Massive protests in Russia’s far east rattle Kremlin

People hold banners and signs during an unauthorised rally in support of Sergei Furgal, the governor of the Khabarovsk region who has been arrested. – AFP pic, August 1, 2020.

LOCALS say a struggle for democratic freedoms is unfolding in the far eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk, where the arrest of a popular governor has unleashed massive protests.

“Sometimes I feel like crying with joy when I see everyone so united,” 21-year-old student Yekaterina Ishchenko said.

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