Thousands of demonstrators in Russia’s far eastern city of Khabarovsk participate in a weekend of protests against the arrest of this area’s governor.
Sergei Furgal was detained on Thursday and flown to Moscow to face charges of participation in many murders.
However, protesters from town, which will be 6,100 kilometers east of Moscow, state the allegations are politically motivated.
One carried the slogan “Down with the Tsar”.
Thousands of people participate in the demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, both in Khabarovsk and in different cities around the area.
Furgal is a part of this ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party and was suddenly elected governor of the Khabarovsk area in 2018, in a setback to Putin’s United Russia party.
He remains popular in the area for measures which seemed to cut government waste, such as reducing his wages and banning his officers out of flying into business class seats.
Russia’s primary criminal investigation body stated Furgal was suspected of involvement in many murders of businessmen in 2004 and 2005 before his political career started.
After he had been contested in Moscow a week, officials arranged that the Senate be held in custody for 2 months.
The detention of Furgal is among quite a few high-profile arrests in Russia because of a referendum last month which paved the way for Putin to stay in office until 2036.
Last week ex-journalist Ivan Safronov was detained on suspicion of passing state secrets to the Czech Republic, a NATO nation. He denies the allegations.