Petrov: Degtyaryov’s party affiliation is irrelevant to most protesters in Khabarovsk, who view him as someone imposed from Moscow

PONARS Eurasia
27 Jul 2020

(opb.org) Artyom Mozgov, 20, is among the thousands of people who have been protesting for the past two weeks in the Russian city of Khabarovsk, seven time zones east of Moscow on the Chinese border.

“People go out every day without any kind of organization,” Mozgov, a political activist, tells NPR. “I’m really happy that people from my region have finally taken responsibility for their lives, understand what’s happening in our country and go out and protest.” [...]

Degtyaryov is from the same political party as the deposed governor, but Putin is mistaken in assuming that will help his appointee defuse the Khabarovsk protests, says Petrov. [...]

Degtyaryov’s party affiliation is irrelevant to most protesters in Khabarovsk, who view him as someone imposed from Moscow, Petrov says. Furgal, on the other hand, is a popular local figure who trounced the Kremlin-backed incumbent governor in a landslide election two years ago. [...]

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