TSKHINVAL, February 10 (Itar-Tass) - The Former South Ossetian presidential candidate Alla Dzhioyeva remains in the republican somatic hospital in the republic’s capital. Her ward is guarded by police. Her condition has somewhat stabilised, but the South Ossetian doctors have requested assistance from their Russian colleagues, who are currently going to the republic, the hospital representatives said.
Dzhioyeva was hospitalised with a diagnosis “hypertensive crisis.” She felt unwell during a conversation with the investigator who came to her headquarters on Thursday serving a writ on her to come to the Prosecutor General’s Office for giving witness testimony in a criminal case opened on attempted seizure of the buildings of the republic’s bodies of executive authority in late 2011, the South Ossetian Prosecutor General's Office said.
The republic’s Interior Ministry for its part denied reports that physical force was used against Dzhioyeva. According to South Ossetia’s Interior Minister Valery Valiyev, “We categorically deny the circulated rumours that Dzhioyeva was allegedly hit on the head with a rifle butt, which allegedly caused an internal haemorrhage.” He drew attention to the fact that the doctors who conducted the initial examination when Dzhioyeva was admitted to the republican hospital, also found no bodily injury.
The minister said that all the Interior Ministry’s actions to ensure law and order are at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of South Ossetia.
However, representatives of Dzhioyeva’s entourage said that the cause of the South Ossetian ex-presidential candidate’s health deterioration and hypertensive crisis was her conversation with the head coach of Russia’s freestyle wrestling team Dzhambolat Tedeyev, who advised her to refuse from the inauguration, which she had planned on Friday.
“Before the law enforcement officials came to her headquarters she had a telephone conversation with Tedeyev who strongly advised her to give up the idea of holding the inauguration tomorrow, and urged her to stop splitting the society,” the sources said.
“He then made an ultimatum demand to her to vacate the headquarters that is located in his house,” Dzhioyeva’s entourage sources added. “After this conversation she started feeling bad and was hospitalised at the republican hospital with a hypertensive crisis,” according to the sources.
On November 27, 2011 South Ossetia held a second round of presidential elections, for which Emergency Situations Minister Anatoly Bibilov and former Education Minister Alla Dzhioyeva qualified. Based on a complaint filed by the Unity Party the republic’s Supreme Court annulled the election results. Disagreeing with this decision, Dzhioyeva declared herself president-elect, and her supporters occupied the central square of Tskhinval. The protest lasted until the evening on December 9, when then incumbent South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity and Dzhioyeva reached an agreement to settle the situation in the country. The next day, Kokoity stepped down and handed over the authority to Prime Minister Vadim Brovtsev.
On January 18, Dzhioyeva said that due to the fact that not all points of the agreement are fulfilled she withdraws her signature under it, and later said that she would not participate in the re-election of the republic’s head and demanded the transfer of power to her as a legitimately elected president, setting her inauguration date for February 10.
On Thursday, a mass rally under the slogan “March 25 elections - path to prosperity and stability” organised by the Public Chamber of the republic was held in Tskhinval. According to the Interior Ministry, more than 4,000 people participated in the action.