Appeal Of Former Russian Governor Furgal Against His 22-Year Sentence Denied

By RFE/RL's Siberia.Realities

The Moscow regional court has rejected an appeal filed by Sergei Furgal, the former governor of the Far Eastern Khabarovsk region, against a 22-year prison term he was handed in February after a jury convicted him of attempted murder and of ordering two killings in 2004 and 2005, charges he has steadfastly denied. Furgal, who took part in the November 15 hearing via a video link, reiterated his innocence. Furgal's arrest on July 9, 2020, sparked months-long mass protests in the Khabarovsk capital, Khabarovsk, and several other towns and cities in the region.