A couple of thousands took to the roads of Khabarovsk on Saturday, in Russia’s intense far-east, in another large scale protest against the arrest of regional governor Sergei Furgal, who had been dubbed”the people’s governor”.
According to sources cited by news agency AFP, tens of thousands joined the rally, while Khabarovsk town hall estimated that just 3,000 people took part.
Despite concerns on the scale of Saturday’s demonstration, this is the fifth-consecutive weekend of demonstrations after the arrest of Frugal on July 9 amid charges of involvement in many murders of businessmen in 2004 and 2005, based on Russia’s Investigative Committee.
Protesters chanted anti-Kremlin slogans and encouraged the former governor, who’s now being arrested in Moscow.
Elena Only, 38, said she wished to”defend the interests of the area and its citizens who picked their governor”.
“We picked him frankly. We love him, we’re supporting him as a complete”.
Another demonstration took place in a different eastern Russian city, Vladivostok, in which five people had been detained, based on NGO OVD-Info.
Present anti-government protests are thought to be Russia’s biggest out of Moscow in the past several decades.
Furgal was chosen governor in 2018 following scoring a massive victory on a Kremlin-backed offender, and protesters think his arrest is politically motivated.
They also assert the trial shouldn’t occur from Khabarovsk, a city placed just a couple of kilometers from China.
A new acting governor, Mikhail Degtyaryov, who’s from precisely the same party as Furgal, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, has already been appointed.