Category Archives: Moldova

In Moldova, President Sandu brings new focus to expanding ties — The Princeton Diplomat

Newly-elected Moldovan President, Maia Sandu (left), with the Ukranian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyi (right) (Source: Twitter) Sam Harshbarger On November 15, former Prime Minister and World Bank economist Maia Sandu defeated incumbent President Igor Dodon in Moldova’s most decisive election outcome in recent memory. Sandu’s Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) dealt a decisive electoral blow […] In Moldova, President Sandu brings

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Russia Jails Former Energy Exec for 15 Years on Spying Charges

A Russian court on Tuesday handed a 15-year prison sentence to a former manager of an energy company for spying for Moldova, the latest in a string of high-profile espionage trials. Karina Tsurkan, a former board member of the Inter RAO energy group, was detained in 2018 on suspicion of handing classified information to Moldovan intelligence. The Federal Security Service

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Thousands Rally For Snap Elections In Moldova’s Pro-Russia Parliament

December 06, 2020 12:22 GMT UPDATED December 06, 2020 18:51 GMT – By RFE/RL’s Moldovan Service CHISINAU — Some 20,000 protesters backing Moldova’s incoming pro-EU president have taken to the streets of the capital demanding the government’s resignation and early general elections. The demonstrators gathered at the square in front of the parliament building in Chisinau on December 6, shouting slogans such

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Don’t Wait

Edward Lucas The EU should act to support Moldova, despite its impotence in the Caucasus. Three big events tell sharply different stories. In the Caucasus, Russia has cemented its geopolitical grip by brokering a ceasefire to end the six-week war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. In Belarus, the death of 31-year-old Raman Bandarenka after a police beating underlined the regime’s ruthlessness

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Moldova election: Pro-EU candidate Sandu leads in preliminary results

Opposition candidate Maia Sandu holds a narrow lead over current leader Igor Dodon in Sunday’s presidential run-off election in Moldova, preliminary results say. With 94% of the vote counted, Ms Sandu is ahead with about 52% to President Dodon’s 48%. Ms Sandu, a former World Bank economist, favours closer ties with the EU. President Dodon, meanwhile, is openly backed by

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Moldova Torn Between Russia and West in Presidential Runoff

Moldova heads to the polls on Sunday for the second round of a tightly-contested presidential election pitting a pro-European challenger against the country’s Moscow-backed incumbent. The tiny ex-Soviet nation votes under the watchful eye of Russia, which wants polarised Moldova to remain in its sphere of influence as several Kremlin-aligned governments are rocked by political unrest. In the first round

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Moldova’s Pro-EU Presidential Hopeful Wins First Round Vote

Moldova’s pro-European presidential hopeful Maia Sandu won a surprise first-round victory, a major setback for Moscow-backed incumbant Igor Dodon that suggests a tight second round later this month. The small former Soviet country voted under the watchful eye of Russia, which wants polarized Moldova to remain in its sphere of influence as several nearby Kremlin-aligned governments are rocked by political unrest.

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Russia’s attempts to bring separatist movements to international platforms threaten EU – think tank

21:50, 27 January 2020 The experts explain far-reaching, and troubling, intentions behind the efforts. Russia is trying to set a precedent of allowing access of representatives of unrecognized states to various international platforms. If the plan succeeds, separatist movements around the world, especially in Europe, will be given a free hand to lay claim to participation in any international platform,

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Immobilization of the oligarchs in Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine: mission (im)possible? Op-Ed

The assimilation or nationalization of the “Magntisky Act” can be turned into a political (pre-)condition in return for financial support granted to the countries where the US and EU support democratic reforms… Some conditions are arising for the foundation of the new Western instruments of immobilization of the oligarchs and other serious offenders of the rule of law in the

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Moldovan PM: People ‘Will Never Approve Federalization’

Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu says that the country’s “citizens will never approve federalization,” which is one of the proposals made by Russia to settle Moldova’s problem with its Transdniester breakaway region. Sandu spoke to RFE/RL in Chisinau on August 23 ahead of her upcoming U.S. visit, which is due to start on August 31. The Moldovan leader also said

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