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Furgal is a member of the far-right LDPR party and 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 Liberal Democratic party to a landslide victory in regional parliament elections.
Despite the seeming vast ideological gap between a nationalist party and the communists, the protests have regularly featured demonstrators flying the flag of the former USSR alongside the local regional flag.
Remember Khabarovsk protests? A few months on, long after Western media has left town, the movement now seems to be partially reduced to older diehard Communists. Here singing a Stalin-era song about fighting German Nazis. Священная война or 'Sacred War.'pic.twitter.com/iVoZj6wMbw
— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) October 3, 2020
As long-term leader of the Communist Party, Zyuganov is a controversial figure. In the Soviet Union, he was a leading critic of leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s policies of perestroika and glasnost, and nowadays is known for focusing on issues such as increases to pensions and the re-nationalization of companies privatized in the 1990s. In recent months, he has taken to criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin, calling summer’s passed constitutional amendments “disappointing” and “depressing.” He also accused Putin of failing to “get rid of the oligarchy.”
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