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Siberian official in leaked audio scandal for allegedly calling flood victims ‘cattle’ and ‘tramps’

By The Siberian Times reporter
21 August 2019

Irina Alashkevich claims the file with derogatory comments was faked.

Irina Alashkevich, 44, head of the press service to Irkutsk region's governor

The glamorous head of the press service to Irkutsk region's governor shut her social media and went on leave following a media storm around the recording.

'These people, these tramps who came, you should have seen how they were dressed,” Alashkevech, 44 allegedly said referring to flood victims in devastated Tulun region who came to meet president Putin. 

‘He went there [and] they were ready to kiss the ground. These cattle were standing there, ready to wet themselves with happiness’, Alashkevich reportedly said referring to thousands of people who lost their houses and family members in one of the worst floods in region’s history. 

Describing people of Tulun as ‘tramps’, she allegedly went on saying the flood victims houses were anyway alike to stables. 

‘They sit in warmth, with warm toilets and clean beds, none of which they had in their stables’, the official said describing conditions in temporary housing. 

Siberian official in leaked audio scandal for allegedly calling flood victims ‘cattle’ and ‘tramps’


Siberian official in leaked audio scandal for allegedly calling flood victims ‘cattle’ and ‘tramps’


Siberian official in leaked audio scandal for allegedly calling flood victims ‘cattle’ and ‘tramps’

Twenty five people died, 750 were taken to hospitals, six are still missing in this summer’s floods in Irkutsk region


Alashkevich started work as head of regional press service in 2015. 

She was present while governor Sergey Levchenko hosted Vladimir Putin who came to check upon flood victims. It was during that trip that Putin demanded local authorities to treat people with more compassion and respect. 

The audio caused public outrage, with local and federal media running independent voice probes.

Earlier today federal REN TV published results of audio file analyses stating the voice was indeed Irina Alashkevich’s. 

Siberian official in leaked audio scandal for allegedly calling flood victims ‘cattle’ and ‘tramps’

Earlier today federal REN TV published results of audio file analyses stating the voice was indeed Irina Alashkevich’s


Local media also paid attention to the head of governor’s press office watch which they believed was $30.000 gold and diamond encrusted Marine Chronometer. 

Governor Sergei Levchenko had ordered expert analysis of the tape. 

Twenty five people died, 750 were taken to hospitals, six are still missing in this summer’s floods in Irkutsk region.

More than 11,000 households were affected, with thousands of houses completely destroyed.

Alashkevich was present while governor Sergey Levchenko hosted Vladimir Putin who came to check upon flood victims. It was during that trip that Putin demanded local authorities to treat people with more compassion and respect

Siberian official in leaked audio scandal for allegedly calling flood victims ‘cattle’ and ‘tramps’


Siberian official in leaked audio scandal for allegedly calling flood victims ‘cattle’ and ‘tramps’

Comments (1)

let her resign and do 1000 hours of community service. THERE were all these -cattle - came from and where all the -stables - stood. and every Blogger and -her - press service should report it, show it on TV ,every newspaper and bring it on every radio station. but for that it needs people with - cojones - and THAT one will hardly find in the local or district administration? for sure one will find it in the Kremlin! if and when needed, and that time is NOW!
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
22/08/2019 09:34
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