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South Ossetia: The first pancake is always lumpy. And the second?21.03.2012 | 20:30
Yesterday evening, Prosecutor General of South Ossetia, Teimuraz Khugaev resigned. He has explained this step saying that he "understood his responsibility to the future of South Ossetia and tried to consolidate Ossetian society in this difficult period". Khugaev has long become a "number 13" for all parties involved in the political crisis in South Ossetia, except, of course, the former president, Eduard Kokoity. The closer the elections, and they are scheduled for March 25, the greater concern about what is happening in Tskhinval. We talked about this with one of the candidates for president of South Ossetia Stanislav Kochiyev.
Everyone knows about big politics in South Ossetia. But tell us, do you meet with ordinary people, what are they interested in?
People have many questions. Everyone is interested if I can repeat the fate of Alla Dzhioeva, if I win. The state of the city is also the subject of concern. The city has turned into one big mess, and people do not want to stand it. Pits and potholes have become our main attractions.
Is there any pressure on you?
Initially, there was some pressure. The CEC did not give us an opportunity to publish our promotional materials and a newspaper. In this newspaper, we are publishing views of ordinary people, carrying out surveys. In such a poll one man called our former rulers bandits. This number was banned. They forbad us to hang a banner with the words "power for the people, prison for the thugs." They have money, and we do not. Our only source is donations.
There was a rumor that the Russian businessman Albert Jusoev has provided assistance to you.
He helps Tibilova, who has taken his side. There are no business, no tycoons behind us.
Tell us more about threats. One of the candidates told that he had been regularly threatened, and now were threatening his family. What about you?
Nobody has threatened me. I've started struggle long time ago. And I have suffered. My health problems are directly related to my political activities. As well as the distrust passed by the Parliament, consisting of the people of the former president and Prosecutor General. October 4 last year, the Communist Party of South Ossetia asked the president to resign. The next day, the Parliament expressed me a vote of no confidence.
Exact number of voters in South Ossetia who attended the elections in November last year is unknown. What do you think the situation will be now?
Current power doesn't let a considerable number of people to their homeland. Nobody can limit people's right to citizenship, which was given to man by birth. But our authorities granted citizenship only after the highest command of our former president.
There is an idea that the elections of March 25 are illegitimate. Do you agree?
Well, these elections cannot be considered illegitimate since the Supreme Court canceled the choice of 18 000 citizens of South Ossetia, whoo voted for Alla Dzhioeva in November. I am not her supporter, but once the elections were over, the Communist Party issued a statement saying that she had been deprived the victory and now is held in prison.
You were one of those who have insisted on the resignation of Prosecutor General. Why?
Because in recent year, the republic has been ruled by the Prosecutor General in fact. Even under the President Kokoity he fully reigned. The Government has twice achieved his resignation, but the Parliament, obedient to Khugaev, of course, did not approve the resignation.