Sergei Furgal: Tens Of Thousands Protest In Khabarovsk Against Arrest Of Russian Governor On Murder Charges

Tens of thousands of people in the far eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk have taken part in a protest march over the arrest of a popular regional governor on murder charges.

Following his detention earlier in July, Sergei Furgal was flown 3,800 miles to Moscow where he has been in jail for two months.

His supporters say his arrest is politically motivated and they see the serious charges as unsubstantiated.

They want him to stand trial at home instead of the Russian capital, in a challenge to the Kremlin amid discontent with Vladimir Putin’s rule.

This is the third weekend in a row where there have been protests by thousands in Khabarovsk, which is close to the border with China.

There have also been demonstrations on weekdays, though not as big, over the detention of Furgal, who was elected governor of the Khabarovsk region in 2018.

It is unusual for such large protests to be allowed in Russia’s regions and also for authorities not to try to break them up.

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