Kremlin accused of losing its touch as protests put Putin on back foot

Thousands march in Khabarovsk in the far east of Russia on Saturday in protest at the sacking and arrest of the region’s governor Sergei Furgal Thousands march in Khabarovsk in the far east of Russia on Saturday in protest at the sacking and arrest of the region’s governor Sergei Furgal © Igor Volkov/AP

If Russian president Vladimir Putin was hoping for a political honeymoon after successfully rewriting the country’s constitution to potentially give him two more terms in office, he was mistaken.