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Moldova’s “patriots”, from Iurie Roșca to Ilan Shor: politicians serving Moscow’s interests in Chișinău (II)

Moldova’s “patriots”, from Iurie Roșca to Ilan Shor: politicians serving Moscow’s interests in Chișinău (II)

Rusia a avut mereu oamenii săi printre reprezentanții clasei politice și administrației de la Chișinău. Unii nici nu au încercat să-și ascundă relația cu Moscova, alții par să-și fi jucat foarte bine rolul, plasându-se în fruntea unor mișcări naționale și proeuropene, ceea ce, probabil, i-a permis Rusiei să controleze anumite procese politice din interior. Veridica îi amintește, în acest al doilea episod, pe cei care au menținut Republica Moldova în siajul Moscovei pentru o bună parte din ultimele două decenii.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
16 Dec 2022
Protests in Chișinău: the criminals’ swansong

Protests in Chișinău: the criminals’ swansong

The internal stability of the Republic of Moldova is threatened by pro-Russian politicians who are trying to stir the pot by capitalizing on the numerous crises facing this country. The most vocal of them are politicians who’ve had run-ins with the law, such as Ilan Shor, the mastermind behind the “billion-dollar theft”, as well as former Socialist leader Igor Dodon, indicted on five distinct charges. Aware of their schemes, Moscow uses energy exports as blackmail.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
20 Sep 2022
DISINFORMATION: Moldova closes schools to buy weapons from the West

DISINFORMATION: Moldova closes schools to buy weapons from the West

The pro-European government in Chisinau is closing universities and schools to procure Western weapons, and the people will be cannon fodder in the geopolitical games of the big players, former pro-Russian president Igor Dodon claims in an interview for the Russian press. The false narrative fits into the anti-NATO and anti-Western rhetoric that has intensified with the Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
17 Sep 2022
Why is an anti-oligarchic law necessary in the Republic of Moldova?

Why is an anti-oligarchic law necessary in the Republic of Moldova?

The European track of the Republic of Moldova involves a break with its recent past, when the country was virtually at the mercy of highly influential oligarchs, who used their political leverage and media influence to create a genuine kleptocracy. One solution would be to apply the model employed by Ukraine, a country that passed a anti-oligarchic law.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
17 Aug 2022
DISINFORMATION: The weapons delivered to Ukraine transit the territory of Moldova

DISINFORMATION: The weapons delivered to Ukraine transit the territory of Moldova

The weapons delivered to Ukraine might be transiting the territory of the Republic of Moldova, says the pro-Russian politician Igor Dodon, in an interview given under house arrest. His statements were also taken over by the official press of the Russian Federation and aim to disinform and accuse the pro-European government in Chisinau of wanting to involve the country in the war.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
19 Jul 2022
DISINFORMATION: The EU grants the status of candidate to Russophobic countries that have nothing to gain from that

DISINFORMATION: The EU grants the status of candidate to Russophobic countries that have nothing to gain from that

According to narratives launched by pro-Russian politicians in Chisinau and officials in Moscow, the European Union offers the status of accession candidate using Russophobia as a criterion and, together with NATO, is building a war coalition against Russia. Such narratives have appeared in the context in which the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine received the status of candidate countries for EU accession.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
29 Jun 2022
A radiography of the character Igor Dodon: between corruption and betrayal

A radiography of the character Igor Dodon: between corruption and betrayal

Igor Dodon is undoubtedly the product of the profiteering political class of the Republic of Moldova. Tutored by the former Communist President Vladimir Voronin and the fugitive oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, Dodon has been described as a prototype of the duality of the Moldovan politician, interested only in making lots of money and capable of any kind of internal or external political betrayal. Detained for corruption and treason, Dodon is now complaining that he is the victim of political persecution.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
02 Jun 2022
FAKE NEWS: Igor Dodon was arrested because he was trying to prevent the Republic of Moldova from entering the war

FAKE NEWS: Igor Dodon was arrested because he was trying to prevent the Republic of Moldova from entering the war

Former president of the Republic of Moldova, Socialist Igor Dodon, was arrested because he wanted to prevent the Republic of Moldova from entering the conflict in Ukraine, media outlets in Chișinău and Moscow claim. In fact, Dodon was detained as part of official investigations into the illegal funding of Dodon’s party, which were launched a few years ago.

Veridica
Veridica
30 May 2022
Russia and its people in Chisinau obsessively speak of Moldova’s neutrality, but they have been violating it for 30 years

Russia and its people in Chisinau obsessively speak of Moldova’s neutrality, but they have been violating it for 30 years

The Republic of Moldova’s neutrality is one of the favorite topics of Russian and pro-Russian propaganda. It is discussed when it comes to adopting measures that do not suit Moscow, but the reality of the presence of Russian forces in Moldova, which means a violation of its neutrality, is constantly ignored. Other narratives are switched depending on the needs; neutrality, however, has been a constant one.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
26 May 2022
DISINFORMATION: If Moldova leaves the CIS, it will have nowhere to sell its products

DISINFORMATION: If Moldova leaves the CIS, it will have nowhere to sell its products

The Republic of Moldova will suffer enormous economic losses if it exists the Commonwealth of Independent States, according to the former pro-Russian president Igor Dodon. However, statistics show that Moldovan exports to Russia have been steadily declining, as Moscow has imposed tariff caps on Moldovan products since 2014 and is supplying gas at market prices.

Veridica
Veridica
23 May 2022
PHOTOREPORT – The May 9 parade in Chișinău: between Soviet nostalgia and the blurred memory of the USSR’s glory days

PHOTOREPORT – The May 9 parade in Chișinău: between Soviet nostalgia and the blurred memory of the USSR’s glory days

May 9 was a much anticipated event in Chișinău: a recent law forbids the public display of symbols associated with the Russian army and the invasion of Ukraine – the ribbon of Saint George and the letters Z and V. Previously, pro-Russians had announced they would ignore the law. Fears were running high that public unrest might break out. That wasn’t the case, and the demonstration actually resembled a display of communist nostalgia rather than an act of solidarity with Russia.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
09 May 2022
Kremlin's game: the pressure points that Moscow will use during Moldova's elections campaign

Kremlin's game: the pressure points that Moscow will use during Moldova's elections campaign

Russian claims that EU and the USA are allegedly interfering in the parliamentary election in Chișinău, scheduled for July 11. On May 13, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, said “it is regrettable to see the growing interference of the United States and EU countries in the domestic politics of the Republic of Moldova, something which we firmly condemn”.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
17 May 2021
The Die Has Been Cast: Moldova’s Elections at a GLANCE

The Die Has Been Cast: Moldova’s Elections at a GLANCE

Making predictions before elections in the Republic of Moldova means hazarding a guess. Such an action requires not only knowledge and intuition, but also a lot of luck and a special flair for anticipating last-minute backstage arrangements. However, the campaign for the snap parliamentary elections due on July 11 has kicked off, and based on current data and trends, we will analyze who the actors are and what chances they stand at the moment. A dirty election campaign is announced from the left wing, which seems ready to bring into play resources that are incomparable to those available to the right.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
10 May 2021
The Soviet-style power vertical, still very much alive in Moldova. The Igor Dodon case

The Soviet-style power vertical, still very much alive in Moldova. The Igor Dodon case

The surrender or transfer of power have always been the center of attention in Chisinau, which proves that democracy, even after 30 years of independence from the Soviet Union, is still fragile.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
19 Apr 2021
From "flower bridges" to pragmatism. Romanian soft power in Moldova.

From "flower bridges" to pragmatism. Romanian soft power in Moldova.

In recent years, Romania has funded numerous projects that have had a direct impact on the population. In parallel, a certain type of patriotic discourse, irritating for a significant part of the population of the Republic of Moldova, has been tempered as well. The result of this policy carried out with soft-power tools is that while the declared unionist parties in Chisinau are free falling in the electorate’s preferences, paradoxically the number of unionists is on the rise.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
29 Mar 2021
The Republic of Moldova and a soft power game à la russe

The Republic of Moldova and a soft power game à la russe

The failure of pro-Russian Igor Dodon in the presidential elections in the Republic of Moldova does not seem to have upset the Kremlin much: instead of being reprimanded, the officer in charge of the Moldovan case (and assisting Dodon in the election campaign) was promoted in early March. At first glance, the promotion seems to be a job rotation decision, but in reality, it’s part of a broader reorganization of the departments dealing with the former Soviet space and the separatist regions supported by Moscow.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
15 Mar 2021
Dodon's decline and a few scenarios before Moldova's political storm

Dodon's decline and a few scenarios before Moldova's political storm

The political stage in Chișinău is once again in crisis. The incompatibility between the pro-European president Maia Sandu and her governing opponents, from the camp of the corrupt pro-Russia “establishment” in Chișinău, has led to new confrontations and situations hard to anticipate.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
02 Mar 2021
The Republic of Moldova: Socialists swap federation ambitions for confederation plans.

The Republic of Moldova: Socialists swap federation ambitions for confederation plans.

The Party of Socialists in the Republic of Moldova has abandoned plans to make the Republic of Moldova a Federation, reverting instead to a 25-year-old document that proposes the creation of a confederation as a solution to the Transnistrian conflict, by setting Chișinău on an equal footing with Tiraspol.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
01 Mar 2021
FAKE NEWS: Facebook is censoring Igor Dodon

FAKE NEWS: Facebook is censoring Igor Dodon

The former president of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, considers that he lost the presidential elections last autumn also due to Facebook, which allegedly deleted the likes he received and blocked the accounts of his party members. Ironically, the allegations were made in a video streamed on Facebook. Dodon thus joined a wave of attacks against these networks, launched in several countries, from Russia and EU member states to the United States.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
08 Feb 2021
Why Does Moscow Still Believe in Dodon's tears

Why Does Moscow Still Believe in Dodon's tears

Perdant în recentele alegeri prezidențiale din această toamnă, Igor Dodon încă se agață de putere în interiorul Partidului Socialiștilor din Moldova (PSRM), dar și în fața susținătorilor săi externi de la Kremlin.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
02 Feb 2021
DISINFORMATION: The Russian minority in Moldova, under fire from the Constitutional Court and President Maia Sandu

DISINFORMATION: The Russian minority in Moldova, under fire from the Constitutional Court and President Maia Sandu

Socialists and supporting media in the Republic of Moldova have snapped after a Moldovan Constitutional Court ruling threw out a law granting special status to the Russian language. They’re describing the ruling as an attack on the Russian minority, the idea circulated being that the country’s newly elected president, Maia Sandu, is held responsible for this attack, thus going back on the promises made in the election campaign.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
25 Jan 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is a ‘virus’ by means of which the West wants to destroy Moldovan statehood

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is a ‘virus’ by means of which the West wants to destroy Moldovan statehood

Maia Sandu is an agent of foreign entities who behaves like a virus created to destroy the Moldovan state and unite with Romania the territories beyond the Prut. The idea that the leader in Chisinau would be responsible for the political crisis that the Socialists actually created is also promoted.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
18 Jan 2021
The feud between Chisinau and Moscow. What lies behind the quarrel between Maia Sandu and Vladimir Putin

The feud between Chisinau and Moscow. What lies behind the quarrel between Maia Sandu and Vladimir Putin

Russia uses an aggressive rhetoric to disguise its lack of ideas and even real interest in Moldova. Transnistria – a pawn for future exchanges, tightly controlled by the Sheriff

Armand Goșu
Armand Goșu
08 Jan 2021