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Kokoyty called Barankevich’s interview sponsored2008-12-08 13:35
Eduard Kokoyty, the President of South Ossetia, regards articles on economic situation in the republic, published in The Kommersant, as sponsored, and claims he knows who is behind them.gt-en-newsitem-inside
These are the forces, that want to discredit the administration and people of South Ossetia, he sated, reports The Kommersant, December,8th .
Let us remind that on December, 5th, The Kommersant published the interview of the ex-Secretary of the Security Council of the republic, Anatoliy Barankevich, who accused Kokoyty of negligence, failure of reconstruction works, laundering of federal money transferred to Tskhinval, persecution of people disagreeing with South Ossetian administration. Barankevich suggested that it all may cause a social outburst in the republic, unready for winter.
Kokoyty responded instantly.
On December, 5th he stated that he had no wish to comment on those people and things The Kommersant does. He added that reconstruction process is going on, and such "sponsored" articles will appear, as the administration keeps people from stealing. The President claimed that he is aware what caused it: they didn't let one of contractors to steal a huge sum.
As The Kommersant pointed out, Kokoyty neither called the name of the contractor nor gave any evidence of "sponsorship" of the articles.
The President promised to save Russian money, appropriated for republic reconstruction, from squandering. He said, they will not allow anyone to launder money at the expense of South Ossetia. That is their responsibility for the Russian Federation and Russian people, he added.
According to Kokoyty, there is only one reason for such publications: certain pro-Georgian forces try to discredit South Ossetia and its administration in perception of Russia and Russians. These forces do not like the republic reconstructing and developing, he added. The administration of South Ossetia is absolutely consolidated, and rumors of some confusion are wrong, the President concluded.