World Russia: new demonstration against the arrest of the governor of Khabarovsk

19:05  01 august  2020
19:05  01 august  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Russie: nouvelle manifestation contre l'arrestation du gouverneur de Khabarovsk © Provided by Le Point

Several thousand demonstrators again braved the rain on Saturday in Khabarovsk, in the Russian Far East, to protest against the arrest for murder the popular governor of the region.

For the fourth weekend in a row, protesters roamed the streets of this city close to China , chanting slogans hostile to the Kremlin and supporting ex-governor Sergei Fourgal, arrested on July 9 and transferred to Moscow where he is in jail.

Sergei Fourgal was elected governor in 2018, largely defeating the Kremlin candidate. Locals believe his arrest when he was very popular for alleged killings dating back to the mid-2000s is politically motivated and wonder why he will be tried far from Khabarovsk.

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 Anti-Kremlin demonstrations shake the Russian Far East At the origin of this historic movement: the arrest on July 9 of the regional governor, Sergei Fourgal, 50, a former entrepreneur accused of murders committed 15 years over early, then sent to Moscow to be tried. For many, this imprisonment aims to get rid of an overly independent politician, elected in 2018 against a candidate from Vladimir Putin's party. "It's spitting in the face. We had chosen Fourgal!", Launches Marina Beletskaya, a 72-year-old pensioner.

This protest movement against the government is the most important for several years in Russia outside of Moscow.

"They arrested the governor as the last of the thieves and exhibited him to the whole country. It is a slap in the face for us, as the citizens who chose him. We are not for anarchy, we are We are for power, but for the power of the people, "40-year-old Stanislav Nassonov told AFP .

The demonstration on Saturday gathered fewer people than a week ago, when local media estimated that 35,000 to 50,000 people took to the streets.

According to journalists on the spot, around 30,000 people responded while the Khabarovsk city hall estimates that only 3,500 demonstrators came, assuring that "interest (fell)" in the demonstrations.

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Last week, the Kremlin claimed the protests were fueled by opposition activists from outside the region.

"They deprive us of our choice. People have had a kind of window (after the election of Mr. Fourgal) in their life, but they closed it. And we, we protest for this window to open again. And not just for us, but for all of Russia, "said Piotr Smirnov, another 65-year-old protester.

Demonstrations in support of the Khabarovsk movement, bringing together from a few dozen to a few hundred people, were organized in several cities in Russia.

According to the NGO OVD-Info, which specializes in monitoring arrests on the sidelines of these demonstrations, 55 people were arrested across the country, including 21 in Saint Petersburg, 13 in Moscow and five in Vladivostok, another large city in the country. 'Russian Far East.

01/08/2020 16:41:42 - Khabarovsk (Russia) (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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