Accessibility links

Rights Activist Says Violence In Transdniestrian Army On The Rise


A human rights activist says that abuse of soldiers in the army of Moldova's breakaway Transdniester region is worsening.

Tiraspol-based Grigory Volovoy told RFE/RL's Moldovan Service today that four men have been killed this year while serving in the Transdniestrian Army.

He said Transdniester officials report the deaths as naturally caused or as suicides.

Volovoy said that a young soldier's death was recently declared the result of a heart attack, but it was later determined that he had been beaten to death by other soldiers.

Transdniester is a de facto independent territory within Moldova. Young men must serve 18 months in the region's army.

About This Blog

The Power Vertical
The Power Vertical

The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or

Subscribe

Journalists In Trouble

RFE/RL journalists take risks, face threats, and make sacrifices every day in an effort to gather the news. Our "Journalists In Trouble" page recognizes their courage and conviction, and documents the high price that many have paid simply for doing their jobs. More

XS
SM
MD
LG