Demonstrations in Khabarovsk for the third week

Photo: Igor Volkov / AP

Residents of the city of Khabarovsk in east of Russia for the third Saturday went to an unauthorized rally in support of the governor of Khabarovsk province Sergei Furgala.

First, the protesters gathered at the building of the regional government on Lenin Square, and then marched along the streets of the city. Participants of the action with placards and flags chanting the slogans "I, we, he, she - the whole country is for Furgala!", "Honest court in Khabarovsk!" and "Freedom to Furgala!",- reports RBC agency.

Protests in Khabarovsk over Furgal's arrest began on 11 July. According to various sources, then 35 thousand people took part in the demonstration. The most ambitious action took place on Saturday, July 18, about 50 thousand people took part in it.

Note that demonstrations in the city began after the arrest of the governor Sergei Furgala on suspicion of complicity in murder in 2005. Demonstrators do not believe this version and demand its release. During the two weeks of the demonstrations, the security forces did not intervene in them.