2019-05-15 12:42:00

Twenty-six protesters against church construction detained in Yekaterinburg authorities

Yekaterinburg, May 15, Interfax - Twenty-six participants in an unauthorized protest against the construction of a church in the center of Yekaterinburg were detained on Tuesday evening, a representative of the Sverdlovsk Regional Ministry of Public Security told Interfax.

"Twenty-six protesters have been detained," the representative said.

The second unauthorized protest against the construction of a church in the park on Oktyabrskaya Square took place on Tuesday. Police and officers of the National Guard provided law and order at the protest venue.

Three individuals were hurt during the protest and hospitalized. None of them are minors.

The Urban Development and Architecture Council voted in October 2018 for building St. Catherine's Church in the park on Oktyabrskaya Square. City residents raised objections. A group of citizens filed a referendum request with the City Elections Commission but this was refused.

Yekaterinburg residents held their first unauthorized protest after the construction site was fenced off. The protest started on Monday evening and continued through to Tuesday morning.