Russia’s Presidential Administration head Sergey Naryshkin was publicly critical of the presidential election process in the unrecognized state of Transnistria. Naryshkin criticized the intention of incumbent Transnistrian President Igor Smirnov to run for the office for the fifth time. “I think this is a mistake on his part. . . . . We recommended Smirnov to unblock the way for new political forces,” Naryshkin said. The Kremlin openly backs another presidential candidate, parliament speaker Anatoly Kaminsky. Transnistria is a breakaway province of Moldova not recognized by any UN member state. Russia has not formally recognized Transnistria either, but has a military contingent there.