Mystery as Putin’s puppet communist leader in Moldova’s breakaway region is found dead with ‘stab or gunshot wounds’ as murder investigation launches
- Oleg Khorzhan, 47, was found dead by his wife in Transnistria
- The Communist Party leader in the breakaway region was known as a ‘Moscow proxy’
A murder investigation has been opened after a puppet politician of Vladimir Putin was found dead in Moldovan’s breakaway region of Transnistria, on the border with Ukraine.
Oleg Khorzhan, 47, was found with “multiple stab wounds” by his wife, according to reports. Other reports said that he had been shot.
Khorzhan, leader of the Communist Party in Transnistria, a small state under the protection of 1,500 Russian army ‘peacekeepers’, could have become the region’s leader if Putin invaded Moldova.
He was fervently pro-Russian and returned to politics with the backing of Moscow after being sentenced to four years in prison for violence against a government official.
The Moldovan dissident leader was released eight months ago and was known as a ‘Moscow representative’.
Oleg Khorzhan, 47, was found dead by his wife with ‘multiple stab wounds’, while other reports say he was shot dead.
The Communist Party leader was known as a ‘Moscow proxy’ and claimed his region had only survived thanks to Russian help.
He returned to backing Moscow after spending four years in jail for violence against a government official.
He insisted that the region, self-governing since the end of the Soviet era, survived “only thanks to the help of Russia.”
Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said: ‘Oleg Khorzhan has died… murdered in his home.
“We demand that an investigation be launched immediately.”
The Pridnestrovskiy Lesnik Telegram channel commented: ‘Khorzhan’s wife found his body near a safe that was left open in one of the rooms of his house. The safe was empty.
‘Did they open the safe to make it look like the murder was committed by robbery? That would be absurd.
Earlier this year, opposition leader Khorzhan visited Moscow and returned saying he had been promised “maximum support for our republic by Russia” by leading pro-Putin politicians.
In March, Transnistrian authorities claimed to have thwarted an assassination attempt on the region’s president, Vadim Krasnoselsky, which they claimed was orchestrated by the SBU secret service in neighboring Ukraine.
The pro-Putin politician would likely have become leader of the breakaway region of Transnistria if Russia had invaded Moldova.
The SBU denied the accusation, calling it “a provocation orchestrated by the Kremlin.”
Moldova, the poorest state in Europe, accused Russia of using Transnistria in its attempt to destabilize the country.
Some analysts believe Putin is contemplating invading Moldova, a former part of the former Soviet Union, as he seeks to build a new empire.