The arrested Russian governor hopes his supporters will stop demonstrating. His lawyer told about it on Thursday.
In the Khabarovsk city of the Russian Far East, thousands of people have protested over the arrest of popular governor Sergei Furgal. Large-scale demonstrations have taken place almost daily.
Furgal was arrested last week. He is accused of ordering the killing of several businessmen 15 years ago. Furgal has vehemently denied the charge.
After his arrest, the governor was flown to Moscow, where he tried on Thursday to appeal his arrest, but without success.
Protesters in Khabarovsk have demanded that Furgal be allowed to return home. Despite his arrest, he remains the official governor of the region.
Furgal appreciates the support but does not accept the protests
Furgal's lawyer Boris Kozhemjak also told reporters that the 50-year-old governor appreciates the support he has received, but is not in favor of unauthorized gatherings.
- Sergei Furgal has nothing to do with the protests of Khabarovsk residents, his constituents, Kozhemjak said.
According to the lawyer, Furgal thanks his voters for his support, but has said in court on Thursday that he will not accept mass rallies because he is the governor of the region. According to Kozhemjakkin, Furgal believes his voters should act in accordance with current legislation.
It is estimated that tens of thousands of people marched on the streets of Khabarovsk over the weekend and earlier this week. A big demonstration is also planned for the coming weekend.
Many of the protesters believe Furgal's accusations are based on political factors.
Furgal won a United Russia candidate in support of Putin in an election a couple of years ago. He received 70 percent of the vote in the election.