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Khabarovsk Is Being Turned Into Point Of Instability In Russia’s Far East

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Khabarovsk Is Being Turned Into Point Of Instability In Russia's Far East

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On July 13, protests against the government and in support of the detained the government of the Khabarosvk region, Sergei Furgal, continued in Russia’s Far East for the third day. Hundreds gathered in Khabarovsk city for another rally chanting “Furgal is our choice” and demanding to release the detained person.

Last week, Furgal was detained and was removed from his post. He’s suspected of organizing of killings of several businessmen by an organized criminal group in 2004-2005. Immediately after his detention, the part of the regional and federal elits linked with Furgal launched a protest and media campaign in an attempt to pressure the Investigative Committee to release the suspect by labeling the case as ‘political’ and ‘unlawful’.

One of the features of the protests in Khabarovks is a wide coverage of the situation in Western mainstream and Russian neo-liberal media. All of them expectedly cover the situation as a ‘political case’ ignoring the investigation regarding the organization of murders by the suspect. The radical neo-liberal and pro-Western part of the Russian ‘opposition’ also jained the cause by supporting the criminal.

The media campaign employs hashtag “ЯМыФургал” (IWeFurgal), which refers to previous anti-government protests held by the neo-liberal opposition in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Posts and videos in social media promote Furgal as a ‘professional governor’ that made a lot to the region, demonstrate the supposed ‘standoff’ between Furgal and Putin (in order to politize the case), and create a picture like the entire region is now protesting (in fact, several thousands of people participated in the protests in the peak days – during the weekend). These trends are mixed with various fake news and propaganda videos designed to strengthen the perception of the situation as a persecution of a local patriot by the ‘corrupt regime’.

The interesting fact is that the image of Furgal as a ‘patriot’ does not correspond with the public facts. The Furgal family controls the ‘Amurstal’ metallurgical plant, the biggest metallurgical plant in Russia’s Far East. 25% of ‘Amurstal’ directly belongs to the wife of Furgal – Larisa Starodubova. The Furgal family and its circle have been actively withdrawing their capital aboard – to China and South Korea – through a number of business entities registered there (Neomaks Business Limited Records, Kyung Won Trading Co., Kyungwon Networks Co.Ltd Records, Zibo Intco Framing Products Co.Ltd Records, Zelfera Development S.A. Records).

Meanwhile, the strange situation continues to be observed in the Chinese-controlled social media network Tik Tok. Previously, it was already noted that Tik Tok does not delete political videos shared by the pro-Furgal bot network. This posture goes contrary to the general behaviour of the social network. Contrary, Tik Tok even indirectly promotes such content. This situation allows to suggest that China is exploiting the current instability in the Khabarovsk region in order to get a better negotiation position in its strategic partnership with Russia.

At the same time, the current instability in Khabarovsk showcases weak spots in the Russian governance system, when regional elites appear to be able instigate instability in order to achieve own tactical political and financial goals that often go contrary to the interests of the state.

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  • RichardD

    Unfortunately there’s another explanation beyond TikTok allegedly engaging in institutional bias, evrn if they are. It’s a problem that we have in the US, in part in my opinion to generations of people brainwashed by the lying Jew media. But it goes beyond that. And it’s called cognitive dissonance. A percentage of the population simply doesn’t care what the evidence shows the truth to be. They want a different reality from the one that exists. And cling to their preference in the hope that their obstinace makes it happen.

    • shylockracy

      Ziocorporate media, academia, and politics in general like in Tel Aviv-on-Potomac, DC, shapes global worldviews, at the end of 1945 US alone was over 50% of global GDP since US was completely unscathed in WW2; and they’ve been designing a sort of world order since then, with war, drugs, migrants, bioweapons, surveillance, etc. Maybe why an articulated position against global Ziocorporate degenerations of liberalism will always be deemed “anti-semitic”, even by Putin.

      • RichardD

        What Putin does is more important than what he says. He verbally condemns anti Semitisim. But has been tougher on Israel and Jews than most leaders. I’m sure that it’s not l Iost on him that Jews are the source of many of his problems.

