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Title Transnistria [videorecording] : trafficking arms on Europe's doorstep / enquête et realisation, Xavier Deleu ; directrice de production, Cecile Degurse ; producteur delegue, Herve Chablier.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 videodisc (ca. 52 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Series The cutting edge
Cutting edge (Television program)
Notes Off-air recording of the SBS-TV program broadcast 01/08/06. Copied under Part 5A of the Copyright Act 1968.
Colour recording system: PAL ; Region all.
'Un film de Xavier Deleu.'
'Une production CAPA avec la participation de CANAL+ et de Planète.'
Contents Copyright notice: Commonwealth of Australia. Copyright Regulations. 1969. Warning
Credits CANAL+ lundi investigation, Emile Raffoul, Stephane Hannaut ; direction des documentaires, Christine Cauquelin.
Summary A film about the Republic of Transnistria, a country not recognised by the international community. Since its birth in 1991, it has eluded international control and become a 'frozen conflict' area. It is a lawless zone run by a tiny corrupt clique, a neo-Communist dictatorship, headed by President Igor Smirnov. Transnistria is a breakaway entity from Moldava, consisting of only a tiny strip of land, situated east of Romania, between Moldova and Ukraine. Behind its non-existent border, anyone can buy any kind of weapon one fancies from its ample 'military stockpiles'. It seems that weapons from there had wound their way, with complete impunity, into the hands of rebel groups and terrorists, operating in the Caucasus, Africa and more recently, Iraq. Though only a 3-hour flight from Paris, it is almost as close as North Korea. No serious investigations have ever been conducted in Transnistria, mainly because it is very difficult to get inside, and it has kept a low profile. With the opening of the military airport in Tiraspol and direct access to the port of Odessa, Transnistria has become a major hub for trafficking cigarettes, alcohol and arms. The documentary reveals how this ultra-secretive pseudo-state functions, and how it has become a base for arms dealers and a key player in international terrorism. Profiles the President and his clique, through interviews and camera footage. Looks also at the ethnic Moldovan community, their status in Transnistria, and relationships with the neo-Communist regime.
Original Version First released: [France] : CAPA [avec la participation de CANAL+ et de Planète], c2005.
System notes DVD
Language notes Closed-captioned in English and French; Russian dialogues with English subtitles.
Other author Deleu, Xavier.
Raffoul, Emile.
Hannaut, Stephane.
CAPA (Firm)
Studio Canal+
Subject Smirnov, Igorʹ Nikolaevich, 1941-
Arms control -- Dniester Moldovan Republic
Illegal arms transfers -- Dniester Moldovan Republic
Black market -- Dniester Moldovan Republic
Moldovans -- Dniester Moldovan Republic -- Politics and government
Presidents -- Dniester Moldovan Republic -- Biography
Smuggling -- Dniester Moldovan Republic
Transnational crime -- Dniester Moldovan Republic
Dniester Moldovan Republic -- Politics and government
Dniester Moldovan Republic -- Foreign relations
Former Soviet republics -- Politics and government
Variant Title Trafficking arms on Europe's dootstep
French title: Transnistria, trafic d'armes au portes de l'Europe