Orsha residents try to protect historical heritage
Orsha residents collect signatures for restoration of
the cloister constructed at the end of the 18th century, one of the
few historical objects which survived wars and vandal acts. However, recently
its roof has fallen in, after which the state of the building is rapidly
Though the cloister is Catholic, six years ago the Orsha authorities passed it to the Vitsebsk diocese of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church refuses to repair the building referring to absence of financial means, and the Orsha Town Procuracy keeps ignoring the violation of the Law On the protection of monuments of historical and cultural heritage.
Local residents started collecting signatures under a special address, in which they ask the town authorities to take all measures for saving the building of the cloister as a valuable element of the historical and cultural heritage of Orsha.
Human Rights Chronicle