Several thousand folks gathered in Russia’s far japanese metropolis of Khabarovsk on Saturday for what has turn into an everyday weekly protest in opposition to the Kremlin because the area’s in style governor was detained in July, a Reuters witness mentioned.
- Last Updated: September 12, 2020, 4:50 PM IST
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MOSCOW: Several thousand folks gathered in Russia’s far japanese metropolis of Khabarovsk on Saturday for what has turn into an everyday weekly protest in opposition to the Kremlin because the area’s in style governor was detained in July, a Reuters witness mentioned.
Residents of Khabarovsk, which lies about 6,110 km (3,800 miles) east of Moscow, began the rallies after the July 9 arrest of Sergei Furgal on homicide fees that he denies.
Furgal’s supporters, who say his detention is politically motivated, accuse President Vladimir Putin of mishandling the native political disaster.
“Putin is a thief – he stole Furgal from us,” among the protesters chanted as they marched down town’s principal thoroughfare on Saturday, a day earlier than the nation holds native elections.
Local authorities, in response to TASS information company, gave a decrease estimate of the scale of the gang, saying about 700 folks had taken half.
The Khabarovsk protesters additionally demanded Sunday’s elections are truthful. Some held placards studying “Every vote matters” or depicting caricatures of Ella Pamfilova, the pinnacle of the Central Election Commission, with the query “Fair elections?”
Sunday’s vote, which is seen by the Kremlin as a dry run for parliamentary elections subsequent September, will elect 18 regional governors and a slew of native parliaments and metropolis councillors. Early voting started on Friday.
(Writing by Maxim Rodionov; Editing by Helen Popper)
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