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Minister Chigoeva seeks refuge2011-07-29 20:03
Maya Chigoeva-Tsaboshvili seeks political asylum in Canada. She arrived at this decision upon "a series of disappointments and failures of hope" that she has been living through lately. She is former "minister of foreign affairs" of the alternative pro-Georgian government of South Ossetia. But the "diplomat" is lucky complaining only of disappointments. Most of her colleagues were less lucky: some of them are in prison, others are on the run and some are scared of possible revenge.
Maya Chigoeva-Tsaboshvili is an Ossetian woman that was born in Tbilisi. In 2006 this fact was enough to become a participant of one of Saakashvili's most grandiose propaganda projects named "alternative government of South Ossetia" without selection.
By that time the circle of South Ossetian "leaders" had been defined embracing figures that were really connected with the republic: former PM Dmitry Sanakoev, for instance. That is why Chigoeva-Tsaboshvili was given the secondary role of a South Ossetian diplomat.
Before the appointment she was the head of Iber-Iron organization of Georgian-Ossetian friendship looking for grants to "absorb". The proposal to join the administration of recently created Union of National Rescue of South Ossetia was like a career breakthrough to her. She received money and a future since Mikheil Saakashvili himself set huge hopes for the "new Ossetians".
Contrary to Chigoeva-Tsaboshvili's expectations, her role was secondary. Secondary was her access to finance too. It couldn't be otherwise with Sanakoev and Karkusov brothers being first figures in the movement. And their ability to get hold of limitless amounts of budgetary funds was well-known in Tskhinval.
We will be back to them soon. In the meantime, let's see the career progress of Chigoeva-Tsaboshvili in the new movement. A short time later the Union of National Rescue of South Ossetia was renamed into People of South Ossetia for Peace. All this was the beginning of serious processes that whirled Chigoeva-Tsaboshvili up. Tbilisi was in the middle of frantic rhythm. The country's young leaders didn't put off anything so in two months' time - from September to November 2006 - Dmitry Sanakoev and his supporters passed from creation of a movement in opposition to Tskhinval to holding an alternative presidential election in a number of districts of South Ossetia.
No doubt, these elections were the most creative political show throughout the entire post-Soviet space. Only Saakashvili could have invented that. Voting stations were quickly set up in Georgian-populated villages of the republic with all local residents ordered to come. People had a rare chance of electing the president of South Ossetia that would bring the republic back to Georgia's fold. Like in all activities of "Alternative South Ossetia" project - Maya Chigoeva-Tsaboshvili acted as part of the mob. In gratitude she received a foreign minister's portfolio in the government. Yet, the winner was Dmitry Sanakoev with 80% votes. The "election" ended with Sanakoev's inauguration in Kurta village and an oath to preserve loyalty to the nation. He took the oath laying his hand on the constitution of South Ossetia that stipulates South Ossetia's sovereignty. The culmination of the show was rejection of Georgian authorities to accept legitimacy of the "elections".