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Tiraspol - Moldova - Mafia in Uniform

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posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 09:11 PM
Today Transdniester's leader Igor Smirnov said that Yushchenko's plan to settle the conflict has been destroyed by Moldova's so-called "economic blockade". He described Ukraine as now being a part of the conflicting side. Smirnov has the illusion that if Kosovo's independence becomes a solution to the Kosovo problem, it will make the world get a more positive attitude to self-proclaimed republics. He is convinced that this will make the world's leaders get tears in their eyes and say yes to Transdniester's independence.

ITAR-TASS: Yushchenko's Dniester settlement plan no longer viable


The plan to settle the Dniester region conflict proposed by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko "has, in effect, become obsolete," leader of the Dniester region Igor Smirnov told Russian reporters on Monday. "Moldova destroyed this plan with its own hands by imposing an economic blockade," Smirnov said. "Ukraine turned from a guarantor country to a conflicting side. A majority of Dniester region's residents have disappointed in Ukraine," the leader of the self-proclaimed republic emphasized. "The Dniester region awaits the solution of the Kosovo problem. We believe that many states will be able to express their positive attitude to self-proclaimed republics more independently and freely," Smirnov said.

In his view, the numerous signatures by Moldovan presidents and prime ministers on Moldovan-Dniester agreements show that Chisinau has recognized the Dniester region officially as an independent state long ago. He also said talks with Chisinau will resume only after it lifts the economic blockade. "We are ready to sit down at the negotiating table after the restoration of status quo, i.e. resumption of the previous procedure of the movement of cargoes across the border.

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Smirnov says he will not be ready for peace talks until the weap.... I mean "goods"
are again moving freely across the border. Like it was in the good ol' days when there was no "nosy Moldovans" checking it.

posted on Apr, 26 2006 @ 05:54 PM
Did you notice my last post on the previous page? I posted it on April 21st. Here is an article from the Kyiv Post today. They are still negotiating the status of the Varnita port...

Kyiv Post: Separatists seize contested port

Apr 26 2006, 23:35

A port on the Dniester River in a village of a little over 5,000 inhabitants has become the center of the latest flare-up in the long-running dispute between Moldova and the self-proclaimed Transdniester Moldovan Republic (TMR), which lies along Ukraine’s southwestern border.

According to Tudor Serbov, the head of the village of Varnita, which is located in the jurisdiction of Moldova proper, a group of more than 90 Transdniester policemen and around 30 others dressed in civilian clothes seized the village cargo port at midday on April 21, forcing nearly 20 of its employees to leave. Serbov told the Post on April 26 that the Transdniester police occupied the port until late in the evening, when they made off with a barge, a towboat and dredger, which had been docked at the port.

At the moment, said Serbov, the port is surrounded by a peacekeeping force consisting of Russian, Moldovan and Transdniester military units, while negotiations on the port’s further status continue.

The port in Varnita is very close to the southern Transdniester town of Bendery and is considered disputed territory. On some Transdniester maps, Varnita is shown as part of the self-proclaimed republic’s territory.

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Related: Moldovan Foreign Ministry makes declaration on Transnistrian structures occupying Varnita port (26 April 2006)

posted on Apr, 28 2006 @ 03:11 PM

The representatives of the European Union, GUAM, the United States, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine spoke out for replacement of the current peacekeeping mechanism in Transnistria with a multi-national mission under an international mandate, because "the tense situation in the Security Zone and the Tiraspol regime's continuing provocations are a bright proof that the current peacekeeper mechanism has led not to settlement but to freezing of the conflict and to protection of the separatists' interests, which is unacceptable for the international community".

posted on Apr, 28 2006 @ 03:23 PM

Moldova should cooperate with the Russian Federation, according to the survey Vox Populi that the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of the Moldovan Academy of Sciences has recently conducted jointly with the Moldovan Association of Sociologists, the Centre of Sociology of Communities and Gender Studies and the news agency BASA-press.
At the same time, 26 percent of respondents consider that Moldova should take a principle stance towards Russia and not cede, while 1.3 percent plead for interruption of any collaboration with this country.

posted on Apr, 28 2006 @ 03:23 PM
"cooperate" as in 'give in to their demands'

[edit on 28-4-2006 by taseg]

posted on May, 12 2006 @ 06:52 PM
Transdnistria calls for Russia to send more troops (again). They apparently fear that a new conflict might erupt in the region.

