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Tiraspol - Moldova - Mafia in Uniform

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posted on Jan, 13 2006 @ 05:23 PM
The Transdniestrian administration has upped their fees, for those interested in crossing their border.
Since Russians and Ukranians are supporting the outbreakers, they are obliged not to pay any taxes. The fee is being increased by 0,6 $ from 1st. of January 2006. Perhaps not much for a person foreign to Moldavian economics, but I believe the local hapless schoolteacher has gotten a greater problem, if in need to cross their border to get to work.

I believe it is also bothersome for Moldavian industry. Since Tiraspol 'invented' this tax, they have sheriff'd the Moldovians for 722,000 dollars! So far!

In Scandinavia, and other places, this fee directly aimed at the Moldovians, would be deemed as racial and discriminating in any court.

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posted on Jan, 21 2006 @ 06:07 AM
This is quite interesting. I guess we will find out what happens after the 25th...

RosBusinessConsulting: Transnistria may curtail conflict settlement negotiations with Moldova


Transnistria may curtail negotiations with Moldova on the Transnistrian conflict settlement due to economic pressure applied by Moldova against the republic, President of the breakaway Transnistrian Republic Igor Smirnov told journalists. The President referred to Moldova's new cargo transit regulations, effective January 25, according to which all Transnistrian goods passing the Moldovan-Ukrainian border have to go through customs registration in Moldova. Tiraspol's possible moves on the matter will be made known after January 25.

posted on Jan, 21 2006 @ 12:01 PM
Aye, Mr. Smirnov seem to have a temper tantrum, too.
Yesterday, he talked to some journalists, and he bluntly said;

"The decision taken by the Moldovan authorities is another attempt
by Chisinau to trespass on Transdniestria property. How could
negotiations continue in such a light?"

"No negotiations are possible under economic or any other form of

Mr. Smirnov also tried to drag Ukraine into the tarpit, by stating that Moldova is trying to decieve Ukraine by implementing this new 'transit regime'. (The transit of goods manufactured in Transdniestria, to Ukraine, Belarus ans Russia.)
Mr. Smirnov, imo, lost some face in this statement, when The Ukranian Prime Minister himself stated;

"This has nothing to do with additional difficulties for Transdniestria or with a blockade. There will be no problems or additional payments, one will have to pay only for customs services."

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Imho, I think some of these participants in question through these postings in this thread, should cut down on vodkashots from water-glasses, I have no fancy scholarship in medicinal studies, but if I am not completely wrong, alcohol can be an inducer to bad temper, short time memory, stress, healthproblems, bad relationships, financial troubles and utter lonelyness. I am optimistic of Smirnovs future, if he should cut down on booze. (Last sentence was a tad sarcastic...)
Model in picture is not affiliated to Mr. Smirnov, or his tantrums in any way, nor has the model been induced to have a tantrum by alcohol, only lack of sugar.

posted on Jan, 24 2006 @ 09:48 PM
I just found this. It´s very interesting, check it out. A basic learning to "forgotten wars".

Basic Learning: Forgotten Wars (Soj)


Country: Moldova

Combatants: Gov't vs. Transdniester

Current Status: Frozen, with occasional troop build-ups along the border

Reason for Conflict: Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the region of Transdniestr declared independence. The majority of Moldova is populated by Moldovan-speaking people, virtually identical to ethnic Romanians and speaking a virtually identical language. Transdniestr is ethnic populated by Russians and Ukrainians.


Click the link to see the full version with the rest of the details...

posted on Jan, 26 2006 @ 10:53 PM

Son of the Moldavian president, Oleg Voronin is missing, hints the Moldavian Timpul newspaper.

The day before yesterday the president’s son, one of the most prominent businessmen in the country, departed to Moscow guided by his bodyguards and disappeared.

Yessir, strange goings on there I'll tell ya.

posted on Jan, 27 2006 @ 07:30 AM
Wow, thanks for the update! I have missed out on that one.

