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Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

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20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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Ernest Vardanean testifies he was a spy for Moldova, Chisinau rejects accusations

The journalist arrested in Tiraspol on April 7, Ernest Vardanean, who was accused of betrayal and espionage, testified in a video shot broadcast last evening by the Transnistrian TV channel, testified he had worked with the Chisinau Security Intelligence Service.
Moldova Azi, 13 May 2010, 3:58
Video capture: Ernest Vardanean
Video capture: Ernest Vardanean

Vardanean says he started working with SIS in 2001, when he studied in Chisinau. He said he had carried out some subversive actions against Transnistria. Vardanean also gave names of SIS agents who he had cooperated with.

During the same program, the Minister of Transnistrian Security (MGB), Vladimir Antiufeev, stated the authorities did not have anything against Vardanean as journalist. His personality was considered as a SIS spy, that was "our enemy". Antiufeev stated he had recently had a meeting with Vardanyan. The latter asked him to make a statement on the Transnistrian TV channel in order to testify he had worked with Moldova secret services. „Vardanyan realized the seriousness of the crime committed. Thus, he decided to cooperate with the law enforcement structures", Antiufeev said.

Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration, Victor Osipov, asserts journalist Ernest Vardanean was forced to testify.
„I do not want to pay much attention to this statement. In fact, we anticipated his self denunciation. When you know your wife and children are expecting you to come back home, you would obviously say anything. Yet, who will believe his words? We did not need to capture him for he had nothing to tell us", Victor Osipov stated.

Ernest Vardanyan has recently written in his Internet diary he was under physical and psychological pressure. The message was posted on the internet by a MGB employee. In the message, Vardanyan rejected the accusations of espionage and betrayal. He warns people should not trust his words in case he self testifies.

Journalist Ernest Vardanyan is kept under arrest by the Transnistrian security structures for more than a month. He may be sent to prison for a term of 12 to 20 years, if the law court considers him guilty of espionage.


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