Thousands rally in Khabarovsk for 3rd consecutive Saturday over arrested ex-governor Furgal

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Residents of Russia’s Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk have continued to show their support for imprisoned former governor Sergey Furgal, with the city’s streets seeing mass protests for the 15th day in a row.

Furgal, a highly popular politician in the Far East, was arrested on July 9 on suspicion of ordering two successful murders, and a third failed murder, dating back to the 2000s. Following his detainment, the former governor was flown immediately to Moscow, where he currently awaits his day in court. Many Khabarovsk locals, over 6,000km from the capital, are infuriated that Furgal has been removed by federal powers and will stand trial so far away. Furgal maintains his innocence.

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