This is very, very interesting.
Especially regarding the new 'peace-talks'/negotiations going on, between Tiraspol and Chisinau right now.

Up towards the meeting, the strain between Voronin and Smirnov, has definitely not improved.

During the last talks, Tiraspol agreed to make a report, on the number of armed formations in Transdniestria and their weaponry.
At that time the negotiators from Transdniestria said they weren't qualified to take on such an task, so they were promised to get assistance from Russia, to compile the report. The Moldovan Reintegration Minister
Vasile Sova said that this has not been done. Although some of the mediators and observers are active, he continues to say that they are lacking real commitment from Tiraspol, to reach a compromise.

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These meetings being held now, are very, very, complicated and frustrating for all parts.

This round has focused on establishing procedures for goods to move in and out of the region, a sliver of land on the east bank of the Dnestr River, with the approval of Moldovan customs.

Romanian-speaking Moldova says the measure will curtail rampant smuggling. Authorities in Dnestr, which enjoys no international recognition, say it amounts to an economic blockade.

The last round of the talks in December ended in failure. Negotiators had been trying to clinch agreement on sending a mission to Dnestr to investigate how to hold a free election.

The United States voiced frustration this week, saying stalemate had "retarded economic development in the region and prevented the people of Moldova ... from enjoying real peace.

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A missing son, could give 'someone' a leverage during negotiations of this magnitude, as it is in this case. It is also so horribly old-fashioned and cowardly to act, with a kidnapping, when You KNOW you are loosing the game.

[edit on 27-1-2006 by Ulvetann]

posted on Jan, 29 2006 @ 05:08 PM
There has now been 2 days of talk in Moldova, and OSCEs head-honcho says, that the parts are far apart on all issues... I am not surprised, and wouldn't even call it news.

"Unfortunately, none of the issues was solved, because everything is postponed under the alleged reason that different task forces or missions are created in the Transnistrian region"

Didn't I once say that the election would prolong, rather than procure a solution to Moldovas problem?

Next meeting(s) are to be held the 27th. and 28th. of February. First day in Chisnau, and the second day in Tiraspol.

I wonder if they would waste less time, having this #¤%& meeting in one place. What is up with these childish games politicians are playing? "We played at your house yesterday! To day, you'll have to come over to me. My mama says I can't be out tonight." -Do I have to post the picture of a kid with a tantrum again? Sheesh.

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posted on Feb, 13 2006 @ 04:54 PM
Seems like they failed to agree on the position of a new peacekeeping post near a power station in Transnistria. Moldova call this place a "point of tension" but their proposal to set up a new peacekeeping post was turned down. Transnistria apparently don´t want any Moldovan policemen to come there. A step which would be ok if Transnistria was an independent country of its own and not a part of Moldova...


February 13, 2006

The Moldovan, Russian, Ukrainian and Transnistrian commanders in the peacekeeping forces' joint military command have failed to agree on the position of a new peacekeeping post on the dam of the Dubasari power station.

A Chisinau representative in the joint military command, Victor Macrinschi, has told MOLDPRES that the participants in a today's meeting of the joint military command, turned down the Moldovan side's proposal to set the peacekeeping post in place of the metallic fence, which the Transnistrian power wielding structures illegally installed on the dam on 31 January. Macrinschi specified that once the peacekeeping post is set up in this "point of tension", the post of the Transnistrian militiamen, who hinder people's free circulation in the security zone, will be removed.

The decision to set a new post of the peacekeeping forces was taken at a JCC extraordinary meeting on 9 February, when the Transnistrian representatives in the commission committed to take adequate measures not to hinder people's and Moldovan policemen's movement across the dam of the Dubasari power station.

posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 07:45 AM
So, today the fourth round of Dniester talks have started!

The negotiators program is practically identical with that of the talks in January, where they came nowhere. – Economic problems between Moldova and the breakaway region, prospects for the monitoring mission in the Dniester region, monitoring of military enterprises in the area and exchange of military information.

