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Protests in Khabarovsk, began on July 11, two days after the arrest of Furgal. He is currently detained at Moscow’s Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. In Khabarovsk, many locals are furious that their elected leader was removed by federal authorities, and flown to the far-away capital.
Furgal, a highly popular politician in the Far East, became the governor of the Khabarovsk region in 2018, defeating competition from the ruling United Russia party. His popularity continued throughout his governorship, and last year he led his ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic party to a landslide victory in regional parliament elections.
Protests have been occurring regularly ever since Furgal’s arrest, and remained mostly peaceful throughout the summer. In October, for the first time since demonstrations began, law enforcement used force to break up a rally.
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