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South Ossetia’s temporary administration again faces hard times2009-01-19 22:28
The press service of the pro-Georgian "temporary administration of South Ossetia" has reported that its Minister for Internal Affairs Dzhemal Karkusov has been dismissed.
"By order of the head of the South Ossetian administration given on 9th January 2009, Dzhemal Karkusov has been released from his post as the administration's minister for internal affairs. The deputy minister has been appointed as the temporary acting minister," it was noted in a report dated 15th January.
As the text goes on to say, from December onwards a reorganization and financial examination have been carried out within the administration, and during these "a series of serious infringements have been uncovered". Does this fact have anything to do with Karkusov's dismissal?
On the same day the Georgian newspaper Alia quoted a reliable source in saying that Dzhemal Karkusov has disappeared along with his family. Probably to Russia. According to the Alia report, relations between Dzhemal Karkusov and the administration leadership have got worse since the August events, and now he was allegedly going to be arrested. For financial irregularities. But the newspaper gives another possible reason: that Karkusov has been working for the Russian intelligence services.
On the whole, something strange has been happening to the "temporary administration" recently. Before the August events it was based in the village of Kurta in the Georgian enclave to the north of Tskhinvali and controlled about 20 percent of the republic's territory. After Russian tanks entered Kurta on 10th August, the administration moved to Tbilisi, where it occupies a few rooms in the Chess Palace. Until the end of last year its leader Dmitry Sanakoev was part of all the Georgian delegations at international talks as the legitimate representative of South Ossetia.
But on 20th December IA Regnum quoted military sources in reporting that Dmitry Sanakoev has been killed. According to provisional reports, he was eliminated by the Georgian intelligence services.
A series of Georgian publications responded in outrage: Sanakoev is alive and well. Moreover, they did not quote sources in the temporary administration, but exclusively the head of the information and analytical department of Georgia's Ministry of Internal Affairs Shota Utiashvili. In his own words, he said that he had phoned Dmitry Sanakoev and learnt that he was at his home in Tbilisi. But since then there has been no word from Sanakoev himself, even though he really likes journalists and TV cameras. Although, according to the press service, he signed the decree on 9th January...
It is interesting that Sanakoev and Karkusov are linked by the allegedly criminal features of their biographies.
Sanakoev was once the prime minister of South Ossetia, but in 2001 he resigned and moved to Vladikavkaz, where he became involved in business. He reappeared in Tbilisi five years later, becoming the head of the "temporary administration of South Ossetia". Because of this, in the republic itself Sanakoev has been christened a traitor, and his decision to serve the Georgian regime has been explained by large losses resulting from business gambles.