Already on Sunday, the russian delegation chief and Ambassador at large, Valery Nesterushkin, said that he did not expect a breakthrough in the near future.

How about some positive thinking, already?

The Speaker of the parliament of the self-proclaimed republic, Yevgeny Shevchuk told reporters today, that Dniester region authorities will hold a referendum on independence if the international community makes a final decision on recognizing Kosovo an independent province.

All we needed right now, Having the Tiraspol Mafia dragging another wartorn countries into their chaotic mess, using them as a example and excuse to have Transniestria become a formalized State of 'legalized' crime.
*Whine*He got one, I want one too!*Whine some more*

In Shevchuk's view, the solution of the Kosovo problem will create an international precedent for other self-proclaimed states in the post-Soviet territory - Nagorno Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which can obtain similar international recognition.

This last statement puzzles me somewhat. So far, the Tiraspol Mafia, has seemingly had a bottomless support from the russians. Sitting on the fence and observing, I can't say that I have noticed any willingness from Putins side, to 'liberate' neither Nagorno Karabakh, Abkhazia, nor South Ossetia, at all! Has Shevchuk picked up the wrong chess-piece now? Is he soon to realize, that he can't undo the move he has started? Is this folly statement in the beginning of a 'summit' the end of the support from Putin?

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posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 01:44 PM
"Moscow is preparing for war

The erruption of a bloody conflict in South Ossetia could only be avoided by raising 5-6 times the number of peacekeepers in the region, considers the Russian military expert general Iuri Netkacev,a former commander of the 14th army in Transdneastr.
Netkacev declared to “Eho Moscvii” that he has information according to which Georgian troops are already carrying out reconnaissance missions in the area.
Meanwhile, one of the members of the defense commission of the State Duma, Nikolai Bezborov considers that there is no need to increase the number of peacekeepers, only to complete their number .He declared that all three peacekeeping battalions (russian, ossetine and georgian) should be supplemented with 300 troops. The Russian MP mentioned that, according to the status, the number of troops can reach 1500, therefore an increase in personnel would not represent a breach of earlier agreements.
The leadership of South Ossetia declared itself fully prepared for any possible war, and the authorities of Abkhazia, Transdneastr, along with the chieftains of the Kuban and Stavropol Cossacks announced their support and willingness to give military help to Ossetia. "

Translated from

Sounds great.

posted on Feb, 28 2006 @ 06:53 PM
That´s very interesting taseg. If a civil war breaks out in Georgia then it seems like Tiraspol will support South Ossetia and Abkhazia and probably supply them with weapons. That article appear to be in Romanian. It´s great that you could translate it for us

I just found this article from today:

Moldova Azi: A French Reporter Makes Statements About the Armament in Transnistria

February 28 2006

The gunstock in Cobasna is still the biggest gunstock and ammunitions in Europe, results of the investigation made by a Frecn reporter for a year and a half in Transnistrian separatist region. The ammunitions are stocked in the open air and it is sufficient a mistake and everything blows, Xavier Deleu reported about this for the radio Radio France International, according to Romanian newspaper Gandul.

The guns and ammunitions of Cobasna bring huge profits to those who sell them and fly through the volatile frontiers with Ukraine to the whole world and even to African countries. The separatists even have "dirty bombs" - "in fact changed anti-hail rockets ", in their composition being introduced radioactive substances, French reporter said. Such a bomb can be bought in Tiraspol, at a price of 200,000 dollars per unit, an insignificant amount for the damages caused by a kilogram of this substance in a European metropolis as Paris or London.

French reporter also reminds about the sudden change of attitude of the president of Moldova, Vladimir Voronin, who stated, a while ago, "He has proofs about the gun and that separatists sent guns to Saddam Hussein"

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

This "sudden change of attitude" of Voronin, could it be because his son was kidnapped perhaps?

