force as “provocative” justified. He claimed that nothing else would be built outside the temple at the disputed site.
The fact that the 66-meter-high church destroyed in 1930 was not built in its original location, but in a landscaped area close to it, decided in February by the municipality, according to the HCAI State News Agency, “taking into account the opinion of the local population and adhering to the relevant regulations. “. According to Interfax, the city administration had previously rejected a referendum on the matter.
It became the venue for the clash of liberal and orthodox values, the industrial town at the foot of the Ural Mountains, which is known for the fact that the Bolsheviks murdered the last tomb in their family home in 1918, II. Miklos. From here, the national political career of Boris Yeltsin, the first Russian president, was launched, and opposition politician Yevgeny Rojzman stood at the head of the city between 2013 and 2018.