The Deputy called objects in Turkey, which should be returned to Russia
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should consider the transfer of a number of religious objects on the territory of Russia, said the head of the Duma Committee on civil society development issues, public and religious organisations Sergey Gavrilov in an interview with "Parlamentskaya Gazeta".
The MP stressed that these objects are not only the temples and monastery, pilgrimage centers and hotels, which were built in Russian and belonged to pre-revolutionary Russia. According to him, speech can go about a minimum of seven churches belonging to the Orthodox Church, and the situation is ripe for this question decided now.
"This concerns not only Istanbul, but also such popular with our tourists and pilgrims places, like Antalya, the city of Peace in Lycia, where he preached and was buried one of the greatest saints Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker. Moreover, the secular authorities of the respective provinces of Turkey are ready to give our side such opportunities in order to create favorable conditions for Russian visitors and investors", — said Gavrilov.
To start the process required "good will" of Erdogan and his statement about readiness to transfer to Russia the corresponding objects, the MP said. In his opinion, such a decision would be wise.
"He has repeatedly said that Turkey respected the feelings of believers from other world religions. If so, then now, after changing the status of Hagia Sophia, the step in the transfer of Christian Russia the most logical for the Turkish leader. Yes, and the right of ownership in Islam is sacred", — said the interlocutor of the edition.
The state Council of Turkey 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after this, the President announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. In UNESCO, the number of States of the world and in the Russian Orthodox Church, unfortunately, reacted to this decision.
Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) founded the Christian Emperor Justinian. A religious site opened on 27 December 537. The Cathedral is about a thousand years was the largest Christian Church in the world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Cathedral was converted into a mosque but since 1934 the building by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk became a Museum and was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.