Anti-Putin Protests in Russia's Far East Gather Steam

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On Tuesday, two local lawmakers in Khabarovsk, Pyotr Yemelyanov and Aleksandr Kayan, quit the LDPR in protest against Furgal’s dismissal.

Furgal, a member of Vladimir Zhirinovsky's nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), was elected as the region’s governor nearly two years ago in an upset victory against the longtime incumbent from Putin's ruling United Russia party.

The protests in Khabarovsk, about 6,100 kilometers and seven time zones east of Moscow, have created headaches for the Kremlin as it tries to prevent unrest over the economic impact of coronavirus restrictions.

Unlike Moscow, where police quickly disperse unsanctioned opposition protests, Russian authorities have not attempted to break up the unauthorized demonstrations in Khabarovsk -- apparently hoping the rallies will dissipate over time.

KHABAROVSK, RUSSIA - Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the streets of Russia's Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk for a third weekend on Saturday to show their anger over the Kremlin's replacement of a popular regional governor.

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