In the Far East of the Russian Federation, in Khabarovsk, thousands of protests were held against the detention of the regional governor. Rallies also took place in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Nikolaevsk-on-Amur, Amursk, and in the regional centers of the Khabarovsk Territory, as Novaya Gazeta reported.
According to law enforcement authorities, on July 11, about 12,000 people took part in the rallies. The outlet claims there were significantly more protesters - up to 40,000. These are the largest protests in the last 30 years.
People went to the streets after the arrest of the governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Sergey Furgal. Investigative authorities of the Russian Federation suspect him of contract killings. The officer was escorted to Moscow.
Protesters believe that the allegations against Furgal are far-fetched and falsified. Activists also demand the return of the governor to Khabarovsk in order to conduct an objective investigation.
As the newspaper notes, during yesterday’s rally, there was not a single detention and not a single conflict with the police. And this despite the fact that the rally is unauthorized.
As we reported before, after mass fights on the fourth night of an anti-government protest in the capital of Serbia, Belgrade, police detained 71 people.