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Transnistrian KGB transformed into Ministry of State Security with extended competence

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On January 10th, Transnistria leader, Vadim Krasnoselski, signed a decree to appoint Mikhail Lapitskii as minister of the state security of the breakaway region of Moldova.

Another decree from January 9th transformed the former KGB, the state security committee, into the so-called state security ministry (MGB), which would have over 100 responsibilities in the separatist state. The security institution actually came to its original format, when formed by the Vladimir Antyufeyev, known as Shevtsov or Alexandrov.

The Transnistrian laws on security, border guard, extremism, terrorism fight provide the legal basis for this security ministry, without clearly stating the responsibilities, right and obligations of this institution. To sum it up, the so-called MGB could conduct activities on ensuring the security of the region, the fight against terrorism, defending and protecting the frontier, ensuring the informational security in Transnistria and forming the directions of activity of the security organs.

The MGB would take account only of the regional constitution, local laws and the principles of international law implemented in Transnistria. Although it confirms that it must apply the principles of humanism, legality, human rights and citizens’ interest, there is no mechanism legally provided for MGB to ensure those principles, especially the right for private life.

MGB could form its branches in any security institution of the so-called Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic: army, border control, special forces, external information research organs. MGB would reportedly have the right for penal and administrative investigation of acts that undermine the security of the region.

MGB would also have the right to assist the works of the international organizations in the region, in order to prevent any actions meant to affect the local security.

Only the president, the government head and the chief of the Supreme Soviet would be informed of potential threats, but it can also be case that MGB can act by itself in case of emergency or conflict.

One can guess that by directly appointing the minister for state security, the Transnistrian leader, Vadim Krasnoselski, extended his competences in the security domain, in order to avoid the Supreme Soviet.

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Transnistrian Minister of Foreign Affairs: There were many delusions that the conflict between Moldova and Transnistria is very easy to resolve

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The head of the Transnistrian diplomatic mission told about what is slowing down the negotiation process.

The First Transnistrian TV channel took an interview from the Transnistrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vitaly Ignatiev, who claims that the Transnistrian side is trying to focus on concrete matters, on a specific agenda within the conflict negotiation process.

Ignatiev drew attention to the fact that the position of President Vadim Krasnoselsky, who previously declared that it makes no sense to meet with Moldovan counterparts without a specific agenda, is connected with this.

According to him, over the years of the negotiation formats on the Moldovan-Transnistrian settlement, various visions, plans or approaches that took place, there were many delusions that the conflict was very easy to resolve.

However, the Transnistrian diplomat refuses to recognize Transnistria as part of Moldova.

“We have absolutely legitimate international legal, historical grounds for recognizing the independence of Transnistria. We have a generation of Transnistrians who have not lived a single day in the Soviet Moldova. Any settlement should be based on the will of the people. We rely on the will of the population, which has already determined its fate within referendums,” the minister added.

He stated that Transnistria lives in accordance with its Constitution, and Moldova, in turn, lives within its legislative space.

“There is not a single signal about the eagerness of the Moldovan authorities to deal with these issues seriously, although there are a lot of statements about the issue. Sometimes these statements create an unnecessary background and interfere with the dialogue,” the diplomat concluded.

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Transnistrian president Krasnoselsky: Discussing issues with the Moldovan president is impractical at the moment.

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Recently, the president of Moldova, Igor Dodon has made an announcement that, in December, there is a scheduled meeting with the President of Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselsky.

The event will take place in Bender, writes the Transnistrian news portal novostiprm.com.

However, the according to the separatist press, Krasnoselsky made it clear that there will be no meeting “just for the sake of meeting”, affirming that there are enough unresolved issues and problems on the negotiation agenda.

“A clear agenda is necessary, and I don’t see it the moment. Those 5 + 2 questions format do not correspond to his competences. Furthermore, in principle, discussing these issues with Igor Dodon is impractical. The president of Moldova should have his own agenda,” declared the president of Transnistria.

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The House of Culture of a Transnistrian village has been renovated with European money

After a long time, the inhabitants of the village of Carmanova on the left bank of the Nistru celebrated the patronage of the House of Culture. It’s been built in 1970 and has never been repaired. In the nineties, the heating system was completely damaged. For the first time in 28 years, during the cold season, the holidays will be organized under appropriate conditions. The edifice was connected to the water supply, sewage and is equipped with a modern heating system.

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“The village of Carmanova was founded 200 years ago by Germans, mostly from Germany and France (Alsace), as well as families from Poland and Hungary. The first name of the locality is Neudorf. Renovation of the cultural house in this village is of particular importance to the European Union and the Member States: it is a symbol of the common history with this territory and its locals and proof that this common history continues daily, including through the effort to improve conditions for the local population,” said Fabien Schaeffer, project manager within the European Union Delegation in the Republic of Moldova.

“Due to the constant temperature, paintings, costumes, and other items are kept under proper conditions. We have ten creative teams. We work in kinusayga techniques, “sand art”, and more. Dance, singing, and concerts will take place in comfortable conditions,” declared Natalia Stoian, head of the House of Culture.

The European Union has allocated EUR 150,795 for the renovation of the building. Carmanova House of Culture is one of over 80 infrastructure objects renovated through the European Union-funded “Support to Confidence Building Measures” program implemented by UNDP Moldova – a program which contributes to the consolidation of trust between the inhabitants of both sides of the Dniester River through their involvement in joint projects.

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