        • Black Waters

          Richard, are you still looking for martians and spaceships? you fucking weirdo, I’m watching you, sometimes you write crap about fictional shit, then you have an obsession with jews, spreading lies about Putin.

          You dumbshit, ZIONISM is a political TOOL (ideology), what part of it you don’t understand? I know the U.S has a serious problem with extremism, terrorism (MADE in USA), fascism, nazism (PROMOTED by them nowadays), but you need to keep your extremism outside this site dude, seriously.

          Don’t get me wrong, i’m not defending POS like Mr Zion and their fellas, no. I’m based on common sense, and i see what you try to do, you are a BLACK SHEEP.
          I bet that MOSSAD, the CIA or even the NSA (all the same trash) hired people like you as disinformation agents, like i said before, from time to time you speak with common sense, but most of the time you spread disinformation and you try to make the people who oppose Israel’s aggression on the middle east and U.S imperialism as a bunch of extremists that hate jews, so your masters can play the “antisemite card”, cut the shit. -“tHat’S aNtISemItE”-Boom-> Censored. Evading all laws or rules (and questions)

          religion is a mere facet of the individual, then it’s the person that practice that religion, speaking about people based of their religion only, is a tool for dehumanization, you aren’t talking about the person/people in question you are putting religion about everything else (every time you talk about it), that’s the same thing that many yanks do with muslims too and even other christians.

          With time, your mask it’s starting to show up the true nature of yours, and the intentions that your kind (or Employers)tries to portray about anyone speaking against war or barbarism.

          • RichardD

            You haven’t tried to disprove anything that I’ve written. Let alone succeeded. Try to get your facts straight. Palestinians are far more Semitic than Jews. Most of whom are AshkeNAZIs with little if any Hebrew Canaanite DNA. Jews are the planet’s biggest anti Semites.

    • Ivan Freely

      My money is on some kind of relationship between the Furgal family and members of the Chinese government that have leverage or oversight of social media like TikTok. What I want to know is who are all the players with TikTok. People don’t know that Saudi Arabia have a stake in Twitter and Fox News in the past (don’t know if they still do). Under that light, the Furgal family may also have a stake in that venture.

      • RichardD

        Good questions. All governments have extra work to do with the scamdemic. If the videos that are being allowed to stay up violate Tik Tok editorial policy by promoting criminal activity. Then there may be corruption involved as you suggest. And it may take Chinese government oversight longer to get the problem corrected.

        I don’t speak Russian. So I’m not able to determine if the videos are objectionable. But the SF author thinks that they are.

      • AM Hants

        Ignore Tik Tok, purely owing to the fact, for me it seems driven by the same Silicone Valley and Media luvviesall of a sudden it turned up as latest ‘must use’, which automatically switched me off.

  • shylockracy

    The USSR needed to be reformed, not butchered apart and turned into a Western-style so-called “democracy”. Looks like Western “freedom” has brought so much joy to the world Russia couldn’t but try to fully embrace it even after a referendum with 78% of the people voting in favor of preserving the USSR. Now you gotta deal with Chechen ISIS, Euromaidan Ukropzionaziland and color revolution outbreaks in Russia itself every now and then.

    • occupybacon

      They had to dismantle it because it was even more vulnerable in that form. It’s still USSR but more compact.

  • Ivan Freely

    This situation allows to suggest that China is exploiting the current
    instability in the Khabarovsk region in order to get a better
    negotiation position in its strategic partnership with Russia.

    What negotiations?

    • occupybacon

      For buying Siberia, duh!

    • AM Hants

      Who gains from people believing that? China or US?

  • Black Waters

    The dude was a criminal, jail time.

  • kamalashila

    Potin is less and less beloved.

    • Black Waters

      Nop, he’s okay, it’s the U.S propaganda and their fellow slaves trying to portray what it isn’t, in an attempt to create chaos around the globe to cover pedophiles in washington.

      Every falling empire tries to divert attention from internal issues trying to create wars to blame others for their putrid elite, the U.S has control of most digital sites, public ones, which heavily influence others nations, like i said, they are trying to turn every assets into a weapon, to brainwash people against Russia or any competitor.

