Rural churches rescued from common fate of soviet era


Churches were being used as a cattle shed and grain storage

Interfax-Religiia, 5 August 2021


The prosecutor's office of Spassky district of Tatarstan confirmed, on the basis of results of an inspection, reports to the effect that in two villages of the republic, architectural monuments had been converted into grain storehouses and cattle sheds, and submissions have been made on this matter, a senior assistant prosecutor for relations with news media of the district, Ruslan Galiev, reported.


"Reports about violations of law have been confirmed. Objects of the cultural heritage of regional significance, the Trinity church (1859 and 1897) in the village of Tankeevka and the church of the Holy Prince Michael of Tver (1761 and 1892) in the village of Shcherbet were being used in violation of federal law regarding preservation of objects of cultural heritage," Glaiev told journalists on Thursday.


He said that a case regarding administrative violation of law based on part 3 of article 7.13 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the Russian Federation (violation of the requirements of law regarding preservation of objects of cultural heritage of the peoples of the R.F.) has been opened against the head of agricultural economy, who established a granary in a church of the village of Tankeevka. He faces a fine of from 20 thousand to 300 thousand rubles. Materials against another resident of Tatarstan, who established a cattle shed in a church of the village of Shcherbet, were sent to the Committee on Preservation of Objects of Cultural Heritage of the republic.


"Representations demanding that responsible officials be disciplined have been sent to leadership of executive committees of the Polianskoe and Krasnoslobodskoe village settlements of Spassky district," Galiev added.


He also reported that work on preserving the objects will begin on 9 August, and removal of violations will be under the supervision of the prosecutor's office.


Earlier it was reported that old churches that are architectural monuments in two villages of Tatarstan were turned into a granary and cattle shed. The prosecutor's office started an inquiry after citizens' complaints and reports appeared on social media networks. (tr. by PDS, posted 5 August 2021)

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