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U.S. Cites Intimidation, Expresses Regret

Austria -- OSCE flags outside OSCE headquarters,Vienna
Austria -- OSCE flags outside OSCE headquarters,Vienna
In addition, the statement expressed concern that 20 to 30 people, including a member of the OSCE Mission to Moldova's Tiraspol office, have been subject to "hostile questioning" in connection with the case. It further notes that Mr. Vardanian's arrest is not an isolated case, but follows several others involving charges of terrorism, treason and espionage. "We are concerned that these arrests and the questioning reflect a broader effort by the Transnistrian authorities to intimidate civil society representatives and restrict their fundamental rights" the statement says. Read the full text here.