Russians hold mass rally to support arrested Khabarovsk governor

Russians hold mass rally to support arrested Khabarovsk governor

In eastern Russia, an unusually large protest rally has been held to express support to the governor of Khabarovsk, Sergei Furgal, who has been taken in custody for alleged involvement in organising murders 15 years ago.

The rally took place on Saturday, July 11, in the city of Khabarovsk, where thousands of people marched to the regional government in Khabarovsk shouting slogans against President Vladimir Putin.

Furgal’s party, the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democrat Party of Russia, is usually seen as loyal to the Kremlin and he is a popular figure in the Russian far east.

Numbers by regional media and opposition put the number of demonstrators at between 5,000 and 40,000, in a city of about 600,000 residents.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s regional office described the rally, which lasted nearly four hours, as “an absolute record for our region and a unique show of unity in society”.

Reportedly, in Russia, the governor of the Khabarovsk region, Sergei Furgal, has been detained on suspicion of organising murders and an attempted murder 15 years ago, told to Russian state news agency.

On Thursday, July 9, the Russian Investigative Committee, which is working under the oversight of the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin, stated on its website that the sitting official has been detained.

“Considering the evidence gathered, investigators of the Investigative Committee jointly with FSB officers detained Khabarovsk Region Governor Sergei Furgal, who, according to the investigation, is an organizer of one attempted murder and several murders of entrepreneurs,” the Investigative Committee explained in a statement.

In addition to Furgal, four other suspects have been detained and charged as part of the case. The detentions are linked to a criminal case, where attacks against businessmen on the territory of the Khabarovsk and Amur regions in 2004 and 2005 have allegedly taken place.

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