One never knows when in the course of the public protests in Khabarovsk, a major city in Russia’s Far East, people might start blaming the federal centre for antisocial and notorious decisions of previous years. Chances are this will trigger many more serious consequences and may bring about rallies in other Russian cities.
The protests in the Khabarovsk territory became a real challenge for Moscow. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets after Governor Sergey Furgal, who is accused of serious crimes, was arrested. Despite the fact that the Kremlin, the Russian government and parliament are “delicately” avoiding recognition of the problem, its character continues changing gradually. While in the first days it referred to an attempt by Khabarovsk’s residents to defend a people's governor, now the protest action puts the authorities with an increasing frequency in the face of an agenda that mainly consists of dissatisfaction with any steps of the federal center.
One never knows when in the course of the protest actions in Khabarovsk people might start blaming the federal centre for antisocial and notorious decisions of previous years. Chances are this will trigger many more serious consequences and may bring about rallies in other Russian cities.
Recently, a similar opinion has been voiced by Igor Rybakov, a well-known Russian billionaire and businessman. On his Youtube channel he calls the events in Khabarovsk the cold civil war drawing parallels between the Khabarovsk protest action and the mayhem in the U.S.
Rybakov says that if the authorities can't find common grounds with remonstrative residents of the Khabarovsk territory, this situation might be replayed in several other regions of Russia. Moreover, Rybakov believes that the similar actions are already being prepared in many Russian regions. Therefore, in his opinion, the Kremlin should respond immediately.
“The Khabarovsk territory is in a state of cold civil war,” said Igor Rybakov. “The authorities should understand that other regions are looking at Khabarovsk and adopting its experience. So, the same situation as in Khabarovsk is swelling in all regions of the Russian Federation.
“When there were riots in the U.S., social networking services like TikTok, Facebook and Instagram inadvertently spread them around the world. The same is very likely to happen in Russia, and Khabarovsk might be the starting point for the upcoming events.
“To be fair, it should be noted that there is still a chance to avoid all this. The government should remove Acting Governor Degtyarev, devise a solution to the issue together with people and establish a meaningful dialogue with the inhabitants of Khabarovsk,” Igor Rybakov says. “Instead, the law-enforcement agencies put some of the participants of rallies in police vans. In doing so, they make a huge mistake.”