On March, on the meeting with journalists, the deputy director for operation of the state museum-memorial Boris Podolsky said that external scaffolding will be dismantled before the beginning of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
According to his words, the amount of money that will be spent on restoration of St. Isaac's Cathedral in the year 2018 would be 325 million rubles. It is supposed that in 2019 this number will make 221 million rubles.
The works on the top part of the cathedral building and works on the restoration of interior which include naves and monumental painting are currently in process. All work is expected to be completed by the year 2025.