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Moldova Democrats to move to new HQ previously belonging to Communists’ Party

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On November 29th, the investigative journalist group, Rise Moldova, reported on a banner of the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) being installed on a neighboring building previously belonging to the Communists’ Party, led by ex-President Vladimir Voronin. This would mean that the Moldovan Democrats are about to move in a new office. Interesting, but the building has an even more interesting history of ownership.

The building situated in the center of Chișinău was built during the last years of Voronin’s rule, between 2006 and 2009, with a loan of 22 million lei from now-closed Banca de Economii. In 2009, when the “pro-European” parties to power, the Government confiscated the building after challenging the decision of the Chișinău City Council to give the land to the Communists in 2009.

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The Communists’ Party thus did not manage to move to the new office. In December 2016, the court lifted the confiscation order. Following that, on 5 January 2017, the Communists’ Party sold the building to the foreign Constar Invest SRL, owned by the Belize-based Jarrow Business SA. RISE Moldova learned that Jarrow Business is represented by the Moldovan citizen Serghei Noscov- a key person in the management of the multiple businesses of the Democrat oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc.

The moving into a new office was initially rejected as a fact by the Democrats’ spokesperson, but then the Parliament speaker Andrian Candu recognized that his party was looking for new HQ for a long time. According to Candu, the rent price is still being negotiated, but the visual reparations will be covered by the owner of the building. He told the press that he doesn’t know about the hotel and resting spaces in the new building, but emphasized that PDM needs offices for the party leadership and rooms for meeting members and party supporters.

Worryingly enough, only one day after reporting about the new HQ of the Democrats, RISE Moldova was “visited” by two policemen that were conducting the “research of the area”. Asked if the research has anything to do with the Democrats’ new HQ, one of the policemen answered promptly: “We are doing our job!”. An attempt of intimidation? More than probable.

Some might look at the new office of the Democrats as a reincarnation of the Communists in Moldova. Interestingly enough, about 16 former Communists emigrated to the Democratic Party since 2009, including former Parliament speaker Marian Lupu (leader of the Democrats until December 2016) and Sergiu Sîrbu, a close relative of the ex-President Vladimir Voronin. The Democratic caucus now contains 41 deputies, only 19 elected from the electoral lists of the Democratic Party in 2014.

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PAS backs Andrei Năstase in Chișinău mayoral race, agrees with PPDA on criteria for joint MP list

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29 March 2018- The Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) and the Platform “Dignity and Truth” (PPDA) declared the union of their forces in the Chișinău mayoral race.

PAS, led by Maia Sandu, publicly declared support for PPDA’s leader, Andrei Năstase, in the 20 May elections for the seat of Chișinău mayor. Năstase thanked PAS for its support, promising a reform program for Chișinău:

“The more united we are, the weaker they will be”, said Năstase, referring to the Democrats and Socialists in power.

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PAS and PPDA also announced a mechanism for choosing 55 joint candidates in the electoral circumscriptions for the Parliamentary elections from the autumn. The mechanism would consist of internal checks on the basis of integrity and meritocracy, and of a commission for meritocracy that would evaluate the candidates.

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Russia expels three Moldovan diplomats

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30 March 2018- The Russian Federation’s Foreign Affairs Ministry decided to expel a high number of foreign diplomats, as a response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from several European countries. Moldova then expelled 3 Russian diplomats as a sign of solidarity with the UK over the Salisbury nerve gas attack.

According to RIA, three Moldovan diplomats must leave the Russian territory before 5-7 April 2018.

Deschide.md reports that the Moldovan Embassy’s Secretary for Culture, Education and Culture Tatiana Tanasoglo, and two Embassy advisers, Petru Alexei and Octavian Berzan, are expected to leave the Russian Federation.

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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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