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Political analyses and commentaries on “Transnistria” topic

Will we really get the Russian money?
Maxim Kuzovlev, July 15, 2009
Almost thrilling news. Russia has promised us 500 million dollars after the June 22, 2009 visit of Vladimir Voronin to Moscow. It is true that it will not be free of any charge, but a credit. This announcement was made by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. It is also true that nobody knows when the credit will be released and under what conditions. No one knows if it will be provided in general[]
A compromised “renovation” manoeuvre
Maxim Kuzovlev, June 15, 2009
Members of the Transnistrian parliament who initiated amendments to the Constitution have withdrawn their draft law in late May 2009. The “state commission for developing and improving the Transnistrian Constitution to adjust it to the Russian Federation’s Constitution” was made to advise Igor Smirnov[]
The reason for “freezing” the Transnistrian conflict
Maxim Kuzovlev, April 15, 2009
The conflict in the Transnistrian area has kept on for about 20 years. During this term, the conflict has passed through a series of stages — from its “hot stage” (military actions in 1991–1992) to the present status quo. A new generation has grown up all these years, which does not know the Soviet times and has lived in the actually divided state[]
Ballots of Moldovan citizens from Transnistrian region
Igor Botan, February 14, 2009
After the independence of the Republic of Moldova was declared, Moldovan authorities could not make conditions to organise elections in the eastern rayons from the left bank of the Dniester controlled by the separatist administration. The latter has constantly resisted, claiming that Transnistria would be an independent state[]
Moscow-related hopes of Chisinau and Tiraspol or “Moscow never sleeps”?
Maxim Kuzovlev, January 18, 2009
Two meetings between Voronin and Smirnov have been organised under Moscow’s pressure last year. The first one was hosted by the Bender City Council, and the second meeting took place at the artistic centre for children and youths in Tiraspol[]
“Kozak-2 plan” or recognition of Transnistria?
Maxim Kuzovlev, September 15, 2008
The agenda of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev for August 26 was pretty busy. On that day, the Russian chief of state informed the world community that it has signed the decree recognising the Republic of South Ossetia (RSO) and the Republic of Abkhazia[]
Rapid “thaw” may open up “flooding”
Igor Botan, April 15, 2008
President Vladimir Voronin and Transnistrian leader Igor Smirnov met in Bender on April 11, 2008, after a pause of six years and half. That was a sensational event. Judging after conduct, Smirnov would have liked to avoid that meeting, with the recognition of Transnistria’s independence by Russia being a priority for him[]
Empty rhetoric or?..
Maxim Kuzovlev, March 15, 2008
So, a new sensation. But sensations conform themselves to a law, even in Moldova. At least, the way they are given birth. Sensational news about a certain and unavoidable event are disseminated via Russian media outlets. Lately, the Russian newspaper Kommersant has become the source of sensations regarding Moldovan affairs[]
Shevchyuk riddle
Maxim Kuzovlev, February 15, 2008
The desire to see anybody else but not Igor Smirnov ruling Transnistria challenges information waves in the Moldovan and foreign mass media[]
After October, November is over…
Igor Botan, November 30, 2007
It seems that the October initiatives by President Vladimir Voronin released in three interviews with two Moscow-based newspapers will have the fate of precedent proposals; that means mediators and observers will welcome them in continuation, they will fuel new debates and consultations, etc., but they will not have a significant impact[]
Transdnistrian settlement initiatives by President Voronin
Igor Botan, October 15, 2007
Two interviews with President Vladimir Voronin published by the Moscow-based newspapers Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Moldova) and Izvestya on October 4 and 10, 2007 mark a new approach of the problems linked to the settlement of the Transdnistrian conflict[]
Transnistrian party-building: a new or well-forgotten past?
