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Corneliu Rusnac

Corneliu Rusnac, Journalist

Corneliu Rusnac is the editor-in-chief of Radio Chisinau and producer of the political debate and analysis show "Ora de Vârf" (Rush Hour). He was a reporter for the BBC World Service, the Romanian section, the Chisinau bureau. He was a correspondent of the Associated Press in the Republic of Moldova.

7 articles - Corneliu Rusnac:
Ukraine’s counteroffensive and its impact on the Republic of Moldova

Ukraine’s counteroffensive and its impact on the Republic of Moldova

The events of early September in Ukraine may have significant consequences on Chișinău as well. The counteroffensive mounted by Ukrainian troops in the northeast, the liberation of most of the Kharkiv region, but also of southern territories previously held by the Russian military, have increased the odds of foiling the Moscow’s plans for the Republic of Moldova, at least in the short run.

Corneliu Rusnac
19 Sep 2022
A geopolitical precedent: Russia’s embargo on Moldovan wines has had the opposite effect than the one expected by Moscow

A geopolitical precedent: Russia’s embargo on Moldovan wines has had the opposite effect than the one expected by Moscow

Over the past two decades, Moldovan wines have become one of the key elements in the geopolitical war between Chisinau and Moscow, but also a symbol of Moldova's attempt to escape the Russian influence.

Corneliu Rusnac
20 Jul 2022
The Republic of Moldova: the new head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office will have to solve cases that also concern leaders of the current opposition

The Republic of Moldova: the new head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office will have to solve cases that also concern leaders of the current opposition

A prosecutor who has investigated numerous cases of major corruption in the United States has been appointed head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office in the Republic of Moldova, an institution similar to the Romanian National Anticorruption Directorate. The appointment of the new prosecutor is important both for the reform of the judiciary and the rapprochement of the Republic of Moldova with the EU, and for the consolidation of the political class in Chisinau, especially the opposition in Parliament, as the leaders of this opposition, oriented towards Russia, seem to all have integrity issues.

Corneliu Rusnac
22 Jun 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
26 May 2022
Consequences of the war in Ukraine for the Republic of Moldova: between the risk of becoming Russia’s next target and the opportunity of adopting a consistent orientation towards the West

Consequences of the war in Ukraine for the Republic of Moldova: between the risk of becoming Russia’s next target and the opportunity of adopting a consistent orientation towards the West

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has unnerved Chișinău. Many talk about the risk the Republic of Moldova could be Moscow’s next target, something which Russian propaganda also suggested. On the other hand, the Republic of Moldova could also seize this opportunity to definitely break away with Russia and accelerate its integration into the Western world.

Corneliu Rusnac
19 Apr 2022
30 years since the war in Transnistria. A chronology of fighting and truce

30 years since the war in Transnistria. A chronology of fighting and truce

After the Republic of Moldova proclaimed its independence, on August 27, 1991, the relations between Chisinau and Tiraspol deteriorated considerably. There were clashes between the Moldovan and Transnistrian forces. And then, on March the 2nd, the war started

Corneliu Rusnac
30 Mar 2022
30 years since the war in Transnistria. How the conflict started

30 years since the war in Transnistria. How the conflict started

The Transnistrian war officially broke out on March 2, 1992, at a time when there had been violence for several months. The war was the last - and bloodiest - stage of a conflict in the former USSR between reformist forces, which in the republics had taken the form of national emancipation movements, and conservative ones, which wanted to maintain a Soviet empire with its capital in Moscow. The newly formed Russian Federation intervened in the war to maintain a bridgehead in the former province / Union republic.

Corneliu Rusnac
02 Mar 2022