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Russian city marches in support of detained regional governor

Thousands marched in Russia’s far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday in support of its regional governor, who is being held in pre-trial detention after being charged with organising the murder of several entrepreneurs 15 years ago.

world Updated: Jul 11, 2020 16:07 IST
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A court in Moscow ruled Friday to jail a provincial governor pending a probe on charges of his involvement in multiple murders.
A court in Moscow ruled Friday to jail a provincial governor pending a probe on charges of his involvement in multiple murders. (AP photo)

Thousands marched in Russia’s far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday in support of its regional governor, who is being held in pre-trial detention after being charged with organising the murder of several entrepreneurs 15 years ago.

Sergei Furgal, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, was a popular governor of the Khabarovsk region where he swept to power in 2018 after defeating a rival from the ruling United Russia party that backs President Vladimir Putin.

Furgal was detained on Thursday and taken to Moscow.

He could face up to life in prison if found guilty of the charges that include attempted murder. He denies the charges.

Video footage from news website DVHAB showed people chanting “Furgal is our choice”, “Freedom” and marching with posters “I am/We are Sergei Furgal.”

“Get out of here, Moscow,” an unnamed female resident said in another video from the same website, which claimed the protest was the largest in Khabarovsk’s history.

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