Maxim Kuzovlev, March 18, 2007
A building boom was observed in Transnistria last year. In particular, political parties were built. The boom slowed down much this year. Perhaps the winter is the cause? Or the number of parties per capita is already enough?[]
Thawing postponed
Igor Botan, November 15, 2006
The group of 30 OSCE ambassadors who have recently paid a working visit to Moldova has concluded that the OSCE cannot persuade the conflicting sides, Chisinau and Tiraspol, to resume the five-plus-two negotiations[]
Referendum on background of explosions
Igor Botan, August 31, 2006
Preparations for the September 17-scheduled referendum on joining of Transnistria to Russia or reintegration into Moldova are being finished in the eastern breakaway enclave of Moldova[]
Electoral race begins in Transnistria
Igor Botan, June 14, 2006
Two social-political movements in Transnistria have recently turned into parties. They are the so-called international corporation “Proriv”, created a year ago with the direct participation and support of a high-ranking Kremlin functionary and transformed into the People’s Democratic Party, and the movement “Obnovlenye”, created before the December 2005 elections in the Supreme Soviet[]
The hostages of Transnistrian regime
Igor Botan, March 14, 2006
The Russian authorities must persuade the separatist leaders to release the “Transnistrian hostages” or to do what they have done with the “regimes” that take hostages[]
Quo vadis?..
Igor Botan, January 15, 2006
Although the legislative elections in Transnistria took place more than one month ago, their eventual impact on the process of settlement of the separatist conflict remains unclear[]

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What is the future of the Ukrainian plan on resolving Transdnistrian conflict?
Igor Botan, June 5, 2005
As a follow-up to the provision of the “Ukrainian plan” on the need to secure the support of the Moldovan civil society to the plan, Association for Foreign Policy (AFP) founded by former high-rank officials, former diplomats and pundits in foreign policy have recently issued a statement on the strong and weak sides of the Plan[]
Ukrainian plan
Igor Botan, May 22, 2005
The “Plan for resolving Transdnistrian conflict proposed by Ukraine” published on May 20, 2005 together with the comments that followed from Minister of Reintegration, Vasile Sova, shall generate many more debates in the future[]
Withdrawal of Russian Troops in the Context of CFE Adapted Treaty: Perceptions, Interests, and the Changing Nature of European Security
Iulian Fruntasu, January 16, 2005
“Defense Monitor’s” assertion has a high chance to become reality without serious diplomatic initiatives regarding complete withdrawal of Russian army and that of Russian separatists[]
Stability and Security Pact for the Republic of Moldova
Igor Botan, November 14, 2004
US, EU, and Romania are ready to sign a Declaration on Stability and Security for the Republic of Moldova, that is they assume moral obligations to support Republic of Moldova. Signing a Pact is not even considered, which according to the President should be “a document of international law”[]
“3D” strategy — from “extremism” to consensus?
Oazu Nantoi, October 31, 2004
A group of independent experts from Moldova developed and presented to public opinion “3D” strategy and Road Map for Moldova reintegration[]
What happens after ECHR’ ruling? (Part II)
Igor Botan, July 25, 2004
The first reaction of the Russian Federation to the ECHR’s judgement on “the case of Ilascu” paved the way for the Transdnistrian authorities’ saying. As it was to be expected, Transdnistrian reaction was far more radical[]
What happens after ECHR’ ruling? (Part I)
Igor Botan, July 11, 2004
On July 8, European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on the “case of Ilascu and others v. Moldova and Russia”. ECHR ruled that Russia and Moldova are guilty of violating provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular the right to freedom and prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment[]
It’s clear than nothing is clear
Igor Botan, May 9, 2004
Three years passed since the presidential decree no. 46-III of 15.05.2001 on resolution of the Transdnistrian conflict was issued. Under the decree “settling Transdnistrian conflict by observing the principles of territorial integrity and state sovereignty is a key task for the public authorities of the Republic of Moldova”[]
“Kozak plan” Implications
Igor Botan, November 30, 2003