      Take a look at Ukraine, once you take the normal people out of power you are done. Russia has a lot to protect, natural resources in Russia belong to Russia, without Putin now Russia will be fragmented, you may not understand the world, but we are in a critical time right now. The arctic is a crucial area of economic development, Putin has the right mind on it, it’s developing nicely, so those who lost influence in the future are in panic today, because tomorrow they will have not much influence left.

      That’s why i truly believe that the ambition of these creeps in Washington will destroy civilization as we know it, because this time Russia ain’t playing around.

      The way the things are going, Russia will have an economic boom once the Arctic route opens up, the thing is… the U.S and some others vassals will try to create chaos to avoid Russia’s economic grow, there is when Nuclear option for Russia becomes are reality.

      • Ivan Freely

        IMO, nuclear option is a last resort. I’m sure there are more effective ways to take on the Empire. The Chinese is doing it with economics. I do admit that at some time in the future, hard power will be required.

        • JIMI JAMES

          Not really when they are allready falling flat on their faces then never get up?

      • occupybacon

        Lol Russia doesn’t belong to Russians, you silly. Russia belongs to the 100 billionaires in Moscow. Putin is their puppet.

        • AM Hants

          You still believe in the tooth fairy? How many naughty Russian oligarchs with dual citizenship are now living in exile, since PresidentcPutin/Dr Vladimir Putin (PhD Economics) first came to power?

          • RichardD

            An economics degree isn’t listed in his Wikipedia biography:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin

          • AM Hants

            ARE YOU SERIOUSLY CITING wiki?

            When he left the KGB, he took on the position of the Rector’s Assistant, at the St Peterburg Mining University. Also studying for his PhD in Economics, which was awarded around 1996. A subject focused on macro economics and his position as an intelligence analyst, would have shown aptitude in this field, would it not?

            His thesis can be found in the archives of St Peterburg University.

            He graduated in International Law, worked as an intelligence analysis for the KGB and I assume his Master’s Degree was also focused on International Law. When the KGB fell, he then worked as the Assistant to the Rector of St Peterburg Mining University, in the International Law sector of the University. Where he came across Medvedev. So many graduates of International Law can be found in the Kremlin. No doubt, why Russia has such a good grasp on the subject, unlike most International Governments and Institutions.

          • RichardD

            http://static.kremlin.ru/media/events/photos/big2x/lPRjbu0g9Wu1jpZOO2A5hNDLY0pC06B9.jpeg

            – President Vladimir Putin was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics at Athens University –

            http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/page/1102

          • AM Hants

            Nice one. His PhD in Economics, was not a gift, but, a Doctorate he worked for. I wonder how many Academic Awards he has also been gifted and well earned?

          • occupybacon

            I didn’t consulted my academic papers in order to talk with your brilliance. Btw you forgot to post your colored map of Ukraine. Are you working on it?

        • Lone Ranger

          Cool story…
          I guess thats why Russian livingstandards went up by a 10 fold in the past 20 years while 65% of the civilian infrastructure has been rebuilt or upgraded…

          • occupybacon

            Maybe in the big cities, that is nothing at the huge amount of natural resources, they should look like Qatar. You know there is a site… Google street or smth, you can visit smaller towns – which most don’t look different than any place from Donbas after war.

          • Lone Ranger

            Nah…
            You must be sure looking at Detroit, Baltimore, St.Loius…
            Russia is fine.
            How many people live in Russia and how many in Qatar?
            Was Qatar robbed by the west for 10 years straight…?
            I dont think so.

          • occupybacon

            You again focus on a few big cities, most small towns from Russia look like in post apocaliptic movies.

          • Lone Ranger

            According to Soros news network and the CIA…

          • occupybacon

            At least they have nice country girls https://www.yaplakal.com/forum2/topic1895624.html

    • JIMI JAMES

      Irrelevant opinions mean sht,particullarly 78% voted in favour to more russian constituates!

