Tskhinval gave its vote to Russia06.12.2011 | 10:15
South Ossetia could not stay away from elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Tens of thousands of people living in the republic have Russian passports. Last Sunday many of them went to the polls to cast their votes to one of the parties. GeorgiaTimes' correspondent spoke about the details of the popular will and the preliminary results of a plebiscite with the well-known South Ossetian political scientist Inal Pliev.
The last few weeks the word "election" does not cease to be heard at the streets of Tskhinval and other settlements in South Ossetia. The various collisions during the election of the president and the subsequent opposition protests have become a major topic of discussion in the country. The protracted conflict between the current government and its opponents had exhausted a major part of the population. Many are so tired of slogans, debates, rallies and other aspects of the campaign, that they were willing to ignore the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation. However, as a result, the RSO showed a high level of voter turnout. Even a surprisingly snowy weather didn't prevent them.
Almost all the inhabitants of South Ossetia may elect the Russian MPs. After all, almost everyone has got the passport with double-headed eagle. In addition, the 4th military base of Armed Forces of the RF is placed in the country. The soldiers and officers, stationed in South Ossetia, also paid their civic duty on December 4. We must not forget about many Russian specialists who work in local government offices and private firms. All in all, the election was attended by about 13 thousand people. And this happened despite the fact that provocative appeals, saying that Russia is ready to break the alliance with South Ossetia, and hence it is not necessary to take part in the election of deputies of the parliament, have been carefully circulated in the society .
Originally, the presidential candidate Alla Dzhioeva was called the initiator of the boycott. In South Ossetia, there have been circulated rumors that she was unhappy with Moscow's position during the opposition rallies and was ready to go on openly anti-Russian step. However, the headquarters of the ex-Minister of Education has denied such speculation. And no wonder: the local politics can be very negatively tuned to each other, but all of them feel the gratitude and respect to the country which saved the inhabitants of the Republic from destruction and exile. No wonder, the head of the state Eduard Kokoity warned that he intends to strictly prevent all attacks on Russia, if they were voiced by any of the participants of political life. "Russia is historical ally of our nation. And will our generation not to support the great tradition and the great choice made by our ancestors in 1774, when voluntarily joined the Russian Empire? We are called upon and required to strengthen and develop these relationships and not to give any political forces the opportunity to loosen them", Kokoity said.
However, the turnout in South Ossetia could be much higher. As the political scientist Inal Pliev noted in an interview to GeorgiaTimes, in the republic there was a clear shortage of polling stations, including in connection with heavy snowfall, which has actually cut off some towns from the rest of the territory. "This year, contrary to the previous period, November turned out to be enough snowy, making it difficult to communicate between the towns and villages. Therefore, residents of remote villages could not come in such a number in which they came earlier", he said.
Inal Pliev also confirmed that in South Ossetia, those who have called to boycott the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation were not heeded. "I personally heard at meetings, on the contrary, they asked people to come and vote at the election of deputies to the Russian parliament", said our interlocutor.
As a result, much of the sympathy of the inhabitants of South Ossetia was given to "United Russia". "United Russia" gained 80.13% of the vote. The second place took the Communist Party (4.9%), and "Fair Russia" (4.34%) became the third. The Liberal Democratic Party managed to get 3.45%. "Apple", "Patriots of Russia" and "Right Cause" could not get even a percent.
Such election results to be expected. No matter how much some analysts stated about the decrease of the authority of Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin in the country due to rallies, held in Tskhinval, they still are the most popular politicians in the country. That's why the party "United Russia" won uncontested victory.