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Confirmed: Ex-Democrat MP arrested for treason and espionage, talking with aide to Russian military attaché in Moldova

On March 17th, the former Democrat deputy in the Moldovan Parliament, Iurie Bolboceanu, was arrested by the law enforcement bodies, being accused of treason and espionage, reports Newsmaker.md (March 19th), referring to two anonymous sources.

March 20th, 13.41, Chișinău time- The information on Bolboceanu’s arrest was confirmed by a source from the Security and Intelligence Service of Moldova for Ziarul de Gardă. ZdG’s source stated that there is enough proof and claimed that it is a case of classical espionage, mentioning that Moldova is a target of espionage actions from both West and East.

UPDATE, 14.21, Chișinău time: A representative of the Prosecution Office together with two officers of the Security and Intelligence Service (SIS) confirmed the arrest of MP Bolboceanu, but did not confirm that he collaborated with a spy of Russia, mentioning only the term of “spy of a state”. The officers stated that the MP used to have a meeting with the spy every month, in order to offer a briefing of the socio-economical situation in exchange for money. They added that Bolboceanu used to collaborate with the foreign services for several years with different persons/agents of that foreign state. Moreover, Moldova’s SIS is monitoring other cases of spying.

Bolboceanu was arrested after the officers of the Prosecution office for fighting organized crime and special cases conducted searches at his house. The ex-Democrat MP is accused of treason and espionage in the context of his relation with, Alexandr Grudin, the aide to the military attaché of Russia to Moldova- “interested in obtaining national security information”.

According to the information obtained by Newsmaker, Bolboceanu and Grudin were conducting “strong measures of conspiracy”.

“Taking in account the events in Ukraine, one cannot exclude the possibility of the involvement of the Russian special services officers in organizing or supporting events oriented towards the destabilization of the socio-political situation in the country”, reads the prosecution document, obtained by NM.

Iurie Bolboceanu was also a figure in the 2014 case (Ziarul de Gardă) on the attempts to buy deputies for 200 thousand euros, meant to make them independent of the governing coalition and to make them not take part in the voting on several laws on the Association of Moldova and the EU. At that time, on 6 March 2014, Bolboceanu quit the Democratic Party caucus from the Parliament, but his move was not investigated.

Some might regard Bolboceanu’s arrest as a revenge action conducted by the Democrats in regard to his treason to the party, but also as another move of the governing coalition to show off in a diplomatic conflict with Russia to make an apparent good impression to the EU.

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PAS to PDM: “Schools are shutting down because people are leaving a corrupt country”

PDM leader Vlad Plahotniuc came with an ironic reaction to PAS president Maia Sandu, who filed a complaint with the Prosecutor General’s Office against the leader of PDM.

Reminder: On September 21, PAS lodged a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office in which he demanded the criminal prosecution of the citizen Plahotniuc Vladimir for committing the crime of usurpation of state power.

“If Maia Sandu is watching us right now, I’m announcing her that I’ve also taken over today’s colleagues’ attention at the party meeting. Now she’ll have new evidence to play the political denunciations,” Vlad Plahotniuc ironically declared in the weekly briefing of the party.

“Coincidentally, the topic on the agenda today is Education, the serious problems that are happening because of the closing of schools,” said PDM chairman, further announcing that the ruling party proposed a moratorium on the closure of schools in the country.

Plahotniuc also made the impression of blame on the previous government, which has suffered multiple failures, at which the Action and Solidarity Party said that a man who has become the symbol of corruption, injustice, suffocating the state, democracy and human rights has no moral quality to appreciate change and reform.

“No matter how much the less-fated citizen would want to steal the future of the country, he will not succeed. The man who manipulates and disinforms infinitely does not have the moral right to talk about education,” says the party’s message.

The PAS noted that, regretfully, the educational system has serious problems, and this is because the country was seized by a band of thieves who dealt with their own interest and depleted the state.

“Schools are shutting down because people are leaving a corrupt country. Schools will open when corruption is closed,” declared PAS.

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Unprecedented anti-drug operation: 90 search operations across the country

90 search operations are being carried out this morning as part of an unprecedented anti-drug operation in Moldova. The searches take place in 9 most important Moldovan cities, including Chisinau. As a result, six people have been detained as part of the operation to combat illegal drug trafficking.

Several types of drugs, weapons and ammunition devices have been identified.

Source: Deschide.MD

Source: Deschide.MD

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Four Moldovans died and two others are injured in a cargo plane crash in the Atlantic Ocean. The investigation of the airplane registered in Moldova is currently in process// VIDEO

According to Reuters, four Moldovans were killed and two were injured when a propeller-driven Russian-made Antonov cargo plane chartered by the French Army crashed in rough weather into the sea near the international airport in Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan, on October 14. Ivorian Security Minister Sidiki Diakite said four French citizens were also injured in the crash.

According to preliminary information obtained through the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Paris, the aviation accident occurred yesterday morning at 8:45 am after a failed attempt to land the aircraft at the Abidjan airport due to bad weather conditions.

The collapsed aircraft’s flight was meant for the French Army and had ten people aboard, including six citizens of the Republic of Moldova and four citizens of the French Republic.

According to the data obtained from the Ivorian authorities, four Moldovan citizens died as a result of the accident and the other two were taken over by the French Army for the provision of medical care.

The ministry maintains contact with the Ivorian and French authorities to establish the identities of the Moldovans involved in the accident and will undertake all the necessary actions required in such situations.

An investigation team within the AAC of the Republic of Moldova is leaving urgently to Cote d’Ivoire in order to participate as observers in the investigation of the causes of the air accident involving AN 26 aircraft registered in the Republic of Moldova.

The Civil Aeronautical Authority of the Republic of Moldova was informed by the Cote d’Ivoire authorities of the occurrence of an aircraft accident near Abidjan Airport on 14 October.

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