Posted on Jul 18, 2020
Tens of thousands of people in the Russian Far East city of Khabarovsk have again taken to the streets on Saturday, protesting the arrest of Sergei Furgal, the region’s governor, on "highly questionable" charges of involvement in multiple murders.
Local media estimated the rally in the city 6100 kilometres (3800 miles) east of Moscow attracted from 15,000 to 50,000 people. The protests against the arrest of Furgal have taken place daily, with hundreds of people rallying in the city centre.
The protests reflect simmering but growing discontent with the Kremlin’s policies, and the fait accompli that has effectively handed Vladimir Putin Presidency for life.
Furgal's unexpected election marked a painful setback for Putin's Kremlin party, United Russia.
He was arrested two weeks ago and flown to Moscow where he was put in jail for two months. Russia’s Investigative Committee says he is suspected of involvement in several murders of businessmen in 2004 and 2005, before his political career began.
Furgal has denied the charges, which relate to his time as a businessman with interests ranging from imports of consumer goods to timber and metals.
Last Saturday, crowd of up to 35,000 people reportedly rallied in the city centre. The protests are the largest ever to have taken place in Khabarovsk, a city of 590,000.
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