More than three weeks of protests in Russia, the day converged at 10:08 p.m. on August 1 in the Far East and other parts of the World.
Following the arrest of the governor of the Far East, who has distanced himself from Putin’s ruling party in Russia, more than three weeks of protests have been held in various parts of the Far East and other places for more than three days, and the administration is trying to calm the situation, but there are no plans to converge.
In the Khabarovsk region of Russia’s Far East last month, local residents and opposition parties have been protesting for three weeks, saying it was “political pressure” following the arrest of former governor Fulgarl, a far-right party that has distanced himself from the ruling party, on suspicion of involvement in murders more than 15 years ago.
For a day in Khabarovsk, protests were held on the main street in the center of the city, and according to local media, more than 10,000 people participated to seek bail and a fair trial for the former governor, and shouted “President Putin should step down.”
The female students who participated said, “There are a lot of people participating in the protest because the level of dissatisfaction in society is high. The government should listen to us.”
President Putin is trying to calm the situation by dismissing Mr. Fulgarh and appointing a member of the lower house of the same far-right party as the governor’s representative and indicating his intention to allocate additional budgets to the local community.
However, protests have been held in other cities in the Far East and Siberia, as well as in western Russia, and there are no plans to converge.
A demonstration that lasts every day
Former Governor Fulgarh was arrested last month on suspicion of being suddenly detained by a security agency while traveling in an official car, being transferred by air to the capital Moscow, and involved in a murder case more than 15 years ago.
When footage was taken with security officials holding their heads down, local supporters strongly protested that it was “a show of political pressure,” and the protests have been an unusual situation for three weeks since last month.
Local authorities do not allow protests or demonstrations to be held because of the Corona Virus antivirus, but participants gather under the pretext of “feeding the corner of the square” and there are tens of thousands of protests every Saturday.
So far, security officials have not detained a large number of demonstrators and are ready to keep an eye on the situation for the time being.
The protests have also included opposition groups that have strongly criticized Putin’s government, spreading to various parts of the country, including the central cities of Vladivostok in the Far East and cities in Siberia, indicating that discontent with the long-term administration is growing in rural areas.
What is Mr. Fulgar?
Former Governor Fulgarl, 50, who was arrested, was from the Russian Far Eastern province of Amur, who ran a company that traded wood and metal in the 2000s and later served as a member of the Khabarovsk local assembly and a member of the House of Representatives.
In the governor’s election in the Khabarovsk region held the day before last, he ran for the far-right party “Russia Liberal Democratic Party” and fought against the incumbent of Putin’s ruling party, Unified Russia, and as a result of the run-off vote, he won by a large margin of 27.97% of the incumbents with a 69.57% of the vote.
In large cities such as Russian states, ethnic minority republics, and Moscow, most of the top members come from the ruling party named President Putin, and there are few governors from other political parties.
After taking over as governor, Mr. Fulgar decided to reduce his own compensation and sell yachts and luxury cars owned by the local government, and frequently interacted with residents on social media to appeal for medical care and education expansion, further expanding his support.
In the local parliamentary elections held last year, Mr. Fulgar’s base of support, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, surged, and the ruling party greatly reduced its seats.
In the national vote on constitutional reform last month that would allow Putin to continue his campaign, the voter turnout was lower than the national average, with 36.64 percent votes more than 10 points higher than the national average, and the opposition to the government stood out compared to other regions.
Putin’s government is believed to have raised distrust against Mr. Fulgarh, who has failed to produce satisfactory results for the regime, because it has held military parades to raise patriotism and appeal for support for constitutional reform by mobilizing all the state media.
Why follow the demo? What is the background?
Behind the continued unusual protests in the Russian Far East is deeply frustrated with the putin regime and the capital Moscow.
While the Russian Far East occupies more than one-third of Russia’s area, the population is only over 6 million and 4%, and Putin’s government has positioned the development of the region as a national priority.
However, in the Far East, the environment surrounding housing and medical care lags behind the capital Moscow, and the gap between central and local areas is a major issue.
There are also complaints that local oil, gas, forests and other abundant resources are managed by large Moscow-based companies, and the locals are not fully benefiting from them.
President Putin has repeatedly said that life levels in the Far East are higher than the national average, but the economic situation has not improved in the Khabarovsk region, with more than 1,700 small and medium-sized enterprises being forced to close last year.
Lyavov, an engineer participating in the protests, has been forced to live in an old apartment built 70 years ago, criticizing putin’s government for failing to achieve the promised rebuilding.
“The Russian government’s plan is to talk about it, and its citizens continue to live in a barn-like house. The government is turning its back on our situation,” he said, calling for people to listen to local voices.
In the wake of the protests, various dissatisfaction with the Putin regime that has accumulated so far has spewed out at once, and it has become a factor that spreads to other regions.
Nikolai Petrov, a political scientist familiar with Russian internal affairs, cited the arrest of former Governor Fulgarh as having won overwhelming victory over the incumbent governor of the ruling United Russia ruling party in the previous year’s gubernatorial election, gaining support in the local community, more than President Putin.
“In the past, the central government was able to demand strong loyalty from the provinces by distributing large sums of money,” Mr. Petrov said. However, due to the recent economic crisis, funds have decreased, and this way of buying local loyalty with money is no longer working.”
On the other hand, he said, “In Russia, all important decisions are made in the capital Moscow, and maintaining centralized power is more important than anything else for the Kremlin,” he said, noting that local movements that do not comply with the intentions of Putin’s government are unacceptable.
Mr Petrov said that “Putin’s government is sending a signal to the local political elite to ‘follow our rules’ in the run-up to the election,” noting that unified local elections are scheduled in September and lower house elections next fall, and that political pressure on rural areas will intensify in the future.