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Ukraine and Moldova police prevented assassination of Democrat oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc

On April 7th, the head of the Ukrainian Police, Sergey Knyazev, together with the Minister of Interior of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, announced about the end of a joint operation with Moldova to prevent the assassination of the Moldovan oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc.

According to Minister Avakov, the operation conducted at around 14 (GMT+2) in both Moldova and Ukraine ended with the arrests of the organizers of the assassination of the, quote, the former Vice Speaker of Moldova and the biggest oligarch of Moldova, now-businessman, Vladimir Plahotniuc.

Pictures of the arrested organizer(s) Source: mvs.gov.ua

Knyazev reported that the joint operation was conducted simultaneously in Kyiv, where the organizers were arrested, and in Chișinău, where the weapons and the money was held. The head of the Ukrainian police said that the proof would be sent to the prosecutors by the end of the day to start the full investigation of the matter.

According to Ukrainian Pravda, the operation was personally approved by Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko.

The Ukrainians also found links between the assassins from Ukraine with the special forces of the Russian Federation. In their turn, the Moldovan prosecutors and policemen officially declared that the assassination was coordinated by a representative of the criminal world, well-known in both Moldova and Russia- some suspect it is Grigory Karamalak. According to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Moldova, Alexandru Jizdan, the assassination would cost more than 200 thousand US dollars.

How the assassins were planning the assassination and how they were arrested:

Despite the fact he holds no governmental position, Vlad Plahotniuc is known for his control over the Government, judiciary branch, prosecution system and the anti-corruption bodies through his proxy Democratic Party, vassal-parties and particular persons in the top of management of Moldovan institutions.

Vlad Plahotniuc is often called the one and only oligarch left in Moldova, the grey eminence or the puppeteer of Moldovan politics. He was elected as the leader of the Moldovan Democratic Party at the 8th Congress in December 2016. Some say that the party’s name might change to “Social-Democratic” in order to seem more developed and somehow progressive.

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James Pettit: The process of European integration is slowing down

Compared to the year 2016, Moldova’s European integration process has recently slowed down. The statement belongs to the US Ambassador to Chisinau, James Pettit. During a show at TVR Moldova television, the diplomat mentioned that a cause of the slowdown may be the fact that the Republic of Moldova is on the verge of parliamentary elections, IPN reports.

The ambassador considers that the biggest challenge in terms of European integration of the Republic of Moldova is corruption, which exists in all areas. At the same time, the diplomat claims that there are several areas that are not working well, including the legal sector that has not made much progress in recent years. As a national tragedy, the ambassador called the migration of the population of the Republic of Moldova.

The Ambassador said that the US is providing training through its programs for judges, lawyers, and civil servants.

“From time to time we have experts in the US or in Europe who can train these officials,” declared Pettit.

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Former communist deputy – the candidacy of the Government for the position of ambassador of R. Moldova in Switzerland

Oxana Domenti, the communist deputy who, in December 2017, renounced the parliamentary mandate and announced that she left politics, is the candidature of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) for the position of Moldovan ambassador in the Swiss Confederation.

Today, September 12, her candidacy was approved by the Parliamentary Foreign Policy and