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 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.