Finnish city revokes Russian Consulate’s rights to building used as church

Turku, Finland, August 2, 2022

Before and after the removal of the cupola. Photo: Before and after the removal of the cupola. Photo:     

Russian diplomats previously enjoyed free use of building that was converted into a church in the Finnish city of Turku, but now the city has revoked the Russian Consulate’s rights, due to the war in Ukraine.

The building had to be emptied by the end of the day on Sunday and returned in the same state in which it was received. The cupola was removed from the roof and all icons and liturgical utensils were removed from the church as well, reports Helsingun Sanomat.

Instead, the Russian diplomats can use a house on Kakskerra Island, where construction on another church has been underway since early spring.

“The city also has no reason to make the buildings available for free or without consideration. For this reason, it was also justified to terminate the right of use,” explained Turku's head of international affairs Mika Akkanen.

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