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Transnistria chooses Russia2011-12-27 13:51
Presidential elections in TMR ended with quite predictable victory of ex-Speaker of Parliament Yevgeny Shevchuk. He is known both in Russia and the EU. Shevchuk is sole Transnistrian politician who can travel to Chisinau. For the EU he is persona non grata. Once upon a time Shevchuk was a man of Igor Smirnov, who was the head of the republic for four times. Ex-Speaker won these elections as the opposition leader. What will be the new president Transnistria?
During the election campaign Yevgeny Shevchuk seemed lone wolf. He was supported neither by Moscow nor by Chisinau or local nomenclature. But in fact, Shevchuk is the most convenient figure for all the obvious and not-so players at the Transnistrian stage. It becomes clear from the interview of the political analyst Vladimir Bukarsky, he gave to GTimes.
- What happens after the election with the men of now former president Igor Smirnov?
- I think that Smirnov's security would be guaranteed by special law, and this will further enhance rating Yevgeny Shevchuk. Smirnov's team will be evaluated by their professional qualities. Perhaps some of them will work with the new president. However, the most notorious figures of Smirnov's team would have to find a new job, but some of them will need a good lawyer.
- Who is Yevgeny Shevchuk? How well Russian government knows him?
- For Russia, Shevchuk is a well-known figure. He was actively engaged with the Kremlin and the United Russia until 2009, when he was dismissed from the posts of the chairman of the Supreme Council and leader of the "Renovation". Nevertheless, in Russia there are people who actively support Shevchuk throughout all the period. For example - former employee of Russian presidential administration Modest Kolerov. Shevchuk actively participated in Kolerov's project "International Russia", which involved a number of pro-Russian politicians abroad. So, I think that the Kremlin can re-engage with Shevchuk.
Moldova binds some hope with Shevchuk: that he would be more constructive, compliant politician in the negotiations. In contrast to Smirnov, Shevchuk was born in Transnistria (in Moldova village Stroentsy), studied at the Kishinev Agricultural Institute. He is one of the few politicians in Transnistria, who can freely visit Chisinau. However, it's prematurely to link any expectation of a "revolutionary" breakthrough in the negotiations after his appearance.