RIA Novosti: Transdnestrian public asks Russia for more peacekeepers

11/ 05/ 2006

Public organizations in Moldova's breakaway region of Transdnestr have appealed to Russia's president and parliament, asking them to send more troops into the region.

The Anti-Blockade Coordinating Council of Public Organizations, set up in the wake of what the organizations call an economic blockade against Transdnestr, said it was concerned about steps being taken by the parties to the peace process, and feared they might spark a new conflict in the region.

"The public is particularly concerned about the Moldovan authorities' tendency to ignore the opinions of Transdnestr, a party to peace talks, and to force it to make unilateral concessions, which has been supported by Ukraine, acting as a guarantor [of the peace process]," the organizations said in their appeal.

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posted on May, 15 2006 @ 09:27 PM
Talks have been cancelled. Transdnestr insist on continuing their "business as usual" and they don't want anyone sticking their noses into it. They want to be able to transport stuff freely across the borders. There is apparently still someone out there (somewhere in the world) with lots of money and a desire and need for weapons. And just think about those poor child soldiers who might now have to fight without these weapons...

RIA Novosti: Transdnestr May talks cancelled as deadlock continues

15/ 05/ 2006

Internationally brokered talks on the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdnestr originally slated for May 17-18 will not be held, the head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova said Monday.

William Hill, mission head to the country for the world's largest regional security organization, said negotiators had told him there was no consensus either on the agenda of the meeting in 5+2 format - involving Moldova, Transdnestr and Ukraine, Russia, and the OSCE, plus U.S. and EU observers - or even on the possibility of holding it.

He said Trandnestr representatives only wanted to discuss a new system for crossing the Moldovan-Ukrainian border and the terms of Transdnestrian enterprises' foreign economic activity

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posted on May, 20 2006 @ 11:56 AM
The Transdnestrian Ministry of State Security, the MGB (that's their version of the KGB) celebrated their 14th anniversary this week. The head of the MGB named 23 different structures which allegedly assists "foreign spies" in planning an orange revolution.

Axis News: Transdnestrian State security service celebrates anniversary claiming foreign intelligence services are active in the country

He added that 23 different structures assist foreign spies in planning the Orange revolution. Among these structures he named the US, British and Polish embassies, different NGO's, Soros funds, EU based structures e.t.c.

posted on May, 28 2006 @ 03:44 PM
Tiraspol apparently makes more money smuggling chicken than they would by dealing with weapons...

IHT: Ukraine cracks down on smuggling at border

MAY 28, 2006

It did not take long for the European Union's border experts to spot evidence of the shadowy trade on Ukraine's notoriously porous border with Moldova. It came in an unexpected form, though: frozen chicken from America.

In a recent six months, more than 40,000 tons of chicken was shipped, legally, into Transnistria through Black Sea ports in Ukraine, said experts sent by the European Union this year to monitor the border.

The chicken is reloaded into smaller trucks, often with makeshift refrigeration, and smuggled back into Ukraine. There it is sold at below-market rates, because it evaded customs duties and Ukrainian sanitary inspections, turning a hefty profit - for whom, exactly, is not clear - of nearly $1,000 a ton. "They make more money than they would dealing with weapons," said Joachim Haack, a German who is in charge of the EU outpost here.

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posted on May, 29 2006 @ 12:18 AM
U.S. signals it will ratify the CFE Treaty (Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe) if Russia withdraw its troops from Transnistria. This is interesting. Lets hope the Russians withdraw their troops and that the U.S. ratify the CFE Treaty. Read more about the importance of this treaty earlier in this thread. There is an international conference starting today in Vienna and the CFE Treaty is on top of the agenda.

MosNews: U.S. Urges Russia to Withdraw Troops From Moldova


The United States would ratify an adaptation agreement on the European arms treaty only if Russia withdrew its troops from Moldova unconditionally, reports from Moldova’s capital Chisinau said on Friday.

As an explicit signal on the issue for the first time, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Paula DeSutter said Russia’s withdrawal from the Dniester River region was a precondition for the U.S. ratification of the Adaptation Agreement on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty).

