Thousands of Russians have flooded the streets in protest at the arrest of the region’s governor for involvement in several murders.
According to local media, an estimated 15,000 people have flooded the 3,800-mile city east of Moscow and it was almost devastating in the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk.
Mr. Sergey Furgal, the governor of Khabarovsk, was arrested two weeks ago and flown to Moscow, where he will be serving the two months’ jail term.
In the city adjacent to China, observers said there were major rallies that had raised concerns over the Kremlin and followed a controversial vote in which President Vladimir Putin expanded his power by 2036.
The protest was the second major protest in the region in the past seven days after a rally in the city center last Saturday.
The demonstrations are reported to be the largest in the history of Khabarovsk, a city of 590,000 people.
Many of the demonstrators who lined up on the streets to register their anger expressed support for the arrested politicians, some had conflicting views and sung against Putin.
The same protests have been observed in nearby cities such as Amursk and Komsomolks, and the Pacific port of Vladivostok.
At the rallies, which lasted a few hours, those present also gathered outside the building where the regional administration was located and you could hear them singing freedom.
It has been reported that demonstrators carried posters for Furgal and sung as long as they united they are invincible and also the passing cars honk the horn to assist them.
In most cases, they praised the arrested governor and said he had done a lot for the region in the past two years. Some expressed their opinion of why they joined the protest.
Anatoly Svechin, a 49-year-old Cossack who is a member of the paramilitary group that has traditionally remained loyal to the Kremlin, said he defended him because he liked him.
Another protester, Gennady Vasin, described the governor’s arrest as an example of political arbitrariness.
He said that they did not want Sergei Ivanovich to be taken away. He added that they needed him because they chose him.
Many said that the charges were politically motivated and asked why investigators had waited so long to accuse an officer who should have undergone a background check.
Furgal, who got away with an unexpected victory in the governor election, reflected growing public frustration with President Putin’s policies and was a major setback for the main Kremlin party, United Russia.
Investigators claimed that Furgal organized the murders of several business people in the Far East in 2004 and 2005.
But the demonstrators called for a fair trial for their governor, who has been held in Moscow since his arrest. They shouted that he is their governor and they will defend him.
However, the protests were not approved by the authorities and were illegal, even if the police took no steps to suppress them.
Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader also supported the protest. He cheered the protests and later posted on the Instagram platform saying why the city of Khabarovsk refusing to believe Putin’s endless injustice.
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