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2020 Russian protests

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Protests in Khabarovsk Krai
File:Rally in Khabarovsk 18th July 2020.jpg
Procession in Khabarovsk on 18 July 2020
Date11 July 2020 - present
Location
Caused byArrest of Sergei Furgal
MethodsProtests, demonstrations, civil disobedience, civil resistance and riots
StatusOngoing
Parties to the civil conflict

Flag of the Russian Empire (black-yellow-white).svg Opposition:

Lead figures
Emblem of the President of Russia.svg Vladimir Putin Flag of Khabarovsk Krai.svgKhabarovsk kray COA.png Sergei Furgal
  • Navalny-2018.svg Alexei Vorsin
  • Logo of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.svg Sergei Il'in
arrests
Arrested4

Protests in Khabarovsk Krai began on 11 July,[8][9] 2020 in Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Nikolayevsk-on-Amur and other cities of the region, also in Novosibirsk, Vladivostok and Omsk in support of the current governor, Sergei Furgal, after his arrest.[10][11][12]

Context[edit source | edit]

In 2018, Sergei Furgal won the election of Governor of the Khabarovsk territory, beating the candidate from the United Russia party.[12] After that, Khabarovsk was stripped of its status as the capital of the far Eastern Federal district.

In 2019, elections to the legislative Assembly of the Khabarovsk territory ended with the defeat of the Pro-government party.

On 9th July 2020, the current Governor of the region, Sergei Furgal, was detained by the TFR and transferred to Moscow on the same day. Later, as it became known, the detention is connected with a criminal case of 15 years ago under the articles of organizing murders. Furgal is also being checked for possible involvement in other crimes.

On 10 July 2020, the Basmanny court of Moscow ordered the arrest of the suspect in the murders of the Governor for 2 months; the trial was held in closed mode.

Later it became known that the defense intends to appeal the decision to arrest.

Timeline[edit source | edit]

The first protests took place on 10 July, the day after the arrest on 9 July.[8]

According to estimates of the Ministry of internal Affairs, on 11 July, in Khabarovsk, 10 to 12 thousand people took part in the protests.[9][10] The newspaper Kommersant mentioned 30-35 thousand people "according to various sources".[13]

On 12 July, the number of participants in uncoordinated actions in support of Governor Sergei Furgal was 2 thousand people in Khabarovsk and 300-500 people in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. On the evening of 12 July, the third unauthorised protest in support of Furgal took place in the centre of Khabarovsk, which was attended by up to 3 thousand people.[citation needed]

The protests are held conjointly with the internet campaign "I/We Sergei Furgal".[citation needed]

On 12 July, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation — presidential Plenipotentiary representative to the far Eastern Federal district Yuri Trutnev arrived in Khabarovsk, who assessed the organisation of work of the region's leadership as poor, and said about the protests that "people have the right to express their opinions".[14]

On 18 July, up to ten thousand people were estimated to have taken part in a rally in Khabarovsk that day according to the city's mayoral office, with other estimates ranging up to 50 thousand people. The police did not interfere and distributed face masks to the protesters. In Vladivostok, around 500-1000 people took part in a rally - police did not interfere but afterwards it was known that two activists were arrested. In Komsomolsk-on-Amur, around 1000 people took part in a rally in support of Furgal.[15]

Notes[edit source | edit]

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