Thousands of people gathered for the sixth Saturday in a row to protest the arrest of the former governor of Russia’s Khabarovsk region in the far east of the country more than a month ago.
Former Governor Sergei Furgal, 50, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, has been arrested for alleged links to two murders he allegedly commissioned 15 years ago while a businessman. Furgal, who remains imprisoned in Moscow, declines all responsibility for the charges brought against him.
A spokesman for the local administration has assured that more than 2,000 people took to the streets this Saturday to demand the former governor’s release, although other observers believe more participants were in attendance. Footage of the protest shows protesters holding banners and flags.
Despite the fact that there were only sporadic arrests for the time being, the demonstrators have warned that the security forces are becoming increasingly vigorous. The opposition team Alexei Navalni has assured on Twitter that one of the organizers is in custody this Saturday.