Why anti-government protests have erupted in Russia, explained.
Earlier this month, officers arrested Sergei Furgal – the governor of the Khabarovsk region near Russia’s border with China. Authorities are accusing Furgal of being involved in multiple murders of businessmen back in the early 2000s. But protesters see the charges as illegitimate – and Furgal as a popular local figure who had defeated a Kremlin-backed opponent in 2018. Cue: The third-straight weekend of protests. Tens of thousands of people have been rallying in support of the ousted governor, calling for him to be freed – or face trial in Khabarovsk, not Moscow.
HOW’S THE GOVERNMENT RESPONDING?.
By replacing Furgal with a Kremlin-backed governor…who isn’t even from the region. But despite the large number of protesters, authorities seem to be waiting for things to fizzle out. An unusual move for the Kremlin, whose authorities are quick to crack down on anti-gov demonstrations.
SOMETHING ABOUT PUTIN.
Putin has enjoyed a 60% approval rating and just this month won a referendum that could let him stay in power until 2036. But some say the vote was fraudulent. And that unrest in the Far East – the likes of which have apparently not been seen since the ’90s – are signs of broader discontent. Why anti-government protests in Russia explained
Why anti-government protests have erupted in Russia explained