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Tiraspol - Moldova - Mafia in Uniform

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posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 12:58 AM
Russia Urged By US To Pull Out Of Transnistria

A group of US representatives are urging Russia to withdraw its troops, weapons and ammunition from Transnistria.

RIA Novosti: U.S. House submits draft urging Russia to pull out of Transdnestr

07/ 06/ 2007

A group of eight U.S. Representatives submitted a draft resolution Thursday urging Russia to withdraw its troops, weapons and ammunition from Moldova's breakaway province.


NATO countries have insisted on Russia's withdrawal from Transnestr and other post-Soviet regions as a condition for their ratifying the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty on arms reduction. NATO's reluctance to ratify the re-drafted the pact is a key source of tension between Russia and the Western security alliance.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Other Sources:
US proposes Russia to replace Russian peacekeepers in Transnistria with multinational forces

Related ATS Thread:
Russia Has Suspended The CFE

posted on Jun, 19 2007 @ 04:24 PM
Armed Militia Shut Down Polling Station in Moldova

Armed Transdniestrian militiamen shut down a polling station in Corjova (Dubasari) on June 17th. Citizens of Corjova were supposed to elect a mayor and a local council, but was prevented once again. Last election failed because Transdniestrian militia blocked the entrance to the polling station. The Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Ambassador Louis O'Neill, condemned the forced closure of the polling station.

Moldova OSCE Mission Head condemns forced closure of Corjova pollingstation


Early on 17 June, some 30 Transdniestrian militiamen forced their way into polling station 15/3 in Corjova (Dubasari) and closed it down. "Closing down a polling station by force is unacceptable," said Ambassador O'Neill.


We deeply regret that it was not possible to find such a solution and that Corjova voters were again deprived of their right to elect a mayor and a local council."


The Moldova authorities showed restraint by not bringing in additional forces to attempt to repel the Transdniestrian seizure of the voting place. Such a move could have driven events beyond control. Overall it was clear that neither side wished to further escalate this very difficult situation."

Sunday's poll was the second attempt to hold local elections in Corjova this year. The 3 June elections there were declared invalid because of low turn-out. Only 99 out of 1,350 voters managed to vote after Transdniestrian militia blocked the entrance to the polling station shortly after the polls opened.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

That's dermokrati in action...

posted on Jun, 19 2007 @ 05:11 PM

Here's some more on this latest incident. The Transnistrians apparently also cut power and phone services to the village. And Moldova's military command ordered evacuations of all civilians from the village.

Moldova and Transnistria police clash in ceasefire zone

18 Jun 2007

Uniformed and plain clothes Transnistrian police broke into the Korzhov voting centre - one of the few public buildings in the village - taking control of the structure early Sunday.

The Transnistrian law enforcers used clubs, boots, and fists to eject Moldovan election staff from the building, said Viktor Makrinsky, a Moldovan observer to the ceasefire zone.

More than 200 Transnistrian para-military reinforcements later arrived in the area, cutting power and telephone services to the village.


Moldova's military command then ordered the village evacuated of civilians - a move rarely seen during the 15 years of the ceasefire zone's generally peaceful existence.


Reports on Transnistria's state-controlled television blamed the incident on Moldova

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Of course, Tiraspol says that it was all Moldova's fault...

posted on Jun, 20 2007 @ 03:45 PM
Meeting in Tiraspol

The foreign ministers of Transnistria, South Ossetia and Abkhazia met in Tiraspol on June 15-16 to discuss military cooperation.

Civil Georgia: Secessionist Foreign Ministers Meet in Tiraspol


The foreign ministers of three unrecognized republics – Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transdnestria – meet in Tiraspol on June 15-16 to discuss cooperation, the Abkhaz news agency, Apsnipress, reported.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Interfax: Transdniestria, Abkhazia to develop defense cooperation

Jun 16, 2007

Transdniestria and Abkhazia are supposed to set up a permanent coordinating agency to promote military cooperation between them. The agreement also envisions continued cooperative efforts to build Abkhaz and Transdniestrian peacekeeping contingents within joint peacekeeping forces for the association For Democracy and Peoples' Rights, whose foundation Abkhazia, Transdniestria, and South Ossetia had announced about a year ago.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Related thread:
Abkhaz Leader Has Ordered Army To Sink Any Georgian Ships In Its Waters

posted on Jun, 20 2007 @ 04:47 PM
Russian "Peacekeepers" Obey Orders From Tiraspol

The Russian "peacekeepers" were passive during the incident in Corjova. And the Russians apparently also obeyed orders from a Transnistrian representative "without the officer's rank". Promo-Lex association condemns the actions of paramilitary forces from transnistrian region

19 June 2007

On June 17th 2007, hundreds of representatives of illegal bodies from the region devastated the voting section in Corjova village, Dubasari district, thus repeatedly hindering local elections process in this settlement. Devastation of the voting section was accompanied by concentration of special armed forces, kazaks and groups of persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs, use of force against constitutional law bodies, use of tear-gas, interdiction of mass media activity, threatening and intimidation of electors and disconnection of the territory from electricity.


