Western media: What is happening in Khabarovsk inspires hope


The protests taking place in the city of Khabarovsk over the past month inspire hope for a democratic future for Russia, writes the American newspaper The Washington Post.


More than 6 thousand kilometers from Moscow, people took to the streets demanding that the Russian authorities, represented by President Vladimir Putin, release the arrested governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Sergei Furgal. He was detained by law enforcement officers in June 2020 on suspicion of a series of murders committed in 2004-2005. After which Furgal was taken to Moscow.

On weekends, since people work on weekdays, from 20 to 50 thousand people regularly take part in the processions. By American standards, this is, of course, not much, but it should be borne in mind that about 600 thousand people live in Khabarovsk. In addition, mass protests against the authorities on the outskirts of Russia are generally very rare.

What is happening indicates that real support for Putin does not correspond to opinion polls and the Russian periphery will become a new place political fight, the media is sure. The protests will move from Moscow to the regions of Russia. For example, the residents of Khabarovsk voted two years ago for an entrepreneur Furgal, who has a dubious reputation, only in order to prevent a representative of United Russia from becoming the governor. Moreover, Furgal himself was not an opposition politician and did not oppose the Kremlin. He is a representative of the loyal political force - the Liberal Democratic Party. But many took Furgal's removal as political revenge on the part of the Kremlin.

Since then, there have been real changes in the public opinion of Russians. Putin withdrew responsibility for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and shifted it to regional authorities. Accordingly, the rating of trust in the Russian leader has decreased. Putin could have replaced Furgal with a representative of the region, but instead he appointed an official from Moscow, which was even more disliked by the locals.

Now we can expect an increase in repression and detention of activists. There is no need to expect from the protests in Khabarovsk that democracy in Russia will win "tomorrow." But rallying and mobilizing people can give a powerful impetus to democratization in Russia, which is desirable for us, writes The Washington Post.
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  1. Cheburashk Offline
    Cheburashk (Vladimir) 8 August 2020 19: 11
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    I don’t understand why I should quote the press of that country, which is in fact an enemy of Russia!
  2. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 8 August 2020 20: 00
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    Now we can expect an increase in repression and detention of activists. There is no need to expect from the protests in Khabarovsk that democracy in Russia will win "tomorrow." But rallying and mobilizing people can give a powerful boost democratization in Russia, desirable for us, writes The Washington Post.

    That is the whole point. laughing Interestingly, the author of the article looked in his window? How are things going with democratization there? And how desirable is it for them?
  3. maiman61 Offline
    maiman61 (Yuri) 8 August 2020 20: 27
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    Figs to you, gayropeans and mattress covers! Our people go to rallies, including in order to grip your infectious democracy and democratic values ​​more tightly. Your ... we don't need!
    1. cmonman Offline
      cmonman (Garik Mokin) 9 August 2020 00: 27
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      Our people go to rallies, including in order to grip your infectious democracy and democratic values ​​more strongly.

      When the next time you go to such a demonstration, I propose the phrase for the poster “I deeply don’t give a damn about who controls us and how, but I demand the freedom of Salvatore Allende!”
      Earn a bunch of benefits from drinking companions !!!
      1. 321 Offline
        321 (321) 9 August 2020 10: 35
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        Quote: cmonman
        ... When the next time you go to such a demonstration, I propose the phrase for the poster "I deeply spit on who and how we run, but I demand the freedom of Salvatore Allende!"
        Earn a bunch of benefits from drinking companions !!!

        It's time for you to refresh your "knowledge" - the one for whom you propose to demand freedom is no longer with us with everyone ... hi
        PS And I would like to clarify - bully about drinking companions you write about yours?
  4. bonifacius Offline
    bonifacius (Alex) 9 August 2020 00: 34
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    Probably all the blacks' boots were kissed, but they still have unkissed asses.
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    kartalovkolya 9 August 2020 08: 18
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    My friends, do you not get the impression of who and for whose money those who publish a hostile article from the newspaper, which D. Trump himself called "outright fakecomets", work for whom ???
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 9 August 2020 09: 45
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      My friend, well, only if "D. Trump himself", then of course. And whose money, by the way, are you hinting at, Trump himself?
  6. Roma Krupnov Offline
    Roma Krupnov (Roma Krupnov) 9 August 2020 18: 32
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    Western media, we wanted to spit on you. We have our own goals. We will figure it out ourselves without your gurgling. Khabarovsk urrrrrraaa !!! Loved you very much !!!!!