Anti-Kremlin rallies in Russia's far east continue for fifth week
Anti-Kremlin protesters in the far east of Russia have rallied for the fifth consecutive weekend.
They are demanding the release of the region's governor, Sergei Furgal, who was arrested last month on suspicion of murder.
Protesters want him either freed or tried in his home city of Khabarovsk.
Al Jazeera's Laura Burdon-Manley reports
The Arrest of a Popular Local Governor Tests Putin's Grip #RUSSIAFAREASTPROTESTS Calls to free an opposition governor from jail have swept across the far-east of Russia and beyond. Protesters are accusing the Kremlin of abusing its power by punishing a political rival while also overturning their vote. Tens of thousands of people are calling for President Vladimir Putin to step down and demanding the release of the regional governor, Sergei Furgal. For the fourth straight week, people in Khabarovsk have demonstrated for change. Protesters in the city of Khabarovsk in the far east of Russia have taken to the streets for the third weekend in a row. Tens of thousands of people are calling for President Vladimir Putin to step down and demanding the release of the regional governor, Sergei Furgal. He was arrested earlier this month, accused of ordering the murders of two businessmen 15 years ago. His supporters say the arrest is politically motivated. Putin replaced Furgal with Mikhail Degtyarev, who was from Furgal's party, but it wasn't enough to assuage the protesters. Mass protests triggered by the arrest of a popular governor in Russia are now in their fourth week.
The demonstrations started in the far-eastern city of Khabarovsk, but have spread to the rest of the country.