Large protests in Russian city after governor arrested for allegedly ordering murders

Large protests in Russian city after governor arrested for allegedly ordering murders

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk on Saturday to support a popular local governor captured this week for allegedly ordering several murders.

A court in Moscow on Friday ruled to hold 50-year-old Sergei Furgal for two months

pending trial for the murders of several businessmen 15 years ago, as he vehemently denied any involvement.

Furgal’s nationalist Liberal-Democratic Party has thrown its weight behind the governor,

and on Saturday said some “35,000 people came out to the streets” in Khabarovsk to protest his arrest.

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Local news website DVHab.ru called the rally “the biggest in the history of Khabarovsk,”

saying the crowds temporarily blocked traffic as they walked through the city of over 600,000.

Footage showed people shouting “Freedom!” “Moscow go away!” and “Sergei Furgal is our choice” as they walked.

Some held posters saying “We are Sergei Furgal!”

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