The potential of protests in the Russian Far East city of Khabarovsk

Question: Thousands of people of the Russian Far East Khabarovsk Krai region, have rallied for the 22 days to support the arrested ex-governor Sergei Furgal, who is a member of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia. Furgal was elected by a wide margin in 2018 over the incumbent candidate from Putin’s ruling United Russia party. But on July 9, Furgal was arrested and transferred to a jail in Moscow for what authorities said was suspicion of involvement in several murders in 2004 and 2005. Furgal supporters say the charges against him are politically motivated retribution for the  2018 election defeat of Putin’s ally. The Khabarovsk rallies have attracted thousands of people and are the largest protests in any city since the fall of the Soviet Union. Sustained demonstrations against the government in Moscow are unusual for Russia’s regions, as is a lack of response from authorities to break them up. What potential does this situation have for Russia. And how do the people in Khabarovsk need to act in order for a government in Moscow to meet them halfway?

Answer from the Ascended Master Saint Germain through Kim Michaels. This answer was given at the 2020 Webinar – Being the Divine Mother.

Well, certainly, it is encouraging that so many people have joined in these protests. It is also encouraging that the local authorities, regional authorities have not yet used violence to stop the protests. The question that remains to be seen is whether Putin will use a federal force to go in and stop these protests or whether he is just hoping that they will wear themselves out.

The situation here is simple. Regardless of what the governor has done or not done in his past; the current charges are obviously politically motivated. Otherwise they would have been brought much sooner. It’s clear that the people in the region have a right to elect a governor they want to elect—in a democratic nation that is. The question is how democratic Russia still is? And that is the question that is being tested here. Will Putin and the central government allow these regions some autonomy or will they not?

Basically, the biggest potential here is that the inhabitants of the region continue to protest, but also continue to do so in a nonviolent matter. And no matter what your authorities do, they do not respond back with violence. Any response back with violence will only give Putin an excuse for using more violence and therefore stopping the protests, which of course he can do if he decides to send in the necessary force.

You need to find some very delicate balance here of continuing the protests, keeping them nonviolent, and demanding the release of the governor or that he be tried in some independent way of these charges. Whatever that might be in Russia is a good question.

It’s clear that Putin has, already total control over the central government. But he does not have complete control over these regions that are further away from Moscow. If there is to be any change in terms of the people rising up against Putin and his regime, it must come from these more faraway distant regions where the power of the federal government is not as strong.

So, this is something that could potentially lead to a change in the political equation in Russia. Whether it can actually unseat Putin, it cannot be done by just one region there would have to be others that will join in. And since these protests are not directly against Putin, but related to the governor, it is questionable how far they will go in actually changing the political situation in Russia, but at least they can serve to clarify the situation so that maybe the people and leaders in other regions begin to see that they need to demand greater autonomy.

We have said before that, in an ideal situation, Russia could potentially be divided so that the regions east of the Ural Mountains could form a separate nation. And this is of course, a potential although not realistic in the short term. It is not necessary that it comes to pass but you consider the vastness of Russia and the differences in culture and geography and you see that it is certainly one logical outcome of the situation in Russia.


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