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Thousands rally on Putin to fifth Saturday against a row

Tens of thousands of people took to the roads at Khabarovsk, a city in Russia’s far east, to protest President Vladimir Putin for a fifth successive weekend.

The rallies in the city of some 600,000 people on the boundary with China is a significant series of defiance against Moscow’s policies, observers say.

The demonstrations were sparked by the sudden arrest of Khabarovsk’s popular governor at a murder probe. Protesters need that regional governor Sergei Furgal be released or attempted in Khabarovsk.

Putin last month disregarded Furgal within a”loss of confidence” in his ability to regulate and made a contentious brand new office in his location.

Protesters said they were incensed by what they call a clear disregard for their opinions and feelings.

Recently people in several European cities and cities took to the streets in support of Khabarovsk protesters but these rallies weren’t massive.

Many Moscow-based activists have called on Russians to visit the roads throughout the nation on August 15.

In a statement, regional governments claimed turnout in Khabarovsk rallies was going down and stated that only 2,800 individuals turned up in town’s central square on Saturday.

But participants and witnesses stated that tens of thousands participate in a march throughout the city.