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... Еще 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.
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.