Many thousands are in the streets of Khabarovsk, 4,000 miles east of Moscow, for the 3rd Saturday straight in the biggest protests Russia’s regions have seen in many years. It took 14 minutes for the march to pass by me here:
This was sparked by the arrest of a popular governor, Sergei Furgal. Khabarovites widely saw it as Putin’s move to get rid of an insufficiently loyal official.
Here people chant “Freeedom!” and “Putin’s resignation is the best amendment!” — a reference to the recent constitutional vote that gives Putin the chance to rule til 2036.
A Telegram channel sympathetic to the protests claims 95,000 participants. It’s certainly tens of thousands.
The crowd chants “Putin resign!” in front of what they call the “White House” here — the headquarters of the regional government.
A remarkable outpouring of anger with little precedent in post-Soviet Russia, and stark testimony to the discontent that President Vladimir V. Putin faces across the country. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/25/world/europe/russia-protests-putin-khabarovsk.html
Protests Swell in Russia’s Far East in a Stark New Challenge to Putin
Demonstrations in the city of Khabarovsk drew tens of thousands for the third straight weekend. The anger, fueled by the arrest of a popular governor, has little precedent in modern Russia.https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/25/world/europe/russia-protests-putin-khabarovsk.html