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14 Jul 2020 | 10:39 PM UTC

Russia: Demonstrations continue in Khabarovsk July 14 /update 3

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Demonstrations continue in Khabarovsk for fourth consecutive day on July 14; avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/13/2020, 11:00 PM until 7/16/2020, 10:59 PM (Asia/Vladivostok). COUNTRY/REGION Khabarovsk region

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Event

Protesters gathered in Khabarovsk for a fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, July 14, in an unauthorized rally in support of the Khabarovsk Krai's governor, Sergei Furgal. According to media sources, demonstrators gathered in central Lenin Square. The protests remained peaceful in nature, although one protester was reportedly arrested. Smaller rallies were also held in the military industrial city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur and other towns in the region.

Further protests are likely in the near term, and associated disruptions are to be expected. 

Context

Sergei Fugal was arrested on July 9 under suspicion of involvement in the murders of three businessmen between 2004 and 2005. Opposition groups have questioned why Furgal has been arrested 15 years after the crimes he is accused of and claimed that Furgal's detention is linked to a crackdown on the opposition following the recent vote on constitution reforms which enable President Vladimir Putin to seek two further terms in office. On Saturday, July 11, between 5000 and 40,000 protesters gathered in Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Bikin, and Amursk in support of Furgal.

Advice

Those in the Khabarovsk region, and Russia more generally, are advised to avoid all public demonstrations due to the risk of arrest, refrain from discussing political subjects in public or on social media, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and anticipate localized disruption near any protest sites.

 

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