Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yekaterinburg diocese seeks to evict school

The Yekaterinburg diocese is seeking to evict the Sverdlovsk Regional Musical Teachers' College from a building on Tveritina St.

The diocese is seeking the return of the musical college building under the controversial Law of Restitution, which was passed by the Russia State Duma in November 2010 and signed by President Dmitri Medvedev in December of that year. That law requires that federal, regional and municipal agencies must either turn over or grant free use of buildings and property that were nationalized after the October Revolution of 1917, New Region reports.

After the fall of communism, many Eastern European countries, including the Baltic states, offered restitution of property to individuals and organizations whose assets were seized by the communist governments. Before 2010, Russia made no effort to offer compensation for the nationalization of property by the communist regime.

The Sverdlovsk Regional Musical Teachers' College is particularly concerned about the loss of a valuable cultural institution for the sake of religious schools. The Musical Teachers' College has more than half a century of experience in training future music teachers, choreographers and directors.