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Jamason, for your dissertation you should check out the essays on this page:

It contains first-hand accounts for many of the fighters who participated in the 1992 war of Transnistria. In particular, the texts show the strength of feeling of community, and how this is an internationally-oriented patriotic sentiment which crosses the ethnic and national divides.

It should be required reading for those who claim that the conflict is "economic" or "fuelled only by elites," something which completely misses the point. - Mauco 15:28, 12 July 2006 (UTC)


I have also greatly enjoyed our discussion. Good luck with your dissertation. TSO1D 00:00, 22 July 2006 (UTC)

Ditto here! I would enjoy seeing you more active on Wikipedia in the future. Not just on the Smirnov page, but in general. - Mauco 13:19, 22 July 2006 (UTC)

Transnistria talk page[edit]

As I heard you made some studies about Transnistria, please join Transnistria talk page where is a dispute between me and Mauco on this topic. Thanks.--MariusM 09:07, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

If you know Romanian, you may find this link interesant for your studies about Transnistria.--MariusM 11:00, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for your note on Moldovan identity. I just picked up the Charles King book, part of a series from which I also have "The Latvians" (by a different author, obviously). I'm fairly snowed under, so it will take a while to read (but will be well worth it, I'm sure). I also have an MIT study done for the government which I need to go back to and look for Moldova. I'm not sure that claims for the legitimacy of a "separate" Moldovan state would be that undermined, as Moldavia as a geographic entity populated by ethnic Romanians has existed for hundreds of years. (And it was only the creation of Bessarabia in the Russian empire in the wake of Napoleon's eastern European campaign that Moldavia moved west of the Dniester. And "undermining" would strengthen the case of those seeking reunification with Romania. —Pēters J. Vecrumba 02:56, 27 November 2006 (UTC)

Your dissertation[edit]

Is your dissertation about Transnistria available somewhere on-line? I would like to read it, as I am interested also in the Soviet (especially Moldovan) politics and about Transnistria. If your work is not on-line I would appreciate if you can e-mail me the relevant parts about Transnistria. We may discuss further this kind of issues. Thanks.--MariusM 14:51, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

Erm, may I somehow take a teensy little look at it as well? Likwise Transnistria related. :-) --Illythr 01:52, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

14th Army, PMR 1992[edit]

John, I just sent you an excerpt from and some fascinating "insider" Nixon Center information. Enjoy! - Mauco 16:48, 23 September 2006 (UTC)


Hi Bhadani: I think this ( was a mistake. I was editing my own userpage, I just hadn't remembered to sign in (i.e. definitely not vandalism). Thanks! Jamason 21:09, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

Hi Jamsin, fine. I deleted the page so that unnecessary conclusions may not be drawn at a future date. Have a nice time, and all the best! --Bhadani 01:18, 24 September 2006 (UTC)

Original research[edit]

Keep reading the guidelines and the policies. The main one: Verifiability. I think that you are more than in clear with your work (and more so than 95% of everyone else who contribute here), BUT if you still have a specific concern, then come see me and let us work on fixing it together. You know that I've sent you sources in the past, and I am sure that in the future I will be able to find the sources to support what you say and thus avoid the charge of original research. After all, it is not as if you are making any outrageous or exceptional claims which are not substantiated by the source material... - Mauco 01:49, 24 September 2006 (UTC)

Transnistria, use of your name[edit]

Another editor made the following change in the opening para of the main Transnistria article, claiming that this was done after talking to you:

"The unrecognised state made a declaration of independence in September 2, 1990, and gradually imposed its power at most of pretended teritorry through a campaign of intimidation and forced eviction of Moldova's loyalist civil servants."

In the changelog we can see that he says that this phrasing is the result of discussions with you ....Not so sure, however, as he has a history of lying and deceiving in the past. That is why I thought that I would check with the person whose good name is being used. You can either answer directly or else on the Transnistria Talk-page where I have also raised my concern. Or, if you prefer, just email me like you did yesterday. - Mauco 02:22, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

I responded on Transnistria's talk page. The conversation to which he is referring is also on that page under the title "de facto independence" (you are already familiar with it since you took part). I may not have made my objections to the changes clear enough at that time, or he may not have intended to imply that I agreed to the changes, only that we discussed them. Either way, I offered an alternative that might be acceptable to all three of us. Jamason 04:48, 26 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to give us all such a detailed and well considered reponse. This is a good opportunity to clean up an opening section which has suffered for the past several years of the "too many cooks in the kitchen" syndrome. I have made a suggestion on the Talk page of Transnistria. I hope that you see things the same way and will second my proposal. - Mauco 05:43, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

Comments on your thesis[edit]

Just to informe you that I sent through e-mail my comments on your dissertation.--MariusM 13:04, 4 October 2006 (UTC)



There are archives for this. Its not a subect anyone is overly interested in and a queiry on the same subject matter could raise eyebrows.