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War In Nagorno Karabakh Can Start At Any Moment (Azerbaijan/Armenia conflict)

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WAR: Radioactive Rockets 'For Sale' To Terrorists (radioactive Alazan rockets for sale in Tiraspol)

WAR: Global Arms - Trafficking Network Designated by US (Viktor Bout - "The Merchant of Death")

[edit on 2006/2/28 by Hellmutt]

posted on Mar, 1 2006 @ 07:59 AM

Originally posted by Hellmutt
This "sudden change of attitude" of Voronin, could it be because his son was kidnapped perhaps?

Well, that would indeed fit the glove. Without jumping to conclusions too fast, it seems that something similar has happened to the Moldovan delegation head, Minister of Country Reintegration Vasile Sova!

He has, remarkably, quitted the negotiation table!

Moldova has sent a written message to the heads of the delegations of the OSCE, Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States proposing to continue the present round of talks on March 7.

The message was signed by the Moldovan delegation head, Minister of Country Reintegration Vasile Sova who quitted, all of a sudden, the negotiation table in Tiraspol on Tuesday. The document contained concern over the absence of whatever progress in the provision of a free movement of people and cargoes in the Transnistria Security Zone. Sova called upon the negotiation participants to concentrate on this problem in the light of an approaching spring field season.

Upon leaving the negotiation room, Vasile Sova refused to tell anything to the journalists waiting in the corridor, and went to Chisinau. Two hours later, the said Moldovan delegation's appeal, signed by Sova, was made public. It stated, in particular, that the Moldovan side remains adherent to finding adequate solutions to all questions, and stands ready to continue consultations on them in the nearest days.

The talks came to a total standstill, and not even a final protocol was signed.

Again, the tension blossomed regarding some farmland Transdnestria claim is theirs (so they can get rent and taxes for any crop-output). Aprox. 8000 hectar on Moldovas side of the river that makes the boundry of Moldova/Transdnestria, are now uncultivated since 2004, due to this bureaucratical brawl.

The onset of the farmland dispute between the two sides dates back to 2004, when Tiraspol stated that the Dorotcaia Village's fields, situated behind the Dubossary-Tiraspol highway, are under the Transnistria's jurisdiction. Back then Tiraspol insisted that the Dorotcaia farmers should pay rent for their lands and export taxes for their crops. The disputed 8,000 hectares of farmlands have since been uncultivated. Transnistria claims that the annual crops from these lands are worth between $1.5 and $3 million, and that taking it to Moldova inflicts serious damage to the Transnistrian economy, hence the decision to introduce taxes and customs control.

I guess, it is still an open question, to wether there will be peace and cooperation, or not...

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[edit on 1-3-2006 by Ulvetann]

posted on Mar, 3 2006 @ 07:21 PM
A political prisoner in Tiraspol goes on a hunger strike. He is protesting the brutal treatment he gets there. He has spent 14 years as a political prisoner in Tiraspol.

Moldova Azi: Tiraspol Political Prisoner Ivantoc Goes on Hunger Strike

March 3 2006

Andrei Ivantoc, a Tiraspol political prisoner, has announced a time-unlimited hunger strike in protest against the inhuman, brutal treatment of him by the prison administration.

The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already expressed concern about the decision by Ivantoc to go on hunger strike. The Ministry said the international community should undertake efforts to ensure the observance of elementary human rights of Tiraspol's political prisoners and of the ECHR decisions. Andrei Ivantoc and Tudor Petrov-Popa have been serving sentences in the Tiraspol prison since 1992.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

ECHR = European Court of Human Rights

posted on Mar, 4 2006 @ 06:29 PM
From March 3rd, Tiraspol cannot get their weap... erh.. I mean "goods" through the customs in Ukraine without the presence of Moldovan customs officers. In return Tiraspol will now no longer allow transit of Moldovan goods through Trans-dniestr into Ukraine or Russia.


04.03.2006 21:28 (GMT)

Pavlenko has reminded, that economy of Transniestr 'keeps basically on export'. However now Transniestrian cargoes cannot cross border with Ukraine as customs officers of the neighbouring country do not pass them because of absence of the Moldavian customs maintenance. For this reason Transniestr is left in absolute economic isolation, Pavlenko has said.

