Commission for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Moldova


Commission for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Moldova
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The Commission for the Study and Evaluation of the Communist Totalitarian Regime of the Republic of Moldova (Romanian: Comisia pentru studierea şi aprecierea regimului comunist totalitar din Republica Moldova) is a commission instituted in Moldova by acting President Mihai Ghimpu to investigate the Communist regime and provide a comprehensive report allowing for the condemnation of Communism as experienced by Moldova.

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Formation

On January 14, 2010 Moldova’s Acting President, Speaker Mihai Ghimpu decreed to set up a special Commission for the Study and Evaluation of the Totalitarian Communist Regime in the Republic of Moldova. The commission aims at studying the crimes of Soviet regime in the former Moldavian SSR from 1940 to 1991. It will cover also the period before 1940 related to Moldavian ASSR established by Moscow on the left bank of Dniester River in 1924, on Ukrainian territory. The commission is mandated to deliver a report by June 1, 2010 and subsequently to publish several volumes of documents on the main aspectes related to communist terror in Soviet Moldavia as well as to other human rights infringements.

Commission is headed by historian Gheorghe E. Cojocaru, the vice presidents are Igor Caşu and Sergiu Musteaţă, and the secretary being Mihail Taşcă. Igor Caşu contributed to the Presidential Commission for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Romania.

The presidential decree no. 165 was issued according to resolutions 1096/1996 and 1481/2006 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Art. 94 of the Constitution of Moldova (1994)[1].

A few days after the presidential decree was issued, Vladimir Tismăneanu[who?] wrote:

The press release on the establishment of the Commission for the study and evaluation the Moldovan Communist dictatorship is undoubtedly a historic moment. Interim President Mihai Ghimpu gesture proves vision, morality and political will. Official condemnation of the communist dictatorship as illegitimate and criminal became inevitable. In Moldova, anti-communism is not an illusion anymore. As well as in Romania or in other states where the Bolshevik recipe of destruction of human liberties has been applied.[2]

Members

The members of the Commission are:

  1. linguist Vasile Bahnaru,
  2. writer Vladimir Beşleagă,
  3. lawyer Ion Casian,
  4. economist Sergiu Chircă,
  5. political scientist Lilia Crudu,
  6. historian Andrei Cuşco,
  7. historian Demir Dragnev,
  8. historian Nicolae Enciu,
  9. historian Andrei Eşanu,
  10. political scientist Victor Juc,
  11. historian Alexandru Moşanu,
  12. historian Gheorghe Negru,
  13. sociologist Petru Negură,
  1. historian Viorica Olaru-Cemîrtan,
  2. historian Gheorghe Palade,
  3. historian Pavel Parasca,
  4. historian Anatol Petrencu,
  5. historian Elena Postică,
  6. philosophe Ion Sîrbu,
  7. jurist Andrei Smochină,
  8. historian Veaceslav Stăvilă,
  9. historian Igor Şarov,
  10. historian Ion Şişcanu,
  11. historian Ludmila Tihonov,
  12. historian Octavian Ţicu,
  13. historian Ion Varta

Activity

The commission is formed of 30 members, comprising doctors in history, sociology, philology, economics, philosophy and law. The commission will study and analyze the 1917-1991 period of the communist regime. The activity of Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova during 2001–2009 years will be not covered by the report if only it will be proved that it perpetuated some practices of the former Communist Party of Moldova. According to its Statute adopted in 2008, article 1, the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova is a "lawful successor and heir of the Communist Party of [Soviet] Moldavia both in terms of ideas and traditions".

The Commission for the Study and Evaluation of the Communist Totalitarian Regime in Moldova met in its first session on January 17, when there were created 7 work groups in order to study the documents and the materials regarding the activity of the main institutions involved in the establishment and perpetuating the communist totalitarian regime in Moldova.

Final report

The Commission was to present its report to the President until June 1, 2010. It is supposed that the report will be adopted as an official document of the Moldovan Presidency and also endorsed by the ruling Alliance for European Integration, which holds 53 seats out of 101 seats in the Parliament.

Before that, on the 24th and 25 May 2010 the Commission organized an international conference in which took part historians of Communism, social scientists and journalists from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as other countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Germany, France and United States.

Footnotes

  1. ^ 165/14.01.2010 Decret privind constituirea Comisiei pentru studierea si aprecierea regimului comunist totalitar din Republica Moldova, Monitorul Oficial 5-7/3, 19.01.2010
  2. ^ Timpul, January 21, 2010, "Un moment istoric: Comisia de studiere a comunismului"

External links

second part - http://www.enews.md/articles/view/274/, third part - http://www.enews.md/articles/view/281/


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