Despite the case, thousands of people went on demonstration for the fourth weekend in a row on Saturday Russian In the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, demanding the release of Sergei Furgal, the governor of the Khabarovsk region, who is suspected of organizing several murders.
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This is the 22nd consecutive day that the people of the region have gathered on the streets of Khabarovsk to express their dissatisfaction with Moscow policy. The demonstrators marched through the streets of Khabarovsk, chanting slogans against the Kremlin and expressing support for Furgal.
Saturday’s demonstration was apparently smaller than the previous weekend, when 100,000 people took to the streets. According to journalists, about 30,000 people took part in the demonstration on Saturday, but the Khabarovsk city council says there were only 3,500 protesters and that people are “falling interest”.
The van was arrested on July 9 and taken to Moscow, where he was interrogated and held in pre-trial detention.
The committee of inquiry alleges that Furgals organized the murders of two businessmen in 2004 and 2005. He is also charged with attempted murder.
Furgals himself categorically denied the allegations made against him.
Four members of a criminal group have previously been detained in this case.
Furgals became the governor of the Khabarovsk region in 2018, but until then he was a deputy of the State Duma.
In the gubernatorial election, Liberal Democrat Furgals defeated the ruling United Russia candidate with about 70% of the vote, and commentators explained it as a protest vote caused by growing dissatisfaction with Putin’s political results.
His supporters now say the allegations against Furgal are politically motivated.