Russian President Vladimir Putin has intervened in the 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.
The city’s deputy mayor quickly announced construction would be suspended while a survey was conducted.
Russian Orthodox Church says it needs new churches to replace the many buildings destroyed under Soviet anti-religion laws.
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