Female deputy leading campaign against Karachay-Cherkess government that buys cars with budget money

Female deputy leading campaign against Karachay-Cherkess government that buys cars with budget money
Alina Chikatueva

Rashid Temrezov will see to it that Alina Chikatueva loses her deputy seat.

Amid the high-profile allegations against the Karachay-Cherkess senator, Rauf Arashukov, and his father, a new scandal is unfolding in the republic. This time it is the head of the region, Rashid Temrezov, whose career is jeopardized. According to some reports, he is already in trouble with the security forces running checks on him and possible searches.

Meanwhile, there is a massive online support for Alina Chikatueva, a 27-year-old deputy from Cherkessk, who opposes Temrezov. The region head vows he will see to it that Alina Chikatueva loses her deputy seat, because she allegedly understated several accounts in her declaration. In fact, according to Chikatueva, her problems began after she stood up for a family with many children.

The parliamentarian tried to prove to the officials that a single mother with nine children needs support rather than her kids taken away from her. Chikatueva went as far as speak on a government channel to raise awareness, but the officials got reprimanded for publicity while the children remained in the orphanage.

After that, the deputy found out that the republic head went to court demanding that she loses her seat.

 “He wants me out. Nobody told me. They must hope that I miss it, don’t show up in court, and they make a decision without me; of course, not in my favor. Because (and everyone knows that) it is the region head’s brother, Teimuraz Temrezov, who runs the city court, and all the judges are under him; of course, he would not go against his brother’s will,” the woman said in a comment to MK.

However, the deputy is not going to give up. She has already started a new campaign: she wants schools to cancel a fee for security guards that is being taken from the parents, while by law, it should be allocated from the government.

 “But the officials wouldn’t listen. In the end, we did stand up for our case. Today, at a city duma meeting, I raised the subject of three new expensive cars purchased by some high-ranking officials of the city mayor's office with budget money. All this was done behind the back of deputies,” says Chikatueva.

She wants the cars to be returned to the car dealership, and the money to the budget.

 “We have no money for children from dysfunctional families, but we do have some for luxury cars. I believe this is wrong. I will fight. I see now how hard it can be for a woman when a man with power and money gets back on her,” she said.

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