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More than 170 narcotics investigations are taking place all over the country. The operation is carried out by the territorial prosecutors, along with the Anti-Drug Directorate of the INI of the PIA of the MAI, the Police Directorate of the Chisinau municipality, in cooperation with the territorial police inspectorates.

70 estimated investigations resulted in the detention of 19 people with over 20 kg of drugs.

More specifically, more than 4 kg of synthetic drugs, 7 kg of marijuana, 5 kg of poppy plants, 2 kg of ethno-botanicals, 650 kg of MDMA pills, heroin, herb with hemp plants and dried hemp plants.

At the same time, three illegally held firearms (pistols), more than 200 battle cartridges and over 500.000 lei were discovered and picked up.

According to estimates made by police officers, the total value of drugs seized to date amounts to about 8.5 million lei.

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IRI Survey: 43% of Moldovans support joining the EU, 42%- Eurasian Union, 76%- not optimistic about future of young people

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29 March 2018- The International Republican Institute published a new poll on the social-political opinions of Moldovan people. The poll largely reflects that a majority of Moldovans see the future of the youth problematic and the employment as the key issue. At the same time, around 96% believe that corruption is a big or very big problem.

“This poll reflects anxieties among Moldovans that young people do not have a bright future ahead of them if they remain in Moldova”, said IRI Regional Director for Eurasia Stephen Nix.

First of all, the Moldovans are worried about how the government addresses the issue of employment of youth:

Most Moldovans still think that the things are not going in the right direction in Moldova:

Low income (or pensions), Unemployment and Corruption are considered the most important problems in Moldova:

Locally, Roads, Unemployment, Water Supply and Cleanliness are considered the biggest problems:

In terms of household issues, financial problems, unemployment and health problems are seen as the most threatening:

Asked to list indicate the greatest cause of corruption, 42% pointed out at the lack of government control and oversight:

Ironically, the Parliament and the public servants are the ones to be perceived as the most corrupt in Moldova:

89% of the respondents said that Moldova is governed in the interest of some groups:

Though not as much as in October 2017, a majority of Moldovans think that people in Moldova are afraid to openly express their political views:

43% of the respondents said that they support Moldova joining the European Union, while 42% support joining the Eurasian Union:

59% of young people support joining the European Union instead of the Eurasian Union:

A minority of Moldovan citizens would support Moldova joining NATO.

Most see the European Union and Russia as equally economic and political partners:

Igor Dodon, Maia Sandu and Andrei Năstase still enjoy most of the popular trust. Nevertheless, 26% trust no Moldovan public person or politician.

Most of the Moldovans disapprove of the government led by the Democrat Pavel Filip:

Some 49% of the respondents say they approve the activities of the President Igor Dodon:

The majority holds a positive opinion about the Moldovan Orthodox Church, the Army and the Romanian Orthodox Church:

Opinions are mixed on the “mixed” electoral system:

The Party of Socialists, Action and Solidarity Party and the Democratic Party seem to be the only ones able to enter the Parliament if elections were to be held now:

A majority of Moldovans see the future of Transnistria should be one of an ordinary region within Moldova, while only 21% believe it should become an autonomous entity:

The survey was coordinated by Dr Rasa Alisauskiene from Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization on behalf of the Center for Insights in Survey Research. The fieldwork was carried out by Magenta Consulting. Data was collected throughout Moldova (with the exception of Transnistria) between February 7 and March 7, 2018.  The sample consisted of 1,513 permanent residents of Moldova aged 18 and older and eligible to vote and is representative of the general population by age, gender, region and settlement size. The margin of error does not exceed plus or minus 2.5 percent. The response rate was 64 percent. Charts and graphs may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding. The survey was funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

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Explosion kills two persons in shop in central Chișinău

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20 March 2018- An explosion occurred in a small shop in central Chișinău after one man dropped an explosive object, possibly a grenade. As a consequence, the man with the object died, alongside a passing-by man, reports TV8.

According to the police, the 50 years old man dropped the explosive after refusing to pay for several packs of cigarettes in the shop at the intersection of Mateevici and Armenească streets. A witness claims to have known the given man as divorced and living outside of his house.

The wounded 62 years old man was transported to the hospital for surgery for removing the pieces of metal dispersed by the explosion.

Source: tv8.md

The prosecutors are investigating the case as intentional killing. The identity of the second victim, as well as the explosive type, are being established.

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Chisinau placed third in a top of the European cities of the future

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The capital of Moldova was ranked third among the middle-sized cities in Europe in terms of costs and efficiency, according to the fDi European Intelligence and Financial Times fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/2019.

According to mold-street.com, the fDi Intelligence division of the Financial Times collected data using the online FDI tools: fDi Benchmark, fDi Markets, as well as other sources.

The data was collected for 489 locations (301 cities, 150 regions and 38 LEPs), and divided into five categories: Economic Potential, Work Environment, Cost Effectiveness, Infrastructure and Business Friendly attitude.

According to the ranking, London is the most attractive destination for FDI, despite Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

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