The de facto South Ossetian parliament approved the budget bypassing the quorum. 34 e. წ. 18 deputies were announced in the session hall, and for the opening of the quorum and the session, a 34-member e. წ. 23 men were required to come to the parliament. Supporter of the de facto president E. წ. Deputies approved the 2021 budget by bypassing the regulations.
Almost five months ago fourteen e. წ. The MP boycotted the parliamentary sessions. On September 7 last year, they said they would not continue working until Bibilov released de facto Prosecutor General Uruzmag Jagaev, who was responsible for the killing of 30-year-old Tskhinvali resident Inal Jabiev by law enforcement. Bibilov did not release Jagaev and some of the deputies remained in a boycott mode. During this time the de facto president exerted pressure on them in various ways, seeking ways to persuade them. Last week, representatives of budget organizations filled the parliament hall and demanded a budget from MPs due to delays in salaries and pensions. Representatives of budget organizations were brought to the February 16 sitting. An audio recording of the de facto Deputy Minister of Justice Nona Tedeeva was also spread on social networks, where she called on the employees to go to the parliament and force the deputies to support the budget. At the February 16 session, 14 strikers e. წ. The MP still did not appear, and the representatives of the speaker in the hall tried to circumvent the regulations in two versions. According to de facto parliamentary speaker Alan Tadtaev, it was a continuation of the February 5 session, which was attended by 30 deputies, and it did not close. At the February 5 sitting, Ossetian deputies, led by Konstantin Kosachev, hosted a delegation from the Russian Federation. Kosachev also tried to persuade the striking deputies and invited them to the hall, although the agenda of that sitting did not include the discussion of the budget. The second version was voiced by Vice-Speaker Piotr Gasiev. He said that the current de facto parliament regulations were not published in the press at the time, it is illegal and can be bypassed. In this version, he said, the regulations under which they have been working so far have not been approved. Accordingly, in his view, the law would not have been violated if the budget had been adopted by a simple majority.
One of the striking MPs, Davit Sanakoev, a member of the Nikhas party, said supporters of the president had broken the law and tried to absurdly reject the rules.
“This regulation has been working with us since 2004, before that another regulation worked until it was repealed and it was not adopted. The regulations are published on the Parliament website. As they say, he does not need the signature of the president and publish it in a government newspaper. It does not have to be this way. If this regulation regulates civil rights and freedoms, then that is another matter. As a normative legal act, it enters into force after its publication, i. For citizens after its introduction. But the regulations are different, it does not concern human rights and freedoms, it regulates parliamentary work and relations, it concerns only MPs and not others. “Our regulations are legal and effective.” – says Davit Sanakoev in a conversation with “Echo Caucasus”.
According to him, all participants in this action understand that it is illegal and this is understood by the main inspirer of the session, Anatoly Bibilov. It is no coincidence, says Sanakoev, that the session took place after the president’s visit to Moscow. As if he has nothing to do with what is happening. In fact, there is something he must distance himself from. Today – no more, no less – members of pro-presidential parties have repealed the rules of the legislature, says David Sanakoev.
“We see what this practice of breaking the law and rules causes. The assassination of Inal Jabiev is also part of this chain of crimes. We, the fourteen deputies, are fighting for the rule of law: one cannot bypass the law to please one person or one political force. Here, these MPs who voted today are responsible for their actions, but at the same time, they do not even understand what they did and what the consequences might be. Apparently they were told and voted. But this is Parliament! They themselves must obey the laws and make sure that others obey it. What is happening now? “
Another opposition lawmaker, Zita Besaeva, said the decision would only deepen the political crisis as the “president” chose the path of lawlessness.
“I do not know how far we will go, but, unfortunately, I do not see anything good. What can cause this, what negative? Our population is like a mine of slow action and sooner or later there will be a reaction. People are still exploding because it is impossible to tolerate what is happening here. It is impossible to live in such a state, where you are always in a stressful situation. “
A Tskhinvali source at Radio Liberty, a civil activist, says lawlessness is creating lawlessness and aggravation is still expected.
“Instead of finding a solution through negotiations, the deputies and the president went for aggravation. Bibilov does not give up on prosecutor Jagaev, who is not trusted by some of the deputies and Inal Jabiev’s family. It seems to Bibilov that it means more than the crisis created in the state. His deputies ignored the law and adopted the budget. They created the illusion that people wanted it. However, there were supporters of their party in the hall. The society sees that even in the parliament the law was violated at the request of one man, and how should this society, the same Jabiev family, have hope that they will be fair to them? “While the parliament, which is supposed to make and protect the law, is acting unfairly, what should a citizen expect at all?”
The political crisis in the occupied region of Tskhinvali began in August last year. Inal Jabiev, 30, died on August 28, 2020, before being taken to a hospital in Tskhinvali. Jabiev was suspected in the August 17 armed attack on the car of de facto Interior Minister Igor Naniyev. Reports that Inal Jabiyev’s death was allegedly caused by his beating and torture in solitary confinement were followed by protests. The de facto government resigned amid mass unrest, with several local militia members being held accountable, although de facto Prosecutor General Uruzmag Jagaev retained his position. His resignation e. წ. A majority of MPs are still in demand.
Two months ago, a protest rally organized by Inal Jabiev’s family in the center of Tskhinvali began demanding a fair investigation and the punishment of the accomplices in the murder.