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New Transdniester Head Says Hard Currency Reserves Missing

Transdniester's new leader Yevgeny ShevchukTransdniester's new leader Yevgeny Shevchuk
Transdniester's new leader Yevgeny Shevchuk
Transdniester's new leader Yevgeny Shevchuk
By RFE/RL's Moldovan Service
TIRASPOL, Moldova -- Yevgeny Shevchuk, the newly-elected leader of the breakaway Moldovan territory of Transdniester, has told a meeting of the separatist Supreme Council that almost all of Transdniester's currency reserves disappeared under the administration of his predecessor, Igor Smirnov.

Shevchuk said on February 1 that before his inauguration as leader, it was learned that 90 percent of the region's hard-currency reserves had been "transferred to other accounts."

Shevchuk did not say who controls those accounts or how much money is involved.

The Supreme Council has endorsed Eduard Kosovsky as the new head of the Transdniester Central Bank, replacing Oksana Ionova.

Shevchuk said Ionova resigned when the reserves were found to be missing.

Shevchuk won a hard-fought election last year against a Kremlin-backed candidate by promising to combat corruption.
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by: Ionas Aurelian Rus from: Cincinnati, USA
February 23, 2012 03:35

This shows clearly that Transnistria can not be taken seriously as a "state". Smirnov et al. "loved their country like a prey", as Eugen Weber, the UCLA historian, put it. Moreover, the only places in Europe where the law still authorizes capital punishment are Belarus and Transnistria. The trial of Ilie Ilascu in a cage, his conviction and sentencing to death, which was commuted to imprisonment, should not obscure the fact that the detailed scholarship dealing with Transnistria typically omits issues such as capital punishment in Transnistria. One should not have to go to Wikipedia to find out about capital punishment in Transnistria. And I do not remember Shevchuk calling for its end.

Ionas Rus

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