Russian Federation’s Memorandum on the principles of establishing a unified state, also known as “Kozak plan”, has triggered yet another political crisis in the Republic of Moldova[]
Memorandum on principles of establishing a unified state
November 25, 2003
Kremlin administration’s initiative on basic principles of the unified state has all the chances to be in centre of public attention of Moldova for quite a while[]
Asymmetric reasoning
October 20, 2003
At the end of November expires Republic of Moldova’s presidency over Council of Europe Ministerial Council[]
Political concord
October 13, 2003
Almost one year after the draft on settling Transdnistrian conflict via federalization was made public in Kiev, the Head of OSCE Mission to Moldova stated that the elaboration of a compromise political Agreement is underway, which would allow for a complete resolution of the conflict[]
Ideological inconsistency
August 19, 2003
During the vacation period Tiraspol was mainly the one to wage the informal war with Chisinau. Tiraspol continues to employ the same methods, however with some minor innovations. One of the old methods employed are the appeals for support to various representatives of Russian elite[]
Transdnistrian project
August 12, 2003
On August 6, Transdnistrian leaders made public their own draft Constitution for the prospective federation. In fact, it has nothing to do with establishing a federation, but rather with establishing a union of independent states, i.e. confederation, or as they put it “contractual federation”[]
The project of federalisation of the Republic of Moldova
Igor Botan, June 29, 2003
One year ago, on 3 July 2002, the OSCE project on the resolution of the Transdnistrian conflict through the federalisation of the Republic of Moldova was launched in Kiev[]
The Referendum in Transdnistria
April 15, 2003
On 6 April 2003, the “constitutional referendum on the introduction of the private ownership of land” was held in the Transdnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova[]
Transdnestrian conflict solution — a new stage
March 19, 2003
Albeit a month already passed since the President made public his initiative on settling the Transdnistrian conflict via developing a new Constitution jointly with Tiraspol administration, the situation is still quite fuzzy[]
Mega-initiative of the President Voronin
February 12, 2003
In the last two years the President of the Republic of Moldova has been very prolific in launching different kind of initiatives. For instance, his most important initiatives in foreign affairs concerned Republic of Moldova integration in the Russia-Belarus Union, Eurasia Union and European Union[]
Metamorphoses
December 16, 2002
Republic of Moldova President, Vladimir Voronin is due to make an official visit to US at the invitation of US President George W. Bush on December 16–20[]
The Federalization of the Republic of Moldova: Opportunities and Risks
Igor Botan, December 9, 2002
Since federalization has been recently proposed as a solution to the separatist conflict in the Republic of Moldova, debates have spurred on which type of state is more viable in such cases, the unitary or the federal one formed of territorial units that enjoy a certain degree of autonomy?[]
Worsening relations between Chisinau and Tiraspol
November 11, 2002
In early November OSCE and guarantor countries’ experts have declared that negotiations between Chisinau and Tiraspol reached a deadlock[]
Federalization of the Republic of Moldova
July 17, 2002
Two weeks after the proposal on the federalization of the Republic of Moldova had been presented at the reunion of Russia, Ukraine, OSCE, Republic of Moldova and Transdnistria in Kiev; President Voronin praised it and saluted OSCE’s initiative to federalize the country[]
Is it possible to revise the Constitution?
July 1, 2002
Last week the governmental media launched the idea that the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova needs to be revised. This is the second time since the Communist came to power, that a governmental daily launches the idea or revising the Constitution[]
A new political situation
June 3, 2002
More than a year passed since President Vladimir Voronin issued the decree in May 15, 2001 on the resolution of the Transdnistrian conflict highlighting it as being top priority of the Moldovan authorities[]
Presidential elections in Transdnestria
December 11, 2001
Despite the fact that several weeks ago, the President of the Republic of Moldova declared that upcoming elections in Transdnestria are illegitimate, presidential elections were conducted on December 9, 2001. As it was to be expected, Igor Smirnov won[]