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Separatist Moldovan Region Erects Monument To Russian General

Transdniester President Yevgeny Shevchuk, General Lebed's widow and brother, Russian Foreign Ministry officials, and commanders of Russian forces in the region attended the ceremony in the southern city of Bendery.

Lebed is revered in mostly Russian-speaking Transdniester for intervening on the side of the separatists in their 1992 war with Moldovan forces.

Moscow-backed Transdniester declared its independence from Moldova in 1990.

In March 1992, it engaged in an armed conflict with Moldovan security forces.

That ended in June of the same year thanks to the intervention of Lebed's 14th Army which was stationed in Transdniester.

Bendery was the main theater of operations for Lebed's armed forces.

Lebed later became governor of Siberia's Krasnoyarsk Krai and died in a helicopter crash in 2002.

Based on reporting by Interfax, ITAR-TASS, and RFE/RL's Moldovan Service
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by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
June 12, 2012 12:35
That's not a picture of Lebed. Why not include a picture of the statue?
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by: Rick from: Milan
June 14, 2012 12:30
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by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
June 14, 2012 13:10
Thanks for the photo. Do you know who paid for the statue? I don't remember all the details, but I seem to recall that prior to his departure from the region, Lebed had fallen out with some of the Transinstria leadership (i.e. Smirnov). Has he now been rehabilitated? This statue might be a good example of 'useful history.'
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by: Rick from: milan
June 14, 2012 23:04
Monument is paid by a committee of citizens , expecially from Bender city , and some private sponsor

For many times authorities of PMR were reluctant about idea of a monument for Lebed
precisely because he was not a supporter of PMR .

For many time was also a problem where to put the monument
always for the resistance of the authorities of PMR .

Lebed is a very loved figure in the city of Bender
authentic martyr city of the brief war with Moldova
and where about 800 civilians have died
under the heavy bombardment of moldavian.

Was just the arrival of General Lebed
sent from Moscow for regain the control of the 14th Army
and his decisive action in defense of the city of Bender
to save many lives in the city
and imposing the end the conflict between Moldova and PMR .

After the war,
Lebed was decorated by the authorities of the PMR
and was also courted for he remain and assume important positions in the PMR establishment

But Lebed had much larger ambitions
PMR was small and also he never was in favor of its creation.
(dissolution of URSS was hard to accept for a man maried with soviet army !)

So it's no surprise that some years later
we find Lebed as candidate for President of the Russian Federation .
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by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
June 15, 2012 12:49
Thanks for the info/perspective. Agree, a bad peace is better than a good war, and believe that Lebed acted correctly back in 1992. Do you live in the region? What are the prospects for the future? Some sort of federation with Moildova? I saw that D. Rogozin visited recently and suggested that Russia would play a more significant role in working out the political status of PMR. What do you think of his efforts?
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by: Anonymous
June 16, 2012 00:14
No , i don't live in this region ,
I am really italian
but i was many time and i know very well
this corner of world

I also agree that LEbed well did in 1992

This was a nasty little war
very badly conducted by Moldova

Moldova that in 1992 not had a regular army
and sent to police to fight
..... "assisted" ....
by bands of so-called patriots

Those "patriots" were moldavian civilians who took the liberty to kill.

Many say that to push the Moldovans to take this bas decision to do war against PMR
were the Romanians
which in fact were many in conflict
both with men both with military forniture

what is important to know AND TO REMEMBER TO Moldovans
is that in those days
PMR initially was not demanding independence
but was proposing a federal state with Moldova
always refused by Chisinau .

So ....
after 22 years we are still here
with the Moldovans who still believe that is possible to retake PMR as if nothing was happened
as if 22 years of "de facto" independence of PMR can be deleted
as if the civilians of Bender were died for nothing .

But the most amazing thing
is that in Moldova do not realize
that their state is too weak for a unification with PMR !

Moldova can’t stand unification economically
because PMR is a state with large deficit problems

with a social policy very expensive and much better than the Moldavian one

with a big debt for Russian gas (about $ 3.5 billion)
that if there is union should pay Moldova

But even in "social circle " Moldova can’t stand unification

in this Moldova, which is every day is more and more romanized
in which the Romanian / Moldovan language is used as a shield against all ethnic opposition

import 500 000 Russians, Ukrainians and Moldavians Russified
would not be so easy !

First, should be inevitable to give to Russian language staus of second state language
but this for many moldavans is unacceptable .... so .... what solution ?

And also the current political power of government,
AIE 2 , formed with many members openly against russia and russian
would be in serious trouble and risk losing the majority if PMR people would vote for Moldovan elections ...

So ....
I think thet the best solution would be to recognize PMR as an indipendent state

Problems that this recognition can give
would be very small
and very minor problems that would give reunifcaion with moldova
and very minor problems that would give maintain the status quo .

The best thing should be that the same moldova recognize the independence of the PMR
...... "science fiction ! "

They never understood that Russia use PMR
as a Trojan Horse for control Moldova ,
and they insist to take this trojan horse in their belly !
The best thing for Moldova
would spit this horse out and
regain its full independence .

No , no chance
they want it !

They want It so strongly
that they are not even available to do a federation
which would be the ideal compromise solution .

my prediction is that no solution for years and years will come .

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