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Acting Khabarovsk governor admits he would have joined protests backing predecessor Furgal if he were a native of the region

Posted On: Aug 13, 2020   |   Posted By: RT

Acting Khabarovsk governor admits he would have joined protests backing predecessor Furgal if he were a native of the region

Mikhail Degtyarev, the acting governor of Khabarovsk Region in Russia's Far East, has admitted that he would have taken to the streets with other protesters in recent weeks if he had voted for Sergey Furgal - the man he replaced.
Speaking to Moscow daily Izvestia, Degtyarev conceded that he felt sympathy for the people marching to protest against the arrest of Furgal, calling the situation “frustrating.”
Degtyarev was installed as governor after his popular predecessor was arrested on July 9 on suspicion of ordering three murders - two successful and one failed - in the mid-2000s. In Khabarovsk, many locals are furious that their elected representative was removed by federal authorities and flown to Moscow to stand trial. Since then, local residents have been protesting en masse every weekend to demand that Furgal receives an open, fair trial in his native region.
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