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A contract between a Canadian parish and a Russian correction facility

By February 2020, Russian prisoners detained in the Arkhangelsk region will build a log Orthodox church which will be further transported and erected in Quebec, Canada.

As reported by the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Correction Facility # 14 signed a contract to manufacture a 650-square-metre wooden temple with seven domes, with the highest one reaching 25 metres. To fulfill the project, 800 cubic metres of wood, half of which has been already shipped to the prison, is needed. Supposedly, the construction team will include at least ten carpenters and five more specialists working specifically on domes and crosses. All of them will be recruited from detainees who have similar experience and have recieved applied training through the corrective services. At the moment, a spade-work is organized to prepare a construction site and necessary tools.

A Canadian customer is not mentioned. The Russian Orthodox Church is represented in Quebec by six parishes of the Montreal and Canadian Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. In addition to that, there are Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Canada, none of which are situated in the province.

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