Sergei Furgal

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Sergei Furgal
Sergey Furgal (2018-12-27).jpg
Governor of Khabarovsk Krai
In office
28 September 2018 – 20 July 2020
PresidentVladimir Putin
Preceded byVyacheslav Shport
Succeeded byMikhail Degtyarev (acting)
Member of the State Duma
In office
24 December 2007 – 27 September 2018
Personal details
Born
Sergei Ivanovich Furgal

(1970-02-12) 12 February 1970 (age 50)
Poyarkovo, Amur Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political partyLDPR

Sergei Ivanovich Furgal ((Russian: Сергей Иванович Фургал) (pronounced FOOR-GAHL); born 12 January 1970) is a Russian politician who served as Governor of Khabarovsk Krai from 28 September 2018 until 20 July 2020 following his arrest.[1]

Furgal was also a member of the State Duma from 2007 to 2018. He is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party.[2]

Biography[edit]

In 2008, Furgal was awarded the Honorary Diploma of the Chairman of the State Duma for his contributions to the development of legislation and parliamentarism in Russia.[3]

In the 6th State Duma, he held the position of chairman of the committee on health protection from October 2015 to October 2016.[4] From 2005 to 2007, he was a deputy of the Legislative Duma of the Khabarovsk Krai on a temporary basis. He holds a master's degree in Economics from the Russian Academy of Public Service,[4] and a bachelor's degree in the medical field from Amur State Medical Academy.

Governorship[edit]

Election[edit]

When Furgal announced his candidacy in the 2018 gubernatorial election, he was widely seen as having little chance of victory, as incumbent Vyacheslav Shport was expected to win. In the first round, however, Furgal gained a surprise 35.81%, whilst Shport gained 35.62%.[5] In the second round, Furgal was elected Governor of Khabarovsk Krai in a landslide, gaining 69.57%.[6] His win was largely attributed to anti-establishment sentiment shared on both the left and right of the political spectrums.

Furgal took office on 28 September 2018.[7] Since then, his party has won a number of statewide and local elections. With the LDPR gaining a majority in the Legislative Duma of the Khabarovsk Territory, the City Duma of Khabarovsk, the City Duma of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and two seats in the State Duma in 2019.[8]

Arrest[edit]

On 9 July 2020, Furgal was arrested by authorities on charges of involvement in multiple murders of several businessmen in the region and nearby territories in 2004 and 2005.[9] Furgal could face life in prison if convicted.[10]

Protests in support of Furgal began after his arrest. On 11 July, tens of thousands of people were estimated to have taken part in the protests in Khabarovsk against Furgal's arrest with slogans against President Putin, alleging the timing of the arrest was politically motivated - Furgal won by a landslide against the Kremlin's candidate in Khabarovsk Krai's gubernatorial election in 2018.[11] While the rally was unauthorised, no arrests were made and police did not intervene.[12][13][14]

Subsequently Furgal has been replaced by Mikhail Degtyarev starting July 20.

Family[edit]

Furgal is the youngest of 10 children in his family. One of his brothers, Vyacheslav (1953-2020), a member of Khabarovsk regional parliament, died of COVID-19 on 13 June 2020. Furgal is married and has 3 children. His son, Anton (born 2 August 1991),[15] is also a member of the Liberal Democratic Party.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ В Хабаровском крае в должность вступил новый глава региона
  2. ^ Врачей для государственных больниц и поликлиник предлагают обучать бесплатно
  3. ^ Сергей Иванович Фургал. ЛДПР
  4. ^ a b Сергей Фургал избран председателем комитета Государственной думы по охране здоровья.
  5. ^ Russians Vote In Gubernatorial Runoffs As Kremlin Candidates Face Pushback
  6. ^ 100% голосов подсчитано: губернатором Хабаровского края стал Фургал
  7. ^ Фургал вступил в должность губернатора Хабаровского края
  8. ^ "LDPR Became the "Party in Power" in the Khabarovsk Territory". VostokMedia (in Russian). 9 September 2019.
  9. ^ Associated Press (9 July 2020). "Russian provincial governor arrested over killings of business rivals". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077.
  10. ^ "Russian governor faces jail time over death of 15 entrepreneurs - EU-OCS - European Observatory of Crimes and Security". eu-ocs.com. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Russia far east protest over Khabarovsk governor's arrest". BBC News. 11 July 2020.
  12. ^ "В Хабаровске прошел самый массовый митинг в истории города — в защиту арестованного губернатора Сергея Фургала. Главное". Meduza. 11 July 2020.
  13. ^ Kantchev, Georgi (12 July 2020). "Protesters in Russia's Far East Call for Putin to Resign". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660.
  14. ^ Higgins, Andrew (11 July 2020). "Protests Rock Russian Far East With Calls for Putin to Resign". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.
  15. ^ Сергей Иванович Фургал. ТАСС
  16. ^ Три Фургала и все — кандидаты.

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