The U.S. official, in charge of arms control, made the remarks after she held talks with Moldova’s President Vladimir Voronin during her two-day visit to the country starting from Thursday. DeSutter said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sided with Washington on the issue.

An international conference will be held from May 29 to June 2 in Vienna, Austria, with the adaptation agreement on the CFE Treaty top on the agenda.

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posted on Jun, 1 2006 @ 10:50 AM
Are things heating up?

Source: Interpret Bendery Incident Differently

The Moldovan and Transnistrian authorities are offering different interpretations to the developments at and around the Bendery-2 railroad terminal, but nobody seems to be able to explain clearly what actually happened there yesterday.

On Tuesday night, the Regnum news agency of Moscow and some Tiraspol mass media reported - with reference to the Transnistrian law-enforcement organs - that about 30 Moldovan policemen made an attempt to seize the Bendery-2 railroad station that is under Transnistria's jurisdiction.

According to Radio Tiraspol, "The seizure attempt was opposed by 5 Transnistrian militiamen", and "the situation is close to using force by both sides".

This information failed to be confirmed from other sources. Some officials in Chisinau presume this might be a deliberate provocation staged on the eve of the visit by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel de Gucht, who has arrived in Chisinau today.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 04:03 AM
The Russian troops will stay in Transdniestr and the CFE has still not been ratified. Transdniestr hope to use Montenegro's independence as a precedent for their own independence. They have announced that its 550,000 people will vote in September on whether to seek formal independence from Moldova. Russia would back independence for Transdniestr while the West would not. We might be looking at a new cold war and a new arms race with build up of conventional forces in Europe. The exact scenario which led to the past two world wars...

The Sunday Times: Calls for freedom make the jigsaw of Europe more complicated than ever

June 02, 2006

Igor Smirnov, Transdniestr’s “President”, has announced that its 550,000 people will vote in a referendum in September on whether to seek formal independence from Moldova. “The recent example of Montenegro proves that a referendum is becoming a norm for solving conflicts,”, said Mr Smirnov, 64, a former metalworker.

Although never recognised internationally, it has close ties to Russia, which helped the ethnic Russians in the war and has maintained 1,500 troops there. Officially, they are there to keep the peace and guard a stockpile of 40,000 tonnes of weapons stored there in case of a Nato invasion. In reality, this remains Moscow’s westernmost strategic outpost — a bulwark against the expanding EU and Nato. It is also a haven for money-laundering, smuggling and illegal weapons sales. Mr Smirnov runs it as a personal fiefdom, financed by local oligarchs and propped up by nostalgia for the Soviet Union. It has its own currency based on the old Soviet rouble, uses the old Soviet Moldovan flag, and stages annual Soviet-style military parades. Police wear uniforms bearing the hammer and sickle. There is no direct telephone link to Moldova and no mobile network.

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RIA Novosti: Russia lays responsibility for CFE treaty on NATO states

02/ 06/ 2006

"Given the unconstructive position of NATO member countries, and their unwillingness to launch the ratification process of the adaptation agreement, all responsibility for the CFE's future will rest with our Western partners," said Anatoly Antonov, who heads the Foreign Ministry's department on security and disarmament. "Russia will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the situation regarding control over armaments," he said, adding that the treaty no longer reflected the signatories' interests.

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RIA Novosti: CFE Treaty unviable, out of touch with reality - Russia diplomat

31/ 05/ 2006

The Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty was signed in 1990 to classify and set the ceiling for weapons that can exist in the European theater. In 1999, an adapted version of the treaty was signed and has been ratified by Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, but the document has sparked debates over some clauses that have been interpreted differently by the signatory states. "The balance of rights and commitments [of the countries party to the treaty] has been upset," Anatoly Antonov, the chief Russian delegate to a Vienna conference on the CFE Treaty, said Tuesday.

"Today the blocking basis of the treaty offers considerable privileges to members of the military and political alliance [NATO] at the expense of those countries who are not in the alliance, including Russia," he said. Antonov said the document, which had originally been intended as a mechanism for preserving and consolidating control over conventional weapons in Europe, was used by some countries as "an instrument for attaining their geopolitical interests in the former Soviet republics." The diplomat blamed this approach for undermining the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the world's largest regional security organization, and for causing serious problems in relations between Russia and NATO.

