As rain falls & vacation season begins, Khabarovsk protests begin to peter out. But hundreds nonetheless march in help of ex-governor


Residents of the Far Eastern Russian metropolis of Khabarovsk took to the streets for the 22nd day in a row, as hundreds of locals protested in opposition to the arrest of former Governor Sergey Furgal, accused of ordering killings within the 2000s

But the group was considerably smaller than in earlier weeks. Around 3,500 individuals gathered within the heart of the previous Far Eastern capital, in keeping with official estimates of the regional authorities. This contrasts with an implausible opposition declare that 90,000 took half final week, though different sources put it at 15,000-20,000.

Despite inclement climate, protesters marched by means of the town’s central streets, holding banners in help of Furgal – a member of the far-right LDPR. 

Former Governor Furgal was arrested on July 9 on suspicion of ordering two profitable murders, and a 3rd failed homicide, within the mid-2000s. He was instantly taken to Moscow, the place he’s presently held on the metropolis’s Lefortovo pre-trial detention heart.

In Khabarovsk, many locals are livid that their elected chief was eliminated by federal authorities, and flown over 6,000km to the far-away nationwide capital. 

Furgal, a extremely standard politician within the Far East, turned the governor of Khabarovsk Region in 2018, defeating competitors from the ruling United Russia get together. His reputation continued all through his governorship, and final 12 months his LDPR obtained a landslide victory in regional parliament elections. 

Protestors in Khabarovsk demand that Furgal obtain an open, honest trial within the area he as soon as represented. Residents of different Far Eastern cities additionally got here out in help of the arrested politician, with small demonstrations occurring within the cities of Vladivostok and Komsomolsk-na-Amur.  

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After 4 weekends in a row, it seems that residents of Khabarovsk is likely to be shedding curiosity in rallies which appear to be going nowhere. Local web site famous that “there are fewer protesters than in previous Saturday’s protests,” which had an estimated 15,000-20,000 attendees. 

On July 20, President Vladimir Putin introduced that he was appointing Mikhail Degtyarev, an MP from the identical get together as Furgal, because the interim governor. Many in Khabarovsk are upset that the brand new man isn’t native – he comes from Samara, 5,000km away. His appointment additional angered some residents, who noticed his choice as a political favor to the get together, and never in the very best pursuits of the area. 

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