Last week Nato's commander in Europe named Transnistria the next flashpoint between Putin and the west. It is home to 2,000 Russian troops and an arms dump that could, if called for, resupply an entire army of Russian troops, should it make the journey across neighbouring Ukraine. That's what the generals are worried about.The EU politicians and dignitaries of western political and economic institutions do not care about the ordinary citizens of the ex-Soviet lands and only about extending their markets in both goods and, through NATO expansion , the lucrative sale of state-of-the-art sophisticated weaponry.
the enclave has been named a major centre for organised crime, with tobacco- and alcohol-smuggling top of the list, and money laundering alleged. But – and here's what the geo-politicians tend to ignore – it is tangibly better-off.
Yes, there are monuments to Lenin. Yes, the supreme soviet is dominated by a political party aligned to a football club. But what's important to the women in headscarves in the estate I visited, once you get to -30C on a winter's night, is the gas price. Thanks to Vladimir Putin, it is negligible. Pensions are higher than in Moldova. And there is employment: the army pays $300 (£180) a month and sustains a military-related economy. ( Paul Mason, If Transnistria is the next flashpoint between Putin and the west, how should Europe react? Guardian April 1 2014 )
Transnistria and its capital Tiraspol have never been part of Moldova but only the Moldovan SSR created by Stalin in 1940 as a means to 'Russify' it. the western controlled OSCE has constantly rejected calls for a referendum in the land to determine its sovereignty while advancing that in places such as Kosovo.
NATO belligerence and threats of training exercises in former Soviet states serve only to consolidate Putin's agenda about the need to gather in the Russian populations of the ex-USSR back into Mother Russia because Russians feel they have been treated as second rate in ex-Soviet states.
Worse, the EU and US have both contrived to turn a blind eye to revanchist anti-Russian nationalists who want to absorb Transnistria as part of 'Greater Moldova', an entity that would be closely aligned to Romania and politicians who laud the wartime dictator Antonescu.
Such politicians were a prominent force in Moldova the now forgotten 2008 'Twitter Revolution" when a social media flashmob sought to forcibly oust the democratically elected Vladimir Voronin. The fake choreographed "revolution" was led and financed by USAID and shady oil rich oligarchs.
As Anatoly Karlin points out the Twitter Revolution was led by unsavoury characters posing as thrustinng, dynamic, idealistic and youthful democrats. The reality was very different, just as it has been in a significant way duting the uprising in Kiev this year.
'Oleg Brega is a proud member of the.. Hyde Park organization, which is headed by Gheorghe Brega, a Romanian citizen and member of Ghimpu’s Liberal Party. The front page of its website features a diatribe against “Bolshevik tyranny” by the historian Iacob Golovca who is “President of the Civic Association for the Abolition of the Consequences of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact”. Dr. Golovca is a Romanian ultra-nationalist – he refers to Moldova by its old regional name of Bessarabia and calls for its return into “Romania’s bosom”, without the “gangrenous germ” of Transnistria which is to be “amputated”. Antonescu is a “martyr and hero of all Romanians!”, Russians are the tyrannous, perennial enemies of the Romanian people and he hates Ukraine too.'With the Crimea rejoining Russia, the fear is that the ultimate gameplan of rolling NATO forward into the Caucasus and Central Asia is being checked. The geopolitical game being played out in ex-Soviet lands has less to do with 'democracy promotion' and more with control over oil and gas supplies.
Essentially, what is happening is that western taxpayer's money is being used through various means to advance rigged 'democratic' governments or else to encourage semi-democracies and even dictatorships Central Asia to draw nearer to NATO, an organisation increasingly resembling Orwell's Oceania.