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RIA Novosti: Treaty not only Russia needs

09/ 12/ 2005

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the agreement between Romania and the United States on the deployment of four American military bases: "We are engaged in a dialog with the United States, and it has been settled that all changes to military structures should be transparent and comply with agreements on stability in Europe." Moreover, "we are interested how these changes fit in with the adapted Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty," he said. "Unfortunately, our Western colleagues have used various far-fetched excuses not to ratify this document."

The Treaty stipulates the use of tanks, armored vehicles and artillery with a caliber over 100-mm, airplanes, helicopters and personnel. But their number and purpose in Romania and elsewhere cannot be verified: the United States, as well as other NATO members, have not ratified the adapted Treaty using all sorts of implausible excuses. What should Russian generals do? Can they believe what they are told? After all, this is a serious matter. The country's security is at issue, and it is in the nature of the military to prepare for the worst. This means a new arms race, a backslide to the Cold War. Do we really need that?

This raises another question: does Russia need the CFE Treaty? The United States has withdrawn from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. NATO refuses to ratify the CFE, demanding that Moscow honor its Istanbul commitments (made at the OSCE summit in 1999), although their fulfillment was hindered by NATO leaders. General Yuri Baluyevsky, Russian chief of Staff, has once proposed to give up all obligations of transparency Russia has undertaken. Should we do as he says? After all, the recent moves of our NATO allies push us toward this decision.

posted on Jun, 9 2006 @ 07:29 PM
Russia denies that the CFE could only be ratified if Russia withdraw its troops from Transdniestr. Negotiations seems to have reached a dead-end with the adapted CFE still not ratified and with Russian troops still in Moldova (Transdniestr).

RIA Novosti: Russia denies link between adapted CFE Treaty, military pullout

09/ 06/ 2006

Russia's envoy to Europe's largest security organization denied Friday statements that an adapted Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) could only be ratified after Moscow fulfilled commitments it undertook in Istanbul in 1999. The commitments include withdrawal of Soviet-era bases, now belonging to Russia, from Georgia and Moldova.

"No agreements of the kind have been reached," Alexei Borodavkin told a session of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna. He said some countries were speculating on a link between the agreement and Russia's commitments on its military bases, to achieve their political goals, but that their comments had no legal basis.

"In the current situation, where negotiations have reached a dead-end, it is difficult to expect any progress on the issue," Borodavkin said.

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posted on Jun, 11 2006 @ 02:34 PM
Here is a Google Maps picture from an air base in Tiraspol. Helicopters... When I clicked the Google Maps link I had to zoom out one step to be able to see anything.

Helicopters at Tiraspol Soviet-era Air Base

Google Maps

Large Moldovan military base with civil freight activity. Headquarters 119th Fighter Air Division, Moldova. (AviaMK)

[edit on 2006/6/11 by Hellmutt]

posted on Jun, 15 2006 @ 12:05 AM
The Head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Team on Moldova, Marian Lupu, says the referendum on self-determination organized by Tiraspol will not be recognized by the international community. He also says that no elections in Transdniestria can be held until Transdniestria has been democratized and demilitarized. Speaker Marian Lupu says referendum organized by Tiraspol will not be recognized

14 June 2006

According to the Parliament’s press service, at a meeting with Kimmo Kiljunen, Head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Team on Moldova, Marian Lupu said that the referendum planned by the Tiraspol authorities would not be recognized. ”This referendum will not be recognized by the international community but it will arouse additional political tensions. Elections in Transdniestria can be held only after the region is democratized and demilitarized in compliance with Ukraine’s Plan and documents approved by the Moldovan Parliament last summer," Lupu said.

Kimmo Kiljunen said in turn that the Transdniestrian region can be granted a special juridical status only within a territorially integral Moldova.

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posted on Jun, 16 2006 @ 04:53 AM
Five Moldovan policemen has apparently been kidnapped by Transnistrian special services. This incident is described by the Moldovan Interior Ministry as a "provocation aimed at destabilising the situation". The Moldovan Interior Ministry is in a meeting right now with the Joint Control Commission. Five Moldovan policemen kidnapped by Transnistrian special services

15 June 2006

Five employees of the Moldovan Interior Ministry (MAI) were kidnapped by the special services of the self-proclaimed Transnistrian republic on Wednesday, 14 June, in the evening. MAI says the kidnapping's reasons are not known, and describes the incident as the Transnistrian authorities' "provocation" aimed at destabilising the situation.

