Gobozov: Moscow does not give preference to any candidate at presidential elections in South Ossetia
South Ossetian leader of the opposition party "Fydybysta - Fatherland" Vyacheslav Gobozov believes that Russia will not provide explicit support for any candidate in the upcoming presidential elections in the republic.
"I do not think that Moscow would unequivocally support someone of them. I honestly do not want to wait from Moscow that it would look for the president for South Ossetia. I think the most important and positive role of Russia in this election can be different - to become a guarantor and to provide normal, fair elections" - said Gobozov in an interview to "Echo of the Caucasus".
Commenting on rumors that the Russian authorities are ready to support the head of MES Anatoly Bibilov during elections in South Ossetia, Gobozov emphasized that the specific allegations are baseless. "I understand that Moscow, of course, has its own interests, and it probably has its own preferences at this election. But I would not say that is precisely Anatol Bibilov, head of the MES, to date. I think, by the time the election campaign starts, there may appear others. Even today, many candidates do nothing but praising themselves, boasting that they have established contacts with Moscow and they have support in Moscow. However, we have no exact signals that the official Kremlin or the White House would support any particular candidate" - he said.
"I know that many Russian officials have a new sport: looking for another candidate for the presidency in South Ossetia" - said Vyacheslav Gobozov.
Earlier, South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity reiterated that he would not give a clear preference for any candidate in the upcoming presidential election.