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Cautious Optimism for Transnistria

April 5, 2012 - Example Author - New Eastern Europe newsletter


An exclusive interview with the new president of Transnistria, Yevgeny Shevchuk, and his thoughts on the West, corruption and the economy.

Cautious Optimism for Transnistria

By: Marcin Kosienkowski & William Schreiber

Some have called him the Obama of Transnistria, Moldova’s breakaway republic. He has youthful looks and a change-fueled campaign propelled him to an upset election victory over incumbent President Igor Smirnov, a 20-year strongman, and a Moscow-endorsed candidate with corporate ties.

But in an interview earlier this month, Yevgeny Shevchuk’s message was pure Clinton. On the prospects for conflict negotiations, democracy in the quasi-state, his attitude toward the West, the answer stays the same: It’s the economy, stupid.

To read the full article please visit: https://www.neweasterneurope.eu/node/277


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