Transnistrian KGB accuses a high school student for “terrorism”
Alexandru Bejan, a high school student was forced in January 2012 by the KGB authorities in Tiraspol (the so-called capital of Transnistria) to transcribe the content of an unknown letter in Russian. Later, on February 29, 2012, two KGB officers kidnapped him from high school during a break. They took him into a car and brought him to the headquarters of KGB in Tiraspol. The student was forced then to “recognize his wrongdoing on committing a terrorist act.” They told him that if he will not confess, he was to be brought to ‘militia’ and then beaten up, or imprisoned for 16 years. KGB officials threatened him for six hours and blackmailed him, the student risking to spend three years in the illegally established prisons from Transnistria.
Alexandru Bejan told Moldova.ORG that he was forced to assume the plaint, being daunted.
“In 2009 when I came to Tiraspol from my hometown for study purposes I have experienced only one incident. An acquaintance of mine got into a fight with an inhabitant, but I was detained and offered evidence, and later convicted for “hooliganism.” That’s all. I have neither understood why I was on the list of those suspected, nor do I understand the results of their examination because I have never written a threatening letter,” Alexandru Bejan said.
The investigation was started in April 2011 by the so-called Minister of Interior from Tiraspol. Several under aged students were questioned. Most of them were intimidated and forced to transcribe unknown texts on separate sheets of paper. After that the letters were examined and later was “proved” that Bejan’s handwriting was similar with the one from the letter with the threat. This way, Alexandru Bejan was accused of “terrorism” and forced to report himself.
“Alexandru was under aged at that moment and was not heard under the international regulations regarding the juvenile justice,” attorney Alexandru Zubco of Promo-LEX association said.
There are many human rights violations in Transnistria every year. Although the international community tries to get involved in such cases, they do not succeed to come up with concrete results due to the powerlessness to force the Transnistrian authorities to take some specific actions.
Transnistria is an internationally unrecognized entity proclaimed in Tiraspol on September 2, 1990, initially styled the Moldavian Transnistrian Soviet Socialist Republic. Currently known as the Moldavian Transnistrian Republic, this breakaway entity consists of a narrow strip of land (180 km by 32 km) nestled between the east bank of the Nistru River and the border of Moldova with Ukraine, on a small part of what used to be, between 1924 and 1940, the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
In 1992 escalated a conflict between Moldova and Russia over this territory. A cease-fire was signed the same year by president of Russia Boris Yeltsin and president of Moldova Mircea Snegur. An agreement to withdraw all Russian forces from the trans-Nistrian districts of the Republic of Moldova was signed by Moldovan Prime Minister Andrei Sangheli and Russian Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin in 1994. It stipulated that the 14th Army was to leave the Republic of Moldova within three years, but the agreement was never ratified by the Duma, Russia’s legislature.Moldova.ORG