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Gagauzia leader, Irina Vlah, objects to agreement on concession of southern Moldova for oil exploration

Gagauzia’s leader, Irina Vlah, strongly criticized the concession agreement on oil exploration and exploitation in the south of Moldova, reports Gagauzinfo.md.

On March 20th, Vlah came with a statement in front of the Executive Committee of Gagauzia, condemning the agreement on oil exploration and exploitation between the Government of Moldova and the American “Frontera Resources”. Gagauzia’s bashkan now seems concerned about the secrecy surrounding the concession and the lack of public debate and expertise before it.

Vlah also has questions about “Frontera Resources”, that is run through off-shore companies (Cayman Islands) and has losses of 20,5 million USD and an annual revenue at about 3,7 million USD. The environmental impact of the exploitation raises concern for the Gagauz leader, who thinks of the methods to extract oil shale as of “barbaric ways”. 

Vlah called on the Executive Committee  to organize public hearings for discussing in details the impact and risks of the concession for Gagauzia.

The concession agreement signed with Frontera Resources indeed raised questions in the civil society of Moldova, because of the lack of transparency in the listing process, but also due to Frontera’s previous bad reputation and poor performance in countries like Georgia.

The Concession Agreement stipulates that Frontera has the exclusive right to explore for, produce and develop hydrocarbon resources within an are of approximately 3 million acres in southern Moldova. The 50 years agreement include an exploration phase of up to ten years, aside from basic standards provisions on royalty, environmental protection and performance criteria.

Frontera Resources will be allowed to explore the oil resources in the territory below the red line

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy.

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Former head of the so-called Customs Committee of Transnistria, sentenced to 10 years in prison

Former head of the so-called Customs Committee in the Transnistrian region, Yuri Ghervaziuk, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined 3.5 million Russian Transnistrian rubles ($ 226,000).

According to a Tiraspol city TV channel, Yuri Ghervaziuk was part of the close circle of former Tiraspol administration leader Evgheni Shevchuk.

From 2012 he was mayor of the Bender city, and from March 2015 to December 2016 he headed the so-called Customs Committee. Gervaziuk has organized corruption schemes at the Biohim factory, admitting tax evasion. He was also accused of bribing a customs commission employee to formalize false export of alcohol.

In February 2017, the press wrote that Yuri Ghervaziuk had been kidnapped on the territory of the Republic of Moldova and then taken to Tiraspol. This case has taken place on February 16, on the national route in the Anenii Noi district.

According to an eyewitness, Ghervaziuk’s car had stopped by strangers who wore police uniforms from the Republic of Moldova.

Convinced that the former head of the Transnistrian region is in the car, the individuals beat him, immobilized, and then threw him into the trunk of a car that headed for the Transnistrian region.

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Russian peacekeepers are practicing with the occupation troops (GOTR)

The soldiers of the motorized infantry units of the Russian military contingent of occupation (GOTR) in Transnistria completed the coordination of units for joint actions with the Russian peacekeepers on the left bank of the Dniester River.

According to the West Military District Press Service of the Russian Ministry of Defense, applications have taken place on the GOTR field, specially equipped with peacekeeping posts.

The exercises were aimed at preparing GOTR troops for a possible infiltration of illegal military troops into the Security Zone.

At the same time, a separate objective was to establish an effective collaboration between the peacekeeping troops and the GOTR, in case of exceptional situations in the Security Zone.

The military exercises of the Russian occupation troops along with the Russian peacekeeping contingent and the Transnistrian armed forces have been deploying more and more military applications in recent years. Chisinau protested against the illegal exercises on the left bank of the Dniester River, but the protests of the Moldovan authorities did not prevent the further development of the applications.

Recently, the Republic of Moldova has demanded that the issue of the withdrawal of Russian occupation troops (GOTR) from the left bank of the Dniester River will be debated at the 72th General Assembly of the UN, which has triggered the dissatisfaction of Moscow and Tiraspol.

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Transnistria leader to CoE Human Rights Commissioner: Violations of human rights are practically nonexistent

On October 12th, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, paid a visit to Moldova’s breakaway region, Transnistria, and had in Tiraspol a discussion with the local president, Vadim Krasnoselsky. The main focus of the talks was obviously the respect for human rights in the region.

Despite several reports of HR violations, Krasnoselsky claimed that violations are almost nonexistent in the so-called Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic:

“In (our) state, everyone is subordinate to the law- from President to the regular citizen,- the cases of human rights violations are practically excluded”, a press release of the presidency quotes Krasnoselsky.

Suspecting that the Chișinău authorities might have told Muiznieks something different, Krasnoselsky invited him to ask questions about any moments concerning the Moldovan party.

In his turn, the Commissioner showed interest towards the situation of human rights in the Transnistrian prisons and about the domestic violence cases. Muiznieks also drew attention to the rights of people with disabilities and the opportunity to involve them in the education system.

Citizens complained over 70 times to the European Court of Human Rights because of human rights violations in the Transnistrian region. The responsibility is often delegated to the Republic of Moldova, who de-jure should control the region, and the Russian Federation, who de-facto has indirect but huge influence in the separatist republic politics and policy-making.

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