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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Political Prisoner Freed in Transdnestr

DUBASARI, Moldova -- Pro-Russian separatists who control Moldova's self-proclaimed Transdnestr republic released their last political prisoner Monday, after he completed the 15-year jail term they had imposed on him.

The separatists had convicted Tudor Petrov-Popa of terrorism. The last of four prisoners held by Transdnestr since a 1992 civil war with Moldova, he was driven to the border with Moldova and released by the Transdnestr militia. The four had been members of the Popular Moldovan Front, a party that backed independence for Moldova in 1991.

Petrov-Popa, 44, was greeted by dozens of supporters, including former fellow prisoner Alexandru Lesco, freed in 2004 after serving a 12-year term. Lesco draped a national flag on Petrov-Popa's shoulders in an emotional meeting. On Saturday, the separatists freed another member of the group, Andrei Ivantoc.