Representatives of the PMR’s Delegation Meet in Moscow with Journalists of the Russian Media


On November 16, representatives of the delegation of the Pridnestrovien Moldavian Republic who are on a working visit in Moscow took part in the meeting with journalists of the Russian mass media. Correspondents of the Newspapers “Moscowsky Komsomolets” and “Komsomolskaya Pravda” were among them. The meeting took place in the conference-room of “Echo of Moscow” radio station.

Issues relating both to electoral processes in Pridnestrovie and bilateral relations between the Russian Federation and the Pridnestrovien Moldavian Republic were touched upon in the course of the conversation. Problems of negotiation process with the Republic of Moldova were discussed at the meeting as well.

Journalists were interested in ratings of the candidates for President of the Pridnestrovien Moldavian Republic, as well as latest significant events which were defined by Pridnestrovie as a “black PR”.

One of the first topics was detention of officials of the Pridnestrovien Moldavian Republic by customs bodies of the Russian Federation in Sheremetyevo Airport. Direct participants of the events expressed their perplexity about actions of representatives of the customs bodies of the Russian Federation who applied the whole range of “measures” of search and seizure (of laptops and data carriers) without any distinct motivation of their actions.

Commenting on the situation around the use of illegal pre-election technologies in Pridnestrovie, the participants of the meeting who represented investigation bodies of the Ministry of Interior and Prosecutor's Office of the PMR noted that activities they are holding are regulated, primarily, by legislation of the Pridnestrovien Moldavian Republic and aimed at protection of the rights and freedoms of the citizens living in the Republic. 

 According to representatives of investigation bodies, actions of the arrested and already released persons entered in contradiction with the PMR's legislation and did damage to the process of organization of elections of the President of the Pridnestrovien Moldavian Republic and citizens' rights. Furthermore, representatives of investigation bodies of the Ministry of Interior and Prosecutor's Office of the PMR noted that in their work they are governed by normative-legal acts regulating not only the rights and obligations of candidates during the pre-election campaign but citizens' rights in general context as well. Possibilities of one candidate can not be realized at the cost of the rights of other candidates and society in general.

Recent criminal cases so actively discussed in Russian mass media and connected with the question of allegedly “inappropriate use of humanitarian aid of the Russian Federation” aroused journalists' keen interest.

Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the PMR Andrey Kotsyubenko, who was present at the meeting, reported that funds received from the Russian Federation were arriving in an allocated account of the Supreme Soviet of the PMR. It was precisely the Parliament that addressed issues of distribution and control of the indicated funds through the corresponding resolutions. Andrey Kotsyubenko stressed that Pridnestrovie's supervision authorities controlled appropriate use of the funds received, and mechanism of the use of aid created in 2008 constantly received high assessment on the part of official representatives of the Russian Federation including heads of relevant committees of the State Duma, who seem to have forgotten about their own assessment.

The Pridnestrovie parliamentarian also reminded of an uneasy way Pridnestrovie had passed in the struggle for its freedom and independence. He expressed his confidence in the fact that independence of the Pridnestrovien state should remain unconditional priority for all the political forces of the Republic.

In conclusion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the PMR Vladimir Yastrebchak, who took part in the meeting, pointed out that the dialogue and cooperation with the colleagues from RF's MFA which are highly appreciated in Pridnestrovie should not undergo any changes. He expressed his hope that mutually beneficial cooperation at political level would continue to develop.