Russians Protest Putin’s Meddling with Local Government

Image shows the city of Khabarovsk at night. (Image by idelgujin from Pixabay)

People in the eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk have been protesting Vladimir Putin’s removal of the regional governor. The protests come shortly after a referendum made it possible for Putin to be Russia’s president until 2036.

Joel Griffith of Slavic Gospel Association says most protests in Russia tend to happen in Moscow, but these are happening on the other side of the country. “It’s a different situation. The governor of the region won the election two years ago, which was sort of a surprise because it wasn’t the Kremlin-sanctioned candidate. Well, he won. Then he got arrested on murder charges. At least, that’s what’s alleged.”

The people of Khabarovsk see these actions as Moscow interfering with their democratic process. Griffith says, “In the far East [of Russia], its governors and local officials have been able to operate with a fairly free hand. The national government hasn’t seemed to get too involved out there until now. So, it really is a unique situation. It remains to be seen what the domino effects are going to be.” So far, the Russian government hasn’t made any move to stop the protests.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Pray the Gospel would go forth unhindered by political upheaval in Russia.
  • Ask God to protect Christians in Russia from COVID-19 and other health threats.
  • Pray that justice would be done in this Russian political situation.