Russian security forces arrested the governor of the Jabarovsk region in the east of the country after considering that he may have ordered several murders 15 years ago, the investigative committee reported Thursday.
In particular, the committee accuses Governor Sergei Furgal of having organized two murders of business people and another to a certain extent of trials. The images released by the authorities show Furgal leaving handcuffs out of his office before being transferred to Moscow, where he is supposed to appear before the judge.
The authorities connect the governor with an organized gang, which is held responsible for several attacks on business people in 2004 and 2005, both in the Jabarovsk region and in the neighboring Amur regions. According to the TASS agency, four other people were charged in addition to Furgal.
The 50-year-old Furgal took office as governor in September 2018, apparently fueled by growing unrest against the central government in the Jabarovsk society. He is part of the Liberal Democratic Party and defeated the then governor Wiacheslav Shport, the ally of President Vladimir Putin, as the data protection agency reports.