The governor of Russia’s Urals region said Wednesday that a plan to build a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a popular park will be cancelled after protests that drew nationwide attention. A new site will be chosen.

Unsanctioned demonstrations in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg were held for several consecutive days — a rare show of defiance in Russia where harsh laws handing out criminal punishments for taking part in unsanctioned rallies have discouraged many from joining them.

President Vladimir Putin last week called for a compromise, suggesting an opinion survey to determine public attitudes about the project.

An orator speaks to a crowd at a fence to block demonstrators protesting plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman)
An orator speaks to a crowd at a fence to block demonstrators protesting plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman)

An opinion poll conducted by VTsIOM polling company showed the majority opposing the construction.

Gov. Yevgeny Kuivashev said on Instagram on Wednesday that a survey will determine an alternative site for the cathedral’s construction.

“We have moved past that conflict,” he said.

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A girl writes “I’m for the park” on asphalt in front of a fence to block demonstrators protesting plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, May 16, 2019. Russian police detained several dozen people in the early hours on Thursday at a rally protesting plans to build a cathedral in a popular park in Russia’s fourth-largest city. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman)
Demonstrators wave their cell phones as they gather in front of a new built fence blocked by police, during a protest against plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Hundreds of riot police have surrounded a park in Russia's fourth-largest city before what's expected to be a third consecutive day of protests against building a new cathedral. (AP Photo/Anton Basanayev)
Demonstrators wave their cell phones as they gather in front of a new built fence blocked by police, during a protest against plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Hundreds of riot police have surrounded a park in Russia’s fourth-largest city before what’s expected to be a third consecutive day of protests against building a new cathedral. (AP Photo/Anton Basanayev)
Police officers stand in front of a fence to block demonstrators protesting plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, May 16, 2019. Russian police detained several dozen people in the early hours on Thursday at a rally protesting plans to build a cathedral in a popular park in Russia's fourth-largest city. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman)
Police officers stand in front of a fence to block demonstrators protesting plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, May 16, 2019. Russian police detained several dozen people in the early hours on Thursday at a rally protesting plans to build a cathedral in a popular park in Russia’s fourth-largest city. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman)
Police officers stand in front of a new built fence during a protest against plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Anton Basanayev)
Police officers stand in front of a new built fence during a protest against plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Anton Basanayev)
Demonstrators wave their cell phones as they gather in front of a new built fence blocked by police, during a protest against plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Hundreds of riot police have surrounded a park in Russia's fourth-largest city before what's expected to be a third consecutive day of protests against building a new cathedral. (AP Photo/Anton Basanayev)
Demonstrators wave their cell phones as they gather in front of a new built fence blocked by police, during a protest against plans to construct a cathedral in a park in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Hundreds of riot police have surrounded a park in Russia’s fourth-largest city before what’s expected to be a third consecutive day of protests against building a new cathedral. (AP Photo/Anton Basanayev)

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