Yekaterinburg church protests: Putin calls for public vote

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has intervened in an ongoing row over a new church in Yekaterinburg.

He said the Russian Orthodox Church “should unite people, not divide them”, and called for the plans to build a church in a park to be put to a poll.

His intervention follows four days of protests by thousands of city residents.

The city’s deputy mayor said construction would be suspended, while a survey was conducted.

Putin’s ‘simple solution’ to church row

The Russian president says plans for a church on green space in Yekaterinburg should be put to a public vote.

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