Disqualified South Ossetian Candidate Won’t Meet With Russian Official

TSKHINVALI — Alla Dzhioyeva, the disqualified South Ossetian presidential candidate, says she does not see any reason to hold talks with a Kremlin representative who arrived in the breakaway Georgian province on December 2.

Dzhioyeva said she saw no point in meeting Sergei Vinokurov, a representative of Russia’s presidential administration, accusing Russian officials of siding with her political opponents.

South Ossetia broke away from Georgia in the 1990s, and Russia recognized its independence after a brief war with Georgia in 2008.

Dzhioyeva’s supporters have been rallying against a Supreme Court decision to invalidate the November 27 presidential election, which preliminary polls showed Dzhioyeva was winning.

Parliament later set a new date for presidential elections and barred Dzhioyeva from taking part.

Dzhioyeva said her supporters would “disrupt” that March poll if she is not allowed to participate.

On December 2, Dzhioyeva said her supporters would not cast ballots in Russian parliamentary elections on December 4 in protest.

South Ossetians are also Russian citizens.

compiled from agency reports

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