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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.