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St. Petersburg Cossacks Deny Involvement In Mephistopheles Relief Destruction

A Cossack classification denied that one of its members was obliged for the dismissal of a 100-year-old bas service depicting the mythical demon Mephistopheles from a ancestral building in St. Petersburg after a man claiming shortcoming for the act pronounced he was a member of the group.

In a minute sent to the editors of St. Petersburg news site Fontanka.ru, a man named Denis Gorchin — the self-described former personality of a organisation famous as the Cossacks of St. Petersburg — pronounced his classification was obliged for the dismissal of the bas service from the building on Lakhtinskaya Street, that faces the construction site of a new Orthodox Church.

The relief decorated the mythical demon Mephistopheles, that seemed as the devil in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play “Faust.” The building on that it was mounted was designed by a famous St. Petersburg designer Alexander Lishnevsky in 1910, and is deliberate a minor landmark that was reportedly stable as a city birthright site.

St. Petersburg Cossacks were discerning to distance themselves from Gorchin, who according to Fontanka.ru does not seem to be a real Cossack. St. Petersburg’s Orthodox Cossack personality Andrei Polyakov pronounced Gorchin had never been a member of the village or of the organisation Cossacks of St. Petersburg, the Kommersant journal reported Friday.

“I know all the community and the diaspora of the Cossacks. We have no Cossacks with such names and surnames; those are provocateurs,” Polyakov was quoted as saying.

The bas service was taken down on Wednesday, and local residents reported that the men obliged for taking down Mephistopheles regularly declined to identify themselves or their employer, call conjecture among locals that the destruction was related to the construction of the circuitously Orthodox church, Russian news reports said.

Gorchin, the self-described former personality of the Cossacks, indicated he was encouraged by religious reasons, yet he insisted the Orthodox Church had no impasse in the attack, Lenta.ru news portal reported, citing a letter it had perceived from them man.

However, he combined in the letter: “Opposite the church there is a figure of the devil, that prevents the [Orthodox] cranky from being placed, and so on,” St. Petersburg’s Fontanka news group reported.

“We were angry by the fact that this terrible legend, this outlandish story, has effectively turn an attraction, a draw for tourists, has turn a [matter of] pride, and we have open ceremony of the Satan,” the letter was quoted as saying.

St. Petersburg Orthodox personality Father Konstantin “would never have dared. So we dared,” the letter said.

St. Petersburg military have identified the people obliged for the drop of the bas relief, yet it has declined to release specific names, the Russian News Service reported.

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/529003.html