In its turn, Transniestr from now on, on March 4, has stopped letting through the border the goods and the cargoes following in the region from Moldova, or through Transniestr to Ukraine and Russia. RBC news service got from the informed circles at the Transniestrian administration that these measures are only some of the moves directed to reach the break of the of economic blockade of Transniestr initiated by Moldova and launched on March, 3. Ukraine has established a new order of crossing the Moldovan-Ukrainian border by the Transnistrian cargos, that envisages presence of maintenance of Moldovan customs service from March 3, 2006.

posted on Mar, 5 2006 @ 03:59 PM
Tiraspol is jumping up and down in frustration now over this new customs rule. They´re behaving as if they are an independent state (which they´re not) and they don´t want any nosy Moldavians checking their goods. They´re now (as always) trying to paint a picture of Moldova as a big bad wolf inflicting massive economic damage to Ukraine and Russia, ...and of course Transnistria.

RIA Novosti: Ukraine's new customs rules to hit Russia, Transdnestr republic

05/ 03/ 2006

According to Vasily Kozhan, the president of the Transdnestr Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Ukraine annually exports more than $200 million worth of goods to the Transdnestr republic and now this flow will be curtailed, resulting in direct losses for Ukraine. He said the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa would also be affected because many goods from the Transdnestr region, in particular, the products of the Moldovan Pipe Works, were largely delivered to foreign countries by sea.

"Russia will also sustain losses because it supplies goods worth about $200 million to the Transdnestr republic via Ukraine and receives products worth about the same amount from Transdnestr," Kozhan said. "Largely speaking, Moldova is trying through Ukraine to solve political tasks and establish full control over the exports and imports of our republic. This is unacceptable," Kozhan said.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

"Our republic"!? Technically Transnistria is still Moldova. Naturally they want control over the export and imports. Sounds acceptable to me... Neener neener

posted on Mar, 6 2006 @ 10:22 AM
This is interesting. Light arms, machine guns, ammunition, anti-tank missiles and portable anti-aircraft rockets from Tiraspol to Hezbollah. Transfers via Bulgaria, Armenia and Abkhazia...

Dangerous liaisons: covert ''love affair" between Russia and Hezbollah (Axis News)

Following the collapse of the USSR, the local Russian leaders declared the independence of the republic, counting on becoming a part of Russia. Moscow's covert support of the separatists led to the armed confrontation with the Moldavians. When the war ended, Russia's position and influence on local leaders remained, as did the deployed Russian forces in the region. Yet as a result of the battles, all the economic infrastructure in the Republic of Pridnestrovie was demolished, except the military industry built in the Soviet era, which became the main source of profit for this separatist district.
A high-ranking MJI delegation came to Pridnestrovie in 1997 in the guise of "Lebanese merchants". They visited the "Elektromash" plant in Tiraspol and the "Pribor" factory, being accompanied by the representatives of the "Sheriff" – the exclusive local arms company, which belongs to the son of Vladimir Smirnov - the President of Pridnestrovie at that time. He personally authorized the deal selling light arms, machine guns, ammunition, anti-tank missiles and portable anti-aircraft rockets to Hezbollah`s emissaries. The MJI network provided logistical support for transfers of this weaponry via Bulgaria, Armenia and Abkhazia (another Moscow- backed separatist region in Caucasus).

And check this out. From the same page:

In January, 2005, Israeli security sources expressed anxiety following the upcoming deal between Russia and Syria on delivery of "Igla" missiles to Damascus.

Take a look at this ATS Thread: Moskva secretly visits Syrian port, snubs USN (by JamesinOz)

posted on Mar, 7 2006 @ 05:12 AM
The "President" of Trans-dniestr, Igor Smirnov, has just announced that Tiraspol no longer want to negotiate. He paints a picture of Tiraspol more than willing to talk if it weren´t for "those damn Ukrainians" who are siding with "the enemy" - Moldova...

RIA Novosti: Transdnestr negotiations cancelled due to circumstances - leader

07/ 03/ 2006

The president of Moldova's breakaway Transdnestr region said Tuesday that there is no point in holding mediation talks given the current impasse surrounding imports into the region from Ukraine.

"In these circumstances the talks are cancelled," Smirnov said.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Interfax: Transdniestria to back out of settlement talks - Smirnov

Mar 7 2006

"Negotiations become totally pointless amid an economic blockade and pressure put on Transdniestria. We consider such talks useless. Transdniestria has repeatedly announced its readiness for level talks, free of any pressure," Smirnov said in a televised address on Tuesday.

"Tiraspol is prepared to cooperate with the talks brokers and show the real situation. But it is difficult to expect fruitful talks since Ukraine, one of the mediators and guarantors, has openly sided with Moldova," he said.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Mar, 7 2006 @ 07:01 AM
Great news, actually!

The 'talks' has never been fruitful anyway, and imho, it has been/is, more or less stupid, to negotiate with brutal, corrupt, criminals, terrorists, and producers of illegal weaponry, thieves, smugglers, kidnappers and killers. They are in no sense a true political voice, but destructive noise, suppressing the development of a underdeveloped country (Moldova), that tries to adapt themselves to a greater society, i.e. Europe. Transdniestr, or should i merely say, Smirnov, on the contrair, is trying his best, in a utterly selfish way, to become a old-school communistic dictator based on crime! There is imho no reason to try to cuddle him. That is only one of his ways to stall progress. He knows, the longer it takes to find a solution, the harder it is to make it beneficial for Moldova. He is definitly not doing this for a greater cause for any of his 'people', but himself.

posted on Mar, 12 2006 @ 03:41 AM
Seems like Voronin found his voice again. He spoke on the National Moldova TV channel about missile launchers, thousands of mortar units and hundreds of thousands of automatic machine rifles being produced in Trans-Dniestr every year.

Axis News: Transnistrian authorities afraid of weapons smuggling facts to come in the light -- President of Moldova.

11.03.2006 21:03 (GMT)

President of Moldova Vladimir Voronin considers that the authorities of Transnistria are speaking about “economic blockade” of the region being afraid of eventual baring the truth about the facts of trade and smuggling of weaponry that may come in the light as one of the results of the new regime of cargoe movement, RBC (Russian Business Consulting) agency reports. Speaking on the National Moldova TV channel, Voronin underlined that the authorities of breakaway Transnistria are willing to privatise 464 kilometres of Moldovan-Ukrainiaan border (its Transnistrian part) and they do not bear any control over them. Voronin also said that 20-24 missile launchers Grad, thousands of mortar units Vasilek and hundreds of thousands of AKM automatic machine rifles are being produced in Transnistria every year, RBC writes. “Where does all this armament disappears? How does it vanishes into air?”, Voronin asked.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 11:07 PM
Ex Prime Minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko, said today that she tried to stop the smuggling from Transnistria when she was in office. She also revealed that the smuggling (which "used to be run at a fantastic scale") was backed by high-ranked officials from Ukraine.

Yulia Tymoshenko: Smuggling goods through Transnistria was backed by Ukrainian top officials (

March 16, 2006

"The question of country integrity is one of the most essential to Ukraine," Tymoshenko stressed, providing details that she (as a prime minister) conducted a wide-scale action entitled "Stop contraband!"

“I can say that the Transnistrian section of our state border is really a vast white spot. Smuggling there--backed, by the way, by high-ranked officials from Ukraine--used to be run at a fantastic scale”, Tymoshenko revealed. “It is my conviction that Ukraine must restore law and order on that border, but only from the Ukrainian side of it, and to ensure movement of all freights with documents drawn up appropriately".

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Related Links:
Yulia Tymoshenko Personal web site
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