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Kuzio, Taras. 2002 ‘Arms for Chechens and Taliban.’ Jane's Intelligence Digest, p. 2. London: Jane's. 11 January

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The separatist Trans-Dniester region [of Moldova, bordering Ukraine] has long been regarded as an 'economic black hole' through which all types of contraband moves: from cigarettes, oil and gas to weapons …

A major trans-shipment point for Trans-Dniester's illicitly exported weapons are Ukrainian ports in the Odessa region. The Trans-Dniester groups have their own people in Illichevsk and Odessa who fabricate documents for goods shipped via Ukrainian ports allegedly coming from Moldova…

Most of the smuggled goods are weapons, the production of which the Trans-Dniester economy is largely based.

In the Soviet era the region's military-industrial complex only produced military components for the supply of factories in other Soviet republics. However, the country now has closed production cycles for small arms, a full range of different types of mortars, 43 Grad multiple missile-launchers and grenade-launchers …

[Taras Kuzio is with the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto].

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