The Red Church is looking for a project organization that will take care of its restoration.
The director of "Minsk Heritage" Aleksandar Kohan
officially announced the selection of the project organization
, writes minsknews.by.
Last September, a fire broke out in the church at night.
After that, believers and priests were no longer allowed to pray in the church, although the damage was minor.
The Minsk City Executive Committee claims that electricity, heating and water supply have been cut off in the temple, and that all these systems allegedly require repair and restoration work.
On this basis, the temple is not opened for believers.
Parishioners received a letter with such a message in February signed by the deputy chairman of the executive committee,
The Red Church is closed for repairs after a fire that happened on the night of September 26, 2022.
Property on an area of about 20 square meters was damaged.
m, people were not hurt.
The authorities closed the building until the fire-damaged communications are restored and "the results of the instrumental research of the building structures are obtained."
On October 6, the authorities canceled the contract of free use of the church building.
On October 14, it became known that the authorities forbade the parish to hold services in the rectory, and on November 9 - in separate premises and the church yard.
On December 1, the Curia of the Minsk-Mohilyu Archdiocese appointed Father Yuriy Sanko as the administrator of the parish in matters of repair and restoration, Father Vladyslav Zavalnyuk remained the parish priest.
The community of the parish of St.
Simon and Elena were temporarily assigned to the arch-cathedral church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Red Church has the status of historical and cultural value of Belarus and officially belongs to the state.
In 2013, it was transferred to the ownership of Minsk.
Parish of St.
Simon and Elena occupied the church building and the priest's house on the basis of an agreement on free use concluded with the Minsk Heritage enterprise.
A few years ago, the city authorities announced that the parish had accumulated substantial debt for land tax, real estate tax and depreciation.
According to the information of the "Christian Vision" initiative, after the incident the parish was forced to repay the debt - as one of the conditions for resuming the operation of the church.