Protests continue in Russia's Far East

Anti-Kremlin protests are continuing for the fourth straight weekend in Russia's Far East over the detention of a regional governor.

Former governor Sergei Furgal was arrested in early July in the far eastern region of Khabarovsk on suspicion of involvement in murders more than 15 years ago.

Sparked by his arrest, local residents and opposition camp members have held protests for the past three weeks, insisting that Furgal's detention was politically motivated.

On Saturday, protesters gathered along the main street in the city of Khabarovsk, demanding the release of the former governor and a fair trial for him. They also chanted "Putin resign." Local media reported more than 10,000 people took part.

A female student told NHK that growing public frustration is driving many people to participate in the protests. She said the central government should heed what they are calling for.

President Vladimir Putin dismissed far-rightist governor Furgal and appointed a federal lawmaker, who is also a member of the far-right party, to replace him.

Putin also announced his intention to allocate an additional budget to the region, in an apparent effort to bring the situation under control.

But anti-government protests are spreading to other areas around the country, with no sign of subsiding. They were also held in other cities in the Russian Far East and Siberia on Saturday. Similar demonstrations are also planned in western Russia.