The position of Russian Federation always corresponds with Tiraspol's position. Moreover, on June 17th 2007, a Russian Federation officer, in the presence of Promo-Lex and mass media representatives, obeyed the orders of a Transnistrian militia representative (without the officer's rank), a fact that proves the biased character of peacekeeping forces.

At the same time, must be mentioned the fact that the violent incidents from Corjova took place in the presence of Russian soldiers

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Is anybody reading this thread at all anymore?

posted on Jun, 20 2007 @ 07:03 PM
GUAM joint peacekeeping battalion

Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova are talking about creating a joint peacekeeping battalion, which can be deployed to "a particular crisis spot".

NRCU: Defense agencies of Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova already elaborated proposals for creation GUAM joint peacekeeping battalion


According to Defense Minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko, the battalion will operate in under the aegis of the OSCE or the UN and under the OSCE Security Council resolution is case the decision is ratified by Parliaments of the "Four" and international organizations.


Decision on the contingent's mission to a particular "crisis spot" will be adopted on the basis of a relevant mandate and with the consent of all parties.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Jun, 20 2007 @ 07:38 PM
Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublika

I'm adding this quote from a Moldova Azi article for those who are too "lazy" to read this whole thread.

Moldova Azi: Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublika – Terra Incognita

During the last 15 years, weapons were the strongest currency in the region. The 14th Army deposits and the production units founded during the time of the Soviet Union provided arms for all military conflicts in the Caucasians, the former Yugoslavia, in some African countries, or in Iraq.


The Mogilevich grouping and the Odessa grouping of Angert are only two examples of cells working on the Transnistrian territory. To these we can add diverse business connections with Solntsevo. Weapons trader Victor Bout didn’t stay away from this republic either. It is really interesting that in the area there came up as investors, people connecting the United States with Casa Nostra and similar groups from Israel. To all the above one can also add the very interests of some of the most important Russian bankers. At the beginning of the 90’s, the latter founded some financial colossus in the name of the former Communist Party and with the help of the secret service and of the army.

I recommend reading the whole article, but keep in mind that this is not the "full story". But you'll get an idea...

Btw, I would say: "provided arms for all military conflicts all over the world", and not only to Caucasia, former Yugoslavia, some African countries and Iraq...

posted on Jun, 23 2007 @ 04:20 PM
Tiraspol threatens Chisinau

Igor Smirnov is very angry about some new rules regarding declaring of raw material imports. He threatens with "a string of retaliation measures" against Chisinau, starting 1 July.

Also, the Russians are apparently going to unveil a new conflict settlement plan very soon. This plan seems to be against Tiraspol's wishes, so Smirnov might try to stir up some trouble...


Jun. 23, 2007

Smirnov threatened Chisinau to take a string of „retaliation measures” against it starting 1 July, when the Moldovan governmental decision compelling Transnistrian economic agents into declaring imports to Chisinau enters into force. Although, earlier, the Chisinau authorities have repeatedly explained that the concerned document covers only row material and material imported to produce goods meant for export (which is in line with the international norms), Smirnov has again used syntagms such as “blockade”, “economic pressures” and even “robbery of the Transnistrian people”.


Presenting the new rules of import of row material as another „scarecrow”, the official media outlets is making use of the patriotic rhetoric, calling on Transnistrians “to strengthen around their president in order to cope with the new external danger”.


Lately, the press has spread information that in late June, Russia is going to unveil a new Transnistrian conflict settlement plan. Since the settlement of the conflict mismatches Smirnov’s plans, he will keep on worsening the situation in order to unleash a large-scale clash between Chisinau and Tiraspol in order to postpone again the settlement of the issue.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Jul, 1 2007 @ 12:09 AM

Originally posted by Hellmutt

He threatens with "a string of retaliation measures" against Chisinau, starting 1 July.

