Moscow, March 15, Interfax - The issue of the transfer of the Spaso-Andronikov Monastery to the Russian Orthodox Church is very complex and needs thorough work, the Russian Culture Ministry said.
According to earlier reports, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has written a letter to Vadim Yakovenko, the head of the Federal Agency for State Property Management (Rosimushchestvo), asking for the Moscow Spaso-Andronikov Monastery to be transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church.
"We know of such a request made by the patriarch to Rosimushchestvo from the [Andrey] Rublev Museum, which reports to the Culture Ministry [...] We also know that there is certain tension in the museum community due to the wording of the current law On the Transfer to Religious Organizations of Religious-Purpose Property That Is Property of the State. The issue of the transfer of the Spaso-Andronikov Monastery to the Church is very complex and needs thorough work," Vladislav Kononov, director of the Culture Ministry's Museum Department, was quoted as saying on Friday.
He said the agency recommends addressing this issue in the coming meeting of the commission for liasion of the Russian Orthodox Church and the museum community. "Decisions made by this commission have always relieved issues of an acute nature, I am confident that's how it will be this time, as well," Kononov said, adding that the issue of the transfer of the monastery had been earlier discussed in the meeting of the presidium of the Council of Museums in Yaroslavl.
The Andrey Rublev Museum is located on the territory of the Spaso-Andronikov Monastery.