ST. PETERSBURG, August 20. /TASS/. The St. Petersburg election commission has rejected the documents submitted by a group of activists seeking a referendum on the handover of the city’s landmark St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church.
St. Isaac’s, the largest Orthodox cathedral in St. Petersburg, currently has the status of a state-run museum annually visited by millions of tourists.
The election commission’s head, Alexei Puchnin, said the referendum petition had a vague wording and did not specify "what should be transferred to whom."
Last month the St. Petersburg diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church confirmed that it had requested the return of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, built in 1858 and transformed into a museum after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.