July 1 is now. War has just started in Georgia. Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, is being intensively shelled. Abkhazia has said it might give military assistance to South Ossetia. Tiraspol has previously said it will help South Ossetia as well. Will the war in South Ossetia spread to Abkhazia and Transdniestr? How will Russia respond to this?

posted on Jul, 8 2007 @ 10:11 PM

Originally posted by Hellmutt

Moldova Azi: Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublika – Terra Incognita

From that article. Some interesting names...

We discovered a few important groups that were running business activities in the separatist republic. We shall enumerate them, details to be provided later on. First place should go to the groups represented by Alisher Usmanov, a Russian oligarch; then there are the business men connected to Semion Mogilevich, the head of Russian mafia, or to Gafur Rachimov and Serghei Michailov; then we have the business joint activities of Peter Poroshenko, the former head of the Ukrainian Security Council and defense secretary of President Yushcenko; then we also have the trusts Dynamo, SMART Group and PRIVAT Group, all controlled by Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs: Anatoli Ciubais (former Vice Prime Minister, finance minister and Prime Minister), Michail Kasianov (former Primer Minister) and Victor Cernomirdin (former Prime Minister), but we have also identified two key companies in the European organized crime groups: Gazprom and RAO EES, the Russian energetic giant.

Another interesting detail:

But if Transnistria became the territory of a recognized country, the larger majority of the local political elite would have to leave the region because of the frauds and, in some cases, murders they committed.

They prefer the situation as it is now...

Btw, it should be noted that this article is from July 11, 2006.

posted on Jul, 13 2007 @ 02:25 PM
EU Parliament Condemning Tiraspol

Today on Friday 13th, The EU adopted a resolution condemning "severe and widespread" rights violations in Transnistria. There are calls for a rapid settlement of the 'frozen conflict'. The Tiraspol regime is illegal.

The Journal of Turkish Weekly News - Transdniester Rights Violations Slamed by EU Parliament

Friday , 13 July 2007

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning "severe and widespread" rights violations committed by the authorities in Moldova's breakaway region of Transdniester.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.


we call for a rapid settlement of the 'frozen conflict' in that region, pointing out, adamantly, that the territorial integrity of Moldova must never be put in doubt and that the regime in Tiraspol is illegal and unrecognized, and so it will remain in our eyes and in our decisions."

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Jul, 14 2007 @ 01:37 PM
Russia Quits CFE

Russia Pulls Out of European Arms Control Treaty (by djohnsto77)

Russia Has Suspended The CFE (by Hellmutt)


Kommersant: Transdniestria Spends Gazprom's Money Again

July 13, 2007

The total debt of Transdniestria for Russian natural gas is $1.3 billion. Gazprom has turned that debt over to OOO Factoring Finance. Tiraspol has made it clear that it does not intend to pay that debt. “Transdniestria has no legal debt,” Smirnov stated in March. “There was never an agreement signed with Gazprom. AO Moldova-gaz signed an agreement. Fifteen percent of the stock used to belong to Transdniestria, but then Transdniestria gas structures left the Moldovan association. So now let Moldova deal with it.”

That angered Moscow so much that rumors began to circulate in the press that the Kremlin was getting ready to replace Smirnov.

Kremlin ready to replace Smirnov...?

posted on Jul, 21 2007 @ 10:32 PM
15th Anniversary of Ceasefire

On July 21st (yesterday), it was 15 years ago since Russia and Moldova signed a ceasefire. The conflict has been frozen ever since.

BBC: Dniester conflict frozen after 15 years

Fifteen years ago Russia and Moldova signed a ceasefire ending the civil war in Moldova's region of Trans-Dniester.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Alexander Lebed

Photo: Nicolae Pojoga

Wikipedia: Alexander Lebed

On September 7, 1997, a story broke in which Lebed alleged during an interview with the TV newsmagazine Sixty Minutes that a hundred of Soviet-made suitcase-sized nuclear weapons designed for sabotage "are not under the control of the armed forces of Russia".

posted on Aug, 8 2007 @ 10:29 AM
I wonder if that is to mean they have been sold, via black market. Or if he is giving the people who may be interested a heads up to potential threats abroad...perhaps both.

Notice the recent activity in this threat: China threatens 'nuclear option'
I doubt China could find a use for compact nukes.

Did another search on the subject matter, found some items of interest. Seems this new interest of every ones has more merit to it than most may have realised, exept for the threat author of course. Who was right on top of things.

A few of the following linked sources are PDF heavy docs.

Moldova sends more soldiers to Iraq

Nations in Transit 2001: Country Report of Moldova

Nations in Transit 2002: Country Report of Moldova

Moldova Government The World Bank is helping tackle Moldova's public sector challenges

Investment Climate Assessment Moldova Investment Climate Assessment

A synthesis report: Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Nepal and Sri Lanka, generational change in power in Tiraspol.

search source

[edit on 8-8-2007 by ADVISOR]

posted on Aug, 8 2007 @ 08:59 PM

Just be aware of the fact that Tiraspol Times is a part of Tiraspol's propaganda machinery. They show up frequently on Google News, but not on MSN News or Yahoo News.

posted on Aug, 11 2007 @ 03:00 AM

Originally posted by Ulvetann
This is interesting news.
I have often heard the name Moldova, but never catched anything about it. I knew it was an old sovjetstate, but nothing more.
And it's geographical placement of the country is truly right in the middle of no-mansland...

-no pun intended towards the intelligensia of the nearby countries that read this...

That would be the most perfect terroriststate, wouldn't it? All those weapons, and no interference from their neighbours. Why don't Bush&Putin bomb this place up, they are already so good at it in Afghanistan and Iraq? Because of nukes?

Edited some of those dumb spelling-thingies

[edit on 15-4-2005 by Ulvetann]

Moldova cannot be a terrorist state, the majority there are of Christian faith and speak romanian, Moldova was a part of Romania until 1940 when Russia occupied it.
After 1990 Moldova became independent. They have a corrupt leadership that likes being in power and do not want to give it up and unite with Romania
But Transnistria the little place in the corner with the city Tiraspol did not like that the URSS disappeared , they separated from Moldova and started a little war. Now they want to be a part of Russia I think
"They" I mean the ones in power there, I don't think the population has anything to say

[edit on 11-8-2007 by pai mei]

posted on Aug, 30 2007 @ 04:04 PM
Gazprom, Russian Security Services and Mogilevich

In a recent article from Kyiv Post, quoting sources from Western law enforcement and intelligence agencies, there are suspected relations between Mogilevich, Russian security services and Gazprom...

Kyiv Post: Crime, geopolitics and the Black Sea

Aug 29 2007

Gazprom’s character is not only illustrated by its consideration to supply illegitimate Trans-Dniester with gas supplies separately from Moldova. Western law enforcement and intelligence agencies have suspected relations between Gazprom, Russian security services and companies linked to [Ukrainian-born – Ed. note] Semyon Mogilevich, [an alleged mobster wanted by the FBI on money-laundering and racketeering charges – Ed. note].

A [Ukrainian State Security Service – Ed. Note] SBU spokesperson stated: “The probe is part of a broader investigation into suspected money-laundering, smuggling and tax evasion stemming from the Turkmen gas trade.”

The US Justice Department identified Mogilevich as the leader of over 300 criminals, operating in more than 30 countries, involved in murder, extortion, trafficking in women for prostitution, smuggling, money-laundering, and bank and securities fraud and, in numerous countries, the corruption of public officials.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

We already knew this, but it's interesting to see it mentioned in mainstream media. This is only the tip of the ice-berg. Mogilevich's weapons trafficking and sales of Uranium (and suitcase nukes?) to Bin Laden and North Korea, and other things, are not mentioned here...

posted on Sep, 11 2007 @ 07:14 PM
Transnistria - Europe's Black Hole

Here are four videos about Europe's black hole. Parts 1-4.





posted on Sep, 11 2007 @ 08:55 PM
Transnistria Trafficking Arms

Here's a documentary on Transnistria's arms trafficking. The video is split into 5 parts. At the beginning of part 3, you'll see Aleksander Lebed telling about the more than 100 missing suitcase nukes from Tiraspol. There's also some behind the stage scenes from the Sunday Times' Alazan rocket deal (radioactive rockets - dirty bombs) from Tiraspol. Very interesting.






posted on Sep, 13 2007 @ 07:01 PM
Did you see Lebed at 60 minutes at the beginning of video no.3 posted above? If you haven't seen it already, please have a look.


Tiraspol doesn't want the GUAM states (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) to discuss "frozen conflicts" at the general assembly of UNO. They seem to be concerned about them getting support and mandate for "starting military actions" against Tiraspol.

The leaders from Tiraspol do not want UNO to discuss upon frozen conflicts

13 September 2007

The so-called deputy minister of foreign affairs from Tiraspol, Vladimir Iastrebceak, asserts that the countries from GUAM want to impose the world community their own opinion regarding the self-determined states, obtain UNO’s support and even the application of some punishments and mandate for starting some military actions.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

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