Protests involving tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the Russian Far East to demand the resignation of President Putin and the release of a jailed governor.
Protesters in Khabarovsk, near the border with China, marched after Sergei Furgal’s arrest last week on charges of murder in Moscow.
Furgal, 50, a former member of Parliament, is accused of ordering the murder of several businessmen between 2004 and 2005. He denies the allegations. His supporters say the charges are revenge for his 2018 electoral victory over a candidate for Mr. Putin’s ruling party. About 40,000 people took part in a demonstration in Khabarovsk on Saturday, local media reported.
Several thousand people organized a rally in the central square until late at night