Museum head defies Russian Orthodox Church over cathedral

FILE - This is a Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 file photo of an aerial view of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Hermitage Museum Director Mikhail Piotrovsky has urged the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in a letter Wednesday Jan. 25 2017, to recall its bid for a landmark St. Petersburg cathedral. Several hundred people have rallied outside the iconic St. Isaac's Cathedral earlier this month, fearing that its transferal from the city to the church may inhibit public access. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The director of a museums' association has urged the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church to recall its bid to take control of St. Petersburg's landmark cathedral, a move that has inflamed public passions in Russia.

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