Who is Kokoity? (South Ossetian Diary by Tbilisi blues)

UPDATE vom 6.8.09

Anlässlich der Absetzung des von Moskau unterstützten bisherigen Regierungschefs Aslanbek Bulazew schreibt Russland Aktuell über Kokoity:

„Schmuggler mit autoritärem Regierungsstil“

Politische Gegner werfen Kokoity nämlich vor, in der Vergangenheit, die schlecht bewachten Grenzen Südossetiens ausnutzend, einen regen Schmuggel vor allem mit Alkohol aufgebaut zu haben. Als Präsident pflegt er seit Jahren einen autoritären Regierungsstil, kritisiert Ex-Premier Oleg Tesijew.

Zuletzt wurde dies bei den Wahlen zum Parlament deutlich: Dort gewann Kokoitys Partei deutlich, nachdem die Opposition von den Wahlen ausgeschlossen wurde. Nun hat der Präsident ein Taschenparlament, um die von ihm gewünschte Verfassungsänderung für eine dritte Amtszeit nach 2011 durchzusetzen.

Kokoity-Clan hat das Sagen

Viele in Moskau lebende Südosseten kritisieren die selbst für russische Verhältnisse enorme Korruption in der kleinen Kaukasusrepublik. Der Kokoity-Clan kontrolliert praktisch alle wichtigen Politikfelder und Wirtschaftszweige. Selbst Premier Bulazew wurde von Kokoity buchstäblich aus der Politik und dem Land gedrängt.

Seit Monaten war Bulazew nicht mehr in Südossetien, ehe er nun wegen „gesundheitlicher Probleme“ zurücktreten musste. Bei einem Besuch von Russlands Präsident Medwedew kürzlich in Zchinwali fiel die Entscheidung, einen Nachfolger für Bulazew zu bestimmen."

Der ganze Artikel findet sich hier.




Original post of May 2009:


If you want to know who exactly South-Ossetia's leader Kokoity is, you might find this article by Paul Rimple, author of "Tbilisi blues'", worth-while:

"Last month I met with Alan Parastayev, the former head of the South Ossetia's North Military HQ during the 1991 war with Georgia, Minister of Interior in 1994-1999 in the Chiborv government, and Chief Justice of South Ossetia's Supreme Court under Kokoity.
In 2005, Kokoity ordered his arrest. Parastayev states the beef stemmed from the illegitimate party lists Kokoity had submitted for upcoming parliamentary elections that he blocked .
Consequently, Parastayev was asked to resign but he refused until his 25 year-old son was imprisoned on a trumped up charge and sentenced to 8 years in prison. Parastayev resigned on the condition his son would be freed, but his captors reneged and he was arrested, beaten and charged for “committing a terrorist act” against de facto MP Bala Bestaute a year earlier by detonating a bomb near his home.
On the pretense of being released, Parastayev was persuaded, after being tortured and drugged, to read a prepared statement stating that the Georgian secret service had offered him US$220,000 to “commit a terrorist act against President Kokoity.” He insists the last line of the text was “but I refused.” That didn't matter to Kokoity.
After 17 months in prison, much of it in solitary confinement, Parastayev was sentenced to 18 years for betraying his homeland and preparing an act of terror against the president.
“I still don't understand what those charges meant,” he says.
When Georgia began its offensive against Tskhinvali in August 2008, the prison was under constant bombardment and authorities opened the gates and set the prisoners free. Parastayev and his son were in Tskhinvali on the 8th and 9th and got word that Kokoity, who had left Tkshinvali on the 6th, discovered prisoners had been freed and ordered the murder of the two Parastayevs. They fled to Georgia where Parasayev now works as the deputy minister of the newly created Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assitance.
Parastayev compares Kokoity's Tskhinvali to the USSR in 1937 where “you can't say a word against Kokoity, nobody dare says their thoughts,” he says. “Until Kokoity came, the word “terrorist” wasn't heard – we didn't have terrorist acts, they came with him."

The full article can be found here.





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