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The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine attracted the Moldovan mercenaries to join the war in the Donbas region. They have reached the trenches that mark the red line on the political map of the world, according to a RISE Moldova investigation.

They fought in a war that doesn’t belong to them. At home, they were greeted by the Moldovan authorities, not their family. In Moldova, mercenaries are a crime, something easier rather than being hunted and considered terrorists in Ukraine.

According to the Security and Information Service, around 100 Moldovans have reached separatist trenches, fighting in a war that does not belong to them. Half of them have already been identified, and less than a quarter have reached the defendants’ bench. In the Republic of Moldova, these people are condemned as mercenaries and risk up to 10 years in prison; in Ukraine – the offenses committed by them are considered terrorist activities and are punished by up to 15 years or life imprisonment.

Vitalie Cojocari, 35 years old:

A resident of Cimișlia. In early 2015, Vitalie was at war in Ukraine. For that, he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, with conditional suspension for two years.

“It takes me five seconds to kill a man. I can kill him with my own fingers. I never look him in the eyes. You don’t look into your victim’s eyes. We are mercenaries and, for us, this is a service. We wear masks and never spare anyone. No matter who they are.”

Igor Gusikov, Chief of the Apparatus of the Director of the Security Service of Ukraine:

“They are criminals to us. They are terrorists to us. We investigate them on a basis of articles that provide for participation in terrorist organizations, murders.”

Radu Chirilov, Alias “Tiger”, 26 years old:

He was sentenced to three years in prison, for the mercenary activity. The documents obtained by RISE Moldova show that in Ukraine Radu allegedly killed over 50 people. For his involvement in the war, e was paid monthly, with 40,000 Russian rubles, which then meant about 750 euros.


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Foreigners will be able to work in Moldova without a working permit

Foreign citizens will be able to work on the territory of the Republic of Moldova on the basis of temporary residence permits for work without obtaining a work permit. They will be able to fill the jobs that are not demanded by Moldovans.



The list of priority occupations, which includes the 127 most requested jobs on the labor market in the Republic of Moldova, which can be occupied by the migrants in our country, was approved by the Government today.

The Government’s decision is aimed at filling the demand for occupations with a deficit in the native labor force. Among the vacant jobs unsolicited by the unemployed in 2017 these are to be named: construction engineers, electrical engineers, nurses, graphic designers and multimedia designers, software designers, computer network specialists.

The list of priority occupations is updated annually, or if required, by the Government, based on the Law on Labor Migration.

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Metropolitan Vladimir about taxes: There is sacrifice in the Orthodox church, and the church ministers live out of Christians’ sacrifices



Churches in Moldova live “out of the Christians’ sacrifices, but they aren’t charged taxes, unlike the Christian people.

ÎPS Vladimir, in an interview for, argues that there is financial transparency within the Moldovan Orthodox Church, and those in the Church leadership “take this into account, and each year, before the archbishops, the deacons pay attention.”

Moreover, the official noted that from the money paid by Christians to churches are paid for communal services, or as salaries to the priests and to the employees of the churches. Vladimir explained that although the prices displayed, such as 300, 500 lei for a Baptism ritual, are sometimes criticized – this money “goes to the maintenance of this Church”.

Reminder: On December 30, a group of members of the Orthodox Church of Moldova launched a petition demanding financial and decisional transparency from the leadership of the Orthodox Church of Chisinau and of Moldova.

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The Moldovan Zoo could be renovated



The Zoo, located in Chisinau, could be renovated and extended by another 14 hectares, says The changes are stipulated in a plan drawn up by the mining administration to be discussed at the Chisinau Municipal Council.

The Housekeeping Administration aims to renovate the animal shelters that are inadequate. Furthermore, many exotic species can not be brought into our country due to lack of maintenance. The project budget amounts to 5 million euros.

Annually, the Zoo is visited by more than 270,000 people. In total, the yard hosts over 180 species of animals, birds and reptiles.

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