Protesters took to the road in cities throughout Russia on Saturday in help of jailed Khabarovsk former governor Sergei Furgal.
Russian federal police detained protesters within the cities of Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Moscow.
The demonstrations come as hundreds of individuals marched within the Russian Far East metropolis of Khabarovsk for the fourth weekend Saturday, angered by the arrest of the area’s common governor and his alternative with a Kremlin favourite.
The state of affairs within the Khabarovsk area has develop into an issue for the Kremlin as demonstrations in help of protesters there are spreading elsewhere within the nation.
Furgal, 50, a medical physician by coaching, was arrested by Russian federal regulation enforcement in early July on costs associated to a number of murders in 2004 and 2005. He was flown to Moscow, the place he was ordered jailed for 2 months and is being held in Moscow’s infamous Lefortovo jail.
Russian President Vladimir Putin changed Furgal with a younger State Duma deputy, Mikhail Degtiarev, with no ties to the area, to function appearing governor of the Khabarovsk area.
Many individuals in Khabarovsk consider the costs leveled in opposition to Furgal, and his alternative final week, are politically motivated. Furgal was elected in 2018, defeating a candidate from Putin’s celebration, United Russia.
Braving the heavy rain beneath umbrellas Saturday, protesters have been chanting “Freedom!” and “Putin resign!” outdoors a authorities constructing, whereas a banner learn “Russia with out Putin!” At occasions protesters additionally chanted “We got here right here of our personal will.”
Many in Khabarovsk, a metropolis on the border with China, see the costs in opposition to Furgal as unsubstantiated and politically motivated. They are demanding that his trial happen in his residence metropolis, not Moscow.
Protests within the metropolis, about 8,000 kilometers east of Moscow, erupted July 11. Since then, protesters have been demanding the discharge of Furgal and an open and truthful trial for him.