The challenges of restitution of Russian Orthodox Church properties in Russia's urban spaces

Authors: Nathaniel Trumbull*, University of Connecticut
Topics: Eurasia, Religion
Keywords: Russia, church, urban space
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Galerie 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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The revival of the Russian Orthodox Church has been accompanied by strong state support in the cities
of the Russian Federation. Yet that revival has also triggered protests and civil disobedience as traditional historical and cultural
sites have reverted to management by the Russian Orthodox Church. The restitution law of the Russian Federation has been the justification for that reversion, but the law has been repeatedly challenged. Similarly, new construction of large numbers of churches has led to ongoing loss of recreational open space in Russian urban space. Such developments associated with the Russian Orthodox Church have led to a discrediting of the Russian Orthodox Church within certain circles of the Russian public. St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg and several green spaces in Moscow and St. Petersburg are examples of sites of ongoing confrontation and public conflict.

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