Russia’s federal elections last weekend rekindled the debate over Transnistria, prompting Moldovan officials to say that “despite the position constantly expressed by the Moldovan authorities, the Russian side has acted in a way that does not correspond to the principle of sovereignty. and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova and the bilateral legal framework ”, IPN reports, referring to EU Reporter.
The source quotes the professor of political science and expert in the ex-Soviet space, Armand Gosu, that the elections for the Russian Duma held on the territory of Moldova are “indisputably a violation of the sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova.” He says that Moscow negotiated directly with Tiraspol (the capital of the separatist space on the left bank of the Dniester) the opening and operation of polling stations on the territory of the separatist republic, which meant that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova is not recognized.
In addition to the districts on the left bank of the Dniester, Russian authorities have opened polling stations in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, as well as in the cities of Comrat and Balti, obtaining the largest number of polling stations opened by Russia outside its borders.
The source also refers to the opinion of Valeriu Pasa from the WatchDog.MD Community, who stated for EU Reporter that “I cannot call what is happening in Russia elections. It’s nothing but a prank. Therefore, the issue of a secure electoral process in Transnistria falls into the same category.
“For separatist leaders, it is important to show loyalty to the Kremlin by offering as many votes as possible for Putin’s party,” Gosu told EU Reporter. Commenting, in context, on the nature of the elections in Russia, the expert revealed that “the elections in Russia are neither fair nor reflect the will of the electorate.”
Last week’s Transnistrian elections for the Russian Duma were widely used to present Russia’s crucial role in “aid and support” for the region. The reality, however, presents another story about Russia’s aid, as well as about trade with one of outpostof the Russian world, one of the poorest regions in Europe.