Saturday, July 21, 2018

Police summon Yekaterinburg mayor for questioning in church restoration case

Police summoned Yekaterinburg mayor Yevgeny Roizman last week as a witness in the case of an allegedly illegal restoration of a church in the Sverdlovsk Region.

So far, no charges have been brought against anyone in the case, which was opened in mid-August. A church in the village of Byngi underwent restoration work without the formal permissions and documentation after the priest allegedly independently decided to do the repair, leading to damage of the culturally significant church's architectural integrity, according to ITAR-TASS.

Roizman stated publicly that members of his drug rehabilitation center had participated in the restoration.

Additionally, several icons were stolen from the church, some of which were found in the first searches of a restoration shop in the Shadr School in Yekaterinburg. The items were being restored by school students and were being kept without appropriate documentation, ITAR-TASS reports.