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Vadim Krasnoselski wins presidential elections in Transnistria

Vadim Krasnoselski won the so-called presidential elections by 62,3% in the Transnistrian separatist region of Moldova, reports

Former speaker of the Supreme Soviet of the un-recognized Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic (PMR) won 157410 votes of the people of Transnistria.
Former president Evgeny Shevchuk got 27,38%, Oleg Horjan- 3,17%, Vladimir Grigoriev- 0,67%, Irina Vasilaki- 0,6%, Alexandr Deli- 0,55%. 3,4% or 8593 people voted against everyone.
The total turnout at the elections constituted 59,16%.



On December 12th, Krasnoselski came with a statement on his election and his priorities as president of PMR. He thinks it is necessary for Transnistrian economy to integrate in the “Eurasian and Russian economies”, which it should form strong economic ties, so that the political ties become tighter.
Speaking about Ukraine and Moldova, Krasnoselski said he would build “good neighborly relations” with focus on economical, humanitarian and cultural domains, but especially on the political recognition and status of the region.

The President-elect of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, “sincerely” congratulated “Vadim Nikolaevich” on the victory and expressed his belief that the election would open a new page of the relations between Chișinău and Tiraspol, hoping for a meeting in the “following weeks”.

Ion Tăbârță, political expert at IDIS Viitorul, declared for Moldova.ORG that the election of Krasnoselski would possibly move the cold relations between Chișinău and Tiraspol. This would be the case because the newly-elected Transnistrian leader is close to Sheriff corporation, which is now interested in opening the market to the European Union through Moldova. Tăbârșă thinks that Kremlin will still hold power in the region in the geopolitical issues, even if Krasnoselski will be against some moves.

Moldova former Reintegration Ministers, Eugen Carpov (2011-2014) and Vasile Șova (2002-2009), declared for that the dialogue on the conflict settlement would be continued, despite possible hesitations of Krasnoselskii, but the relations with Chișinău would not change, let alone Transnistria’s geopolitical course. Carpov emphasized that the elections do not actually hold any legal basis, since they took place in a “, self-proclaimed, un-recognized, anti-constitutional area”.

Vadim Krasnoselski, 46, previously held position of president of the administration council of local mobile network company Interdnestrkom, part of Sheriff corporation. General of the local militia, Krasnoselski exercised the function of Interior Minister during the presidency of Igor Smirnov, between 2007 and 2012. According to, he is intensely promoted by TSV, a local TV channel created by Sheriff founders Victor Guşan and Ilya Kazmaly.

The Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic declared its independence from the Republic of Moldova in 1990 and insisted on it in the 1992 war with the Moldovan constitutional authorities. PMR was not recognized by the United Nations and not even by the Russian Federation, who de-facto controls and supports, politically and financially, the region.

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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