  • Bobby Twoshoes

    Last article trying to imply Tik Tok collusion included Tik Tok embeds which had all been removed by the time I read the article, when someone makes a claim that is proved false in their own article it is hard not to be sceptical. Cui bono? Everything about this is the standard MO of the US, it is ludicrous to suggest that China would put its alignment with Russia at risk with such convoluted machinations to score a few minor bargaining chips. There will be plenty of time for negotiations after the Empire is defeated which will not happen if China and Russia are at loggerheads over some petty bullshit.

    • RichardD

      The Tik Tok embeds are on the article linked to in the article that I just checked. Maybe there’s something wrong with your phone. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bd7e068492443daa79b67a227c593d5ce124d5a3e58af5da91b0e2eca1264ca4.jpg

      • Bobby Twoshoes

        I don’t even have a “smart” phone anymore, it must be a browser issue. I’ll withdraw that complaint then, Tik Tok is after all a private company. I still feel that anyone using it to foment dissent is more likely influenced by US than Chinese strategy.

        • RichardD

          The issue that the article was raising was that China is allowing a Chinese company to foment dissent by not pressuring the Tik Tok social media platform not to allow these bots to instigate unrest.

          I’m not a social media user. I have a dormant Twitter account that I opened for trading signals and haven’t used in years. Comment board comments don’t really rise to the level of that type of platform that have official government accounts used by politicians and others seeking a wide audience.

          Were Russian social media platforms used during the Hong Kong protests against the Chinese government? Did the Russian government pressure them not to do that? I don’t know. But I can see where it would be a factor in the equation.

      • occupybacon

        What does it say?

        • RichardD

          I don’t know. But it looks like it must comply with Chinese censorship:

          “TikTok (Chinese: 抖音; pinyin: Dǒuyīn) is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It is used to create short dance, lip-sync, comedy and talent videos.[5] ByteDance first launched Douyin for the China market in September 2016. Later, TikTok was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android in most markets outside of China; however, it only became available in the United States after merging with Musical.ly on 2 August 2018. TikTok and Douyin are similar to each other, but run on separate servers and have different content to comply with Chinese censorship restrictions. The application allows users to create short music and lip-sync videos of 3 to 15 seconds[6][7] and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds. They also have global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo.[8] The app eventually gained popularity in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the United States, Turkey, Russia, and other parts of the world.[9][10][11] TikTok and Douyin’s servers are each based in the market where the respective app is available.[

          • occupybacon

            Ok, where is the prove that they are aware of what any account publish in real time? Is a chinese aproving each vid?

          • RichardD

            Tik Tok is the foreign subsidiary. The Chinese government has oversight on the parent company. I don’t know how the Chinese government exercises editorial discretion on a partially foreign entity. They’re very busy with the scamdemic. It may be on hold, or they may be allowing it to run. I don’t know.

          • occupybacon

            Maybe it’s some backwards thinking that internet is a small place where nothing appears withot being censored.

    • jm74

      Strongly agree with you; the reason why I won’t help to finance the site. SF has lost some credibility.

  • RichardD

    What is the unemployment rate in the area where the protests are occurring? Is it higher than normal due to scamdemic lockdowns?

  • lovethemapples

    Putin’s worst nightmare since Berlin protests are protests at home. There will be a rough crackdown if it doesn’t slow on its own.

  • AM Hants

    Who is funding it and why is the US via USAID, sending money to Russia? What did Nuland say, with regards focusing on the 18-24 year old and those living in towns far from Moscow, as they try to create a Russian Maidan?

  • Tudor Miron

    Ruzionic elites (spurred by their foreign masters) are trying to show that they still rule and have enough power and resources to create unrest and instability. But their times are ending now.

    • RichardD

      Is Judaism slated to be outlawed in Russia like Jehovahism? Is there pending legislation to facilitate this?

  • Swift Laggard II

    Just because a few hundred people are protesting now you are scared? come on, be serious Russia

  • peter mcloughlin

    In a world becoming more unstable by the day what is happening in Khabarovsk – whoever might be behind the unrest or supporting it – only increases global instability. World leaders are blind to the pattern of history: that mankind is plunging towards nuclear war.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  • kamalashila

    Swobodu Furganu!