Papuc informed that today in the morning, a MAI representatives left for an ordinary meeting of the Joint Control Commission to discuss the created situation.

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posted on Jun, 17 2006 @ 09:16 AM
...are still being held against their will and nothing came out of the meeting I mentioned in my previous post. They agreed to meet again next Tuesday. There seems to be some conflicting versions whether they were kidnapped or arrested (or why) - policemen or spies?

RIA Novosti: Moldova fails to end policemen's arrest spat with Transdnestr

16/ 06/ 2006

A special meeting of a commission regulating the ongoing conflict around Moldova's breakaway Transdnestr region to discuss the arrest of five Moldovan policemen in the province has failed to resolve the dispute.

The policemen were arrested Wednesday by Transdnestr special forces.

After several hours of intense discussions, the JCC agreed to end the discussion and meet again next Tuesday.

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posted on Jun, 19 2006 @ 12:40 PM
link of five Moldovan Policemen Detained by Transnistria Special Police Forces Have Been Released

Three of five Moldovan policemen detained by Transdnestria special police forces on June 14 have been released on Saturday, June 17. Two more officers of the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Moldova are still imprisoned.

The head of the press-service of the Ministry of Interior Affairs Alla Meleca informs REPORTER.MD that the head of criminal police of Police Commissariat Office of Benderi A.Pohila and senior inspectors of the same office V.Vasiliev and I.Datco have been released. At the same time the head of the Southern sector of the Organized Crime Department S.Mangir and deputy-head of Criminal Police of Bender C.Condrea are still in prison.

Tough job being a policeman in Bendery...

[edit on 19-6-2006 by taseg]

posted on Jun, 21 2006 @ 04:22 PM

Originally posted by taseg

Tough job being a policeman in Bendery...

Indeed. The remaining two policemen are apparently not going to released soon unless something happens. The Helsinki Committee asks for the support of international organisations for their release. The policemen have been tortured and their lawyers received threats when they asked for another meeting with them.

Moldova Azi: Helsinki Committee in Moldova Asks for the Support of International Organisations for Release of Policemen Arrested in Tiraspol

June 21 2006

Lawyers of Helsinki Committee Anna Ursachi and Lilia Prodan at Wednesday conference stated that they had met arrested policemen. The lawyers say that Stefan Mangir and Constantin Condrea have been tortured with the use of psychtrop substances into admission of the accusations.The lawyers confirmed that they saw marks of injections and tortures on the policemen's bodies.

Ursachi and Prodan claim that they have recieved threats from officers of Transnistria Ministry of State Security after they tried to obtain the right for other meetings with the detained.

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posted on Jun, 24 2006 @ 02:47 PM
Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transdnestr form a joint peacekeeping force. This force is to be deployed if the Russian troops withdraw.

RIA Novosti: Breakaway regions in ex-U.S.S.R. form joint peacekeeping force

24/ 06/ 2006

Three breakaway regions in former Soviet republics currently embroiled in "frozen conflicts" have started forming a joint peacekeeping contingent to be deployed should Russian peacekeepers withdraw, the president of the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdnestr said Saturday. The leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia - both in Georgia - and of Moldova's Transdnestr region met in the Abkhaz capital, Sukhumi, in mid-June to discuss peacekeeping missions.

Russia has had peacekeepers in all three regions since bloody conflicts erupted at the beginning of the 1990s, but NATO, Georgia and Moldova have been urging a military pullout from former Soviet republics under the 1999 Istanbul Commitments, part of the amended Conventional Forces in Europe treaty.

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


Policemen released

And the two kidnapped policemen have been released.

ITAR-TASS: Transdniestria releases Moldovan policemen arrested in Tiraspol


Authorities of the breakaway republic of Transdniestria released two Moldovan policemen on Saturday after the interference of Russian officials

Transdniestria’s State Security Ministry said the Moldovan policemen had been suspected of planning an abduction of people. Moldovan authorities denied these accusations. Moldovan Interior Minister Gheorghe Papuc said the detention of Moldovan policemen in Tiraspol was a “provocation” in response to the investigation of a criminal group by Moldovan police.

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