Proriv (Transnistria)

Leader Dmitry Soin
Roman Konoplev (head of communications)
Alena Arshinova (director of the youth organization)
Founded 2006
Dissolved 8 november 2012
Headquarters Tiraspol, Transnistria
Ideology Social democracy
Transnistrian nationalism
Political position Left-wing
International affiliation Proryv
Colours Yellow
Supreme Council
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Proriv (Cyrillic: Прорыв, Russian for 'Breakthrough'), also known as "International Youth Corporation and People’s Democratic Party «Proriv" is a political youth movement and political party in Transnistria whose methods are allegedly modelled on pro-western organizations Otpor!, Kmara and other participants of colour revolutions in the post-Soviet states.

Originally, it was founded in 2005 as a political youth organization part of the "international" (i.e., in the post-Soviet space) pro-Russian Proriv organization. A year later, on June 2, 2006, the Transnistrian branch of Proriv formally registered itself as a political party. It uses yellow as its political color, and the famous B&W photo of Communist guerrilla fighter Che Guevara as a symbol. It is associated with the 'Che Guevara High School for Political Leadership' in Tiraspol, which was established to provide training for young political activists. Its head is Dmitry Soin, a sociologist and former officer of the Transnistrian ministry of state security.[1] Roman Konoplev, an obscure Russian strategist and publicist, took part in formulating ideological documents of the Party.

The youth movement has a mostly slav female leadership, with Alena Arshinova at its head. According to newspaper reports, the organization is financed by Transnistrian authorities, and the mentor of the organisation is Dmitry Soin, who is wanted by Interpol.[2][3] The organization supports the continuation of the republic's independence which was declared on September 2, 1990 and rejects any talk of potential reunification with Moldova.

Since 2006, Breakthrough has been one of the most active forces opposing the Ukrainian presidency position on the Ukraine-Transnistria border customs conflict with street action and tent city protests on the border. The organisation is also very critical of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the government of the Republic of Moldova. During various political demonstrations of Breakthrough OSCE flags were replaced and Moldovan flags were burned.[2][4] In the 2006 Transnistrian referendum, it opposed unification with Moldova, as did a reported 94% of the electorate.


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