A tad far for you to travel I'd guess.

Take a look at the tragedy of the 'wine blockade' and how it hurts everyone.

Looks like the Americans are going to buy the wine en-masse so it may be solved.

similar story in PMR but no breakthrough


Alan, I don't understand Mark's comment at all. Do you? I am mildly sympathetic to Tiraspol Times[1] but this paragraph is not constructive at all. I don't get it. Is he critical of you because you are American? Remember that on your own user page and talk page, you are in control. Just clean out what you don't consider helpful. - Mauco 23:37, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
Indeed! Luckily other inquiries have been more fruitful. Asking Mr. Street was something of a shot in the dark, but this was an unexpected response. Jamason 04:28, 19 October 2006 (UTC)


Would you agree that Grigore Mărăcuţă can be considered one of the founding fathers of the PMR and/or that played an instrumental part in its proclamation? If so, would you also agree that this is one of his defining characteristics or at least important enought that it should be mentioned in his Wikipedia encyclopedia entry? I thought so, based on my own understanding of the situation, but I would like another opinion on the matter too. My entry to this effect has repeatedly [2] [3] [4] been deleted by another user (someone who has a Romanian nationalist viewpoint and goes by the handle of "MariusM"), even with the usage of misleading edit summaries[5]. - Mauco 13:54, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

I would absolutely agree that Mărăcuţă deserves an article. I would also agree that attempts to add such information as "one of the only natives..." are politically motivated and inappropriate. Maybe as a compromise the article could include the 'one of three architects' sentence but leave out their respective ethnicities. But that is only a suggestion if you think it consensus can (or should) be reached. I completely support you on this issue. Jamason 14:42, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
You should probably participate in the talk here, Talk:Grigore Mărăcuţă, rather than on your talk page. Be warned, though, that the discourse can get rough at times. Those who don't agree with a particular set of facts are prone to stoop to personal attacks rather than to argue the merits of their edit proposals. - Mauco 15:02, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

First PMR Supreme Soviet and first PMR government[edit]

Do you have a complete list of first PMR Supreme Soviet and first PMR government, with biographical data of the members? I want to make a study regarding how many natives were part of PMR leadership. After last elections, based on, the situation is: 15 out of 43 are natives (12 from Transnistria and 3 from Bender-Chiţcani area), 3 don't have the birth place mentioned, the rest came from other places of Soviet Union. I would like to check if this situation - the majority of Transnistrian leadership is not native from Transnistria - was the same or even more clear at the begining of PMR. You mentioned in your thesis the speech against "newcomers" of an anti-PMR political leader, I wonder if this remark is not factually correct.--MariusM 19:45, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for your informations. I used it in Transnistria talk page [6].--MariusM 14:36, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

Mediation in Transnistrian referendum[edit]

Hi, Jamason. I know you have some influence on Mauco. Can you please convince him to accept mediation for the article Transnistrian referendum, 2006? A RFM was filed [7] in 4 October, Mediation Comitee accepted to hear the case, Mauco is the only one who shows a disruptive behaviour refusing mediation. Thanks in advance.--MariusM 12:43, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

Hi Marius. Thanks for the invite. However, I have to decline. First, I looked over the dispute and I don't know the issue well enough to make any meaningful contribution. Second, it would take me hours to read all of the discussion that has already gone back and forth. Finally, I usually try to stay away from anything that didn't take place in 1989-1992. Edit what you know is my motto. Good luck. Jamason 15:15, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

Other 3 books about Transnistrian conflict[edit]

I've sent you an e-mail about it.--MariusM 11:28, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

Perhaps something non-Pridnestrov'ian?[edit]

Regarding your studies, I would be very interested in any research on the influence Soviet propaganda continues to exert in the post-Soviet era.
   I should mention my father was a renowned mushroomer--though my talents are less developed, and I'm a board member of the Latvian National Opera Guild. Perhaps we'll have a chance to "meet" somewhere less Wiki-contentious than Talk:Transnistria. Best regards, Pēters J. Vecrumba 17:02, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Hi Peters,
Thanks for your note. I would be hard-pressed to provide much info on Soviet propaganda in the post-Soviet era. Are you mostly interested in the post-Soviet republics, or are you talking more broadly (including, for example, in Western academia, etc.?) The place to start, I would imagine, is with the Second World War. If there were any Soviet legacy that still exerts influence in the corner of the world which with I am familiar, that would be it. There was considerable PMR secessionist use of the war both during the conflict and more recently. Do you speak Russian? If so I can provide citations. FBIS is a goldmine (in English) if your interests go back to early 1990s.
Glad to hear there is another opera fan out there in the Transnistria-related wiki-world. I am more of a neophyte, but I'm quickly expanding my familiarity.
By the way, have you ever run across any information about work collectives in Lativa during the collapse? I think my research is going to take me to Estonia where there was an analogous OSTK phenomenon, but I am still trying to gauge the extent to which this spread to other republics as well.
Thanks, and warm regards. — jamason 17:31, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

About the reference, it's, the Latvian Crimes Against Humanity site, 3rd paragraph under Antjufejevs (unfortunately in Latvian), article, "Where have the 'last of the empire's warriors' gone?" The 4th paragraph talks about Antjufejev and the rest answering to higher authorities in Latvia, according to Bergman. Considering he was the Tiraspol commandant under Lebed, he would be in a position to know. With some luck, you might be able to hunt down an English reference. (I'm pretty sure I found one earlier, but I can't reproduce the search result--there are so many different transliterations of Antyufeyev.) The circumstances of Bergman's statement aren't indicated. Best regards, Peters
P.S. No need for any apologies! If you want to see how being helpful can go terribly wrong, check Talk:Jogaila and look for me. —Pēters J. Vecrumba 19:07, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

P.S. I did find... "36. Vasiliy TIMOSHENKO" following, testified hearing about the ambulance incident and that it was perpetrated by Moldovans: So confirmation that an incident (very most likely) occurred and that it was (very most definitely) blamed on Moldovans. —Pēters J. Vecrumba 20:00, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Since the ambulance shooting has come up again in a slightly different context, perhaps someone will come up with a Russian or Romanian reference to the ambulance incident and Bergman's statement regarding it. Also, on De Waal, while I appreciate your outside objectivity, agreeing that RFE/RL is after all propaganda, is agreeing to one thing from your perspective, while your agreement will be used as fodder from a completely different perspective by Mark Street (it's therefore all a lie, as he has already stated). Rather than admonish you for being naive, I'd just suggest you remember to read between the lines as well. :-) —Pēters J. Vecrumba 18:50, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

Hi Peters. You are actually thinking of someone else. It looks like Jonathanpops is the one who said that RFE/RL is propaganda. Truthfully, though, in my own mind and in the minds of academics I know, Vlad Socor does not command a particularly large amount of respect.
I hadn't ever heard of the ambulance shooting incident so I wouldn't be able to give a different source. There were, however, more than enough atrocities to go around. If you are interested here is a report published online (written by a well-respected Soviet/Russian NGO "Memorial"). I can direct you to other sources if you have access to inter-library loan. Best, jamason 21:23, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
I really should NOT do this stuff early in the day! :-) Thanks for the reference. :-) Peters Pēters J. Vecrumba 05:30, 25 November 2006 (UTC) and obviously not late in the day, either!

Democracy in Transnistria[edit]

Hi Jamason, as we had some debates about political freedom in Transnistria, I believe it will be interesting for you to check (Moldovan Helsinki Comitee for Human Rights). Look at Publications - Articles - Interview on Transnistria with Stefan Urîtu. I quote: "Only in one village, named Kitscani, which is situated between territory controlled by smirnov regime and territory controlled by constitutional structure since 1996 till 2000 we registered more than 20 killed person, including 4 raped young girls. Till now, nobody was engaged in investigation of these crimes. Moldova declares that has no access, and the tiraspol regime does not wish it to do(make): "not in interests of republic", - have declared in Office of Public Prosecutor of the self-proclaimed republic to group of inhabitants of this village achieving validity. In embassy of the Russian Federation him have advised to wait while self-proclaimed republic will be recognized. And in local mission of OSCE have told that it is already out-of-date cases. It is supposed that these murders are accomplished by young guys from a paramilitary platoon, dislocated here by smirnov regime. It confirms one of former employees of this platoon and that that the divisional militian, lieutenant Tulush, investigating murder of the 17-th year’s guy, was hung up directly in a building where the platoon is located. Hardly later major Burduzha, investigating case of murder of the subordinate, was blown up in the machine when approached(dropped in) on this village". Your question if it is possible to advocate union with Moldova in Transnistria looks naive to me. Facts are important, not words.--MariusM 22:36, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

Hi Marius, thanks for the link, but you didn't understand my comment. I also don't think we have ever talked about democracy in Transnistria before. You must be thinking of someone else. jamason 23:48, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

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Jamason, these images are going to be deleted if they are not under GFDL or similar wikipedia-friendly terms. If you want, I can contact Anna Volkova and get a release. She is this friendly, overweight bear of woman and I am sure that she would be happy to help wikipedia (once she finds out what it is). - Mauco 01:59, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
hmm...guess I should stick to text, eh? Thanks, Mauco. This probably isn't a project that warrants contacting Volkova, though. I doubt many of those in my sandbox are going to get articles. I was just playing around. Thanks. jamason 15:07, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
If they will make it out of the sandbox, let us get pictures. I will be glad to help. Speaking of which: The Marakutsa article still has no photo. It ought to get one. Likewise Karaman. - Mauco 15:33, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
That's a good point. Unfortunately, none of the books I have include photos of either of those two men. In fact, I've never seen a picture of Karaman. There are a few of Maracutsa that I'm aware of floating around—including one on the Supreme Soviet site—but I'm still a little confused about how to use images such as that one on wikipedia. Maybe I'll look over the guidelines a little more closely when I get some time. On the first point, do you have contact info for Volkova? jamason 23:43, 20 December 2006 (UTC)

Mark us street[edit]

Jamason, Mark us street didn't leave Wikipedia as he told. He only edited under other names. I caught him using 2 sockpuppets after he told he left Wikipedia Request for check user confirmed, probabily he will use or already is using more sockpuppets. His job is to make on-line propaganda for Tiraspol regime, he will do this as long he is paid for it. He just realized is not a good tactic to openly admit he is editor of Tiraspol Times. I am expecting a lot of sockpuppets invading Transnistria-related articles in Wikipedia.--MariusM 18:51, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

Russian name is English?[edit]

How come Dniestr is the English name? Romanian name should be first used since Russian came only after Romanians and for 2000 years ago the name was Nistru since the Greek and Roman Empire. Where do you think had Russians took the name? --Diana Teodorescu 20:02, 29 December 2006 (UTC)


That must have been an edit conflict, i am sorry, I am not really new-new, but I am not a super experienced user either, well it was certainly not intentional that is for sure Pernambuco 20:23, 29 December 2006 (UTC)


First, Happy New Year!
I've noticed your interest in Transnistria, and maybe you would like to vote in the survey on the inclusion in Tiraspol article of the images with the Soviet tank monument in Tiraspol and Transnistrian Government building in Tiraspol with statue of Lenin in front. The survey is here. Thank you, Dl.goe

Talk:Parliament of Transnistria[edit]

The article Transnistrian Supreme Soviet was moved by Mauco at Parliament of Transnistria. I believe the official name is still Supreme Soviet, the law was never changed, even if there is an attempt of Transnistrian authorities to de-sovietize their image, and Mauco is supporting this attempt (see also his former advocacy for the flag without hammer and sickle). Please join Talk:Parliament of Transnistria and tell your view.--MariusM 00:07, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Please give DIFFs for these accusations, MariusM. And please also let me know what law you are talking about: The one that you say "never changed" ... which law might that be? All the PMR laws and decrees are online right here: so just point me to the one that you are talking about. - Mauco 00:10, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Is the Constitution of PMR which name the legislative body as Supreme Soviet. Don't need to lose time searching for diffs as jamason was participant in debates and I believe he remembers your position about the flag. Or are you denying the fact that you moved the article about Supreme Soviet at Parliament?--MariusM 01:07, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Which article of the PMR Constitution, please? And if you will not give me DIFFs then please retract your accusations. With regards to the move, the motivation is public. It is present in that article's talk and in the edit log. There is no need to deny it. Why would I? After locating an official source, a previous naming error was corrected and the page now resides under its correct name. You may also want to consult the template "Politics of Transnistria" where, for the past year or so, there has never been a mention of any 'Supreme Soviet'. It is called Parliament (which is the same word used in the official English translation of the PMR constitution). - Mauco 01:14, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
What is this disscussion about? Are you against the idea that jamason can give his thoughts about this dispute? Proper place to disscuss is talk page of the article, not this page. You are wikistalking me, almost each time I write a message to somebody you are coming to comment my message. You did this even in my own talk page, where you were not the subject of discussion. I am flatered by the attention you give me.--MariusM 01:30, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I am merely asking for sources. Such as DIFFs to back up what you are saying about me, or sources to the laws that you site, and to the non-existing article in a constitution which you are obviously not very intimately familiar with. There is nothing wrong with asking for sources to support an edit. In fact, it is one of the main pillars of Wikipedia to do so. - Mauco 02:05, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
It seems like a judgement call to me; it could be translated as either "Supreme Soviet" or "parliament." This isn't really an issue I feel strongly about, or care to become involved in. jamason 01:51, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Совет means Council. The parliament calls itself the "Supreme Council" in English, and the wording "Supreme Soviet" is not used in English in any official form. There is no such designation in the official English version of the PMR constitution either. - Mauco 02:04, 3 January 2007 (UTC)


First mainstream newspaper article I have seen which explores the theme of your thesis and attempts to frame the concept: (just skip the first third, but it gets interesting about half way thru) - Mauco 03:21, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Interesting article. Thanks jamason 02:08, 6 March 2007 (UTC)


I was talking to someone from Transnistria today, roughly your age, college-educated. Just chit chat, and then it turns to politics. She of course confirmed that not even the Moldovans there will welcome Moldova with flowers, goes without saying, so I made a casual comment to the effect that "well, they are pro-PMR nationalists too."

Alan, what a wrong choice of words. She got very, very offended: "We are not nationalists!!!" That was like a taboo word, and I didn't even stop to consider it. But then I thought of your thesis. How right you are. - Mauco 18:35, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

I'm back[edit]

Hi. I came back at Wikipedia after more than one month wikibreak and Transnistria's talk page is fun again [8], [9].--MariusM 20:59, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

My Trip[edit]

Hello, I didn't really intend to focus on my trip's purpose so much. But I can tell you that the situation there has dramatically improved in every sphere. The issues on the ground do not match the issues on the Transnistria page which is mainly Moldovan outdated position balanced by some proTransnistrian stuff too. House prices have risen 50% in one year, German cars are everywhere and the shops are more fancy and better stocked. The educational establishments have improved somewhat and the Hospitals are not far off western standards. The banking system is tightly controlled and money laundering is impossible. There are downsides, The freedom of the press is still an issue. as is Sheriff's monopoly in the mobile phone market mainly, and as government funds deplete Russia gains more and more control over enterprises etc. The customs regulations are considered by everyone to be an economic blockade to economically collapse the country and it the interim hurt those not remotely interested in the political fight. The young people are more anti European than ever which is utterly depressing. Tiraspol is extremely safe even to walk the streets late at night. That's about the height of it. As for Wiki there are those like Marius that believe the onlly way to solve anything here is to ram them into the ground. Sadly this is having the opposite effect but its pointless trying to change him and his friends, to them it is a policy of destruction of PMR reputation regardless of impact to real folks there. I am unable to assist those here so for now the Black Propagandaists hold the day.Buffadren 13:34, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

Buffadren, or should I say better Des Grant? We know it's you Des Grant, show us your picture when you gave "your containers with humanitarian loads". Your "medical equipment". —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 16:34, 12 May 2007 (UTC).

Tell us, Desmond Grant have you met Dmitry Tokarev?

Transnistria today...[edit]


is anyone on this page actually living in Transnistria today? i only ask as i am a social scientist (anthropologist) from the US working on a dissertation project in Transnistria. Jamason - I don't know about the archive situation but I may be of help as I am good friends with a Moldovan historian in the states who has(had) access.


Merry Christmans and a happy new year!--MariusM (talk) 16:49, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Almost recognition[edit]

Take a look at that, hehe. :-) --Illythr (talk) 19:07, 5 April 2008 (UTC)


Take a look at this is you have the time. It's in Russian, but it's relatively fresh (2006) and could prove somewhat useful, if only for some pointers. Nice photos, too. --Illythr (talk) 23:18, 8 April 2008 (UTC)


Romanian press also published Voronin's declarations. If you learned meantime Romanian you can check Mediafax (one of the main Romanian press agencies), Gândul, Evenimentul Zilei and many others. I am in a short vacation after Orthodox Easter, next week maybe we can share some thoughts on this subject.--MariusM (talk) 23:12, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

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