Protests against the detention of Khabarovsk Krai Governor Sergei Furgal have been going on for nine days in the cities of the Russian Far East. More than 50,000 people appeared in the streets of Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Birobidzhan.

For example, on 18 July, in Khabarovsk, according to official figures, there were more than 9,000 protesters in the streets. Protesters took placards and chanted slogans in support of Furgal. They shouted: “Putin to be resigned,” “We demand a fair trial” and “Tsar away.”

The actions were not coordinated with the local authorities. Police subsequently detained several activists in Birobidzhan and Vladivostok.

In addition, the government of the Primorsky Krai warned that the square in Vladivostok will be disinfected. The day before, the FSB stated that a terrorist attack was being prepared at the protest in Khabarovsk. In addition, the Khabarovsk Krai authorities said they were considering a return to strict quarantine. Then, protests will become impossible.

It should be noted that the local governor Sergei Furgal is accused of the organisation of murders of 15 years ago. Now, Furgal is going to spend 25 years in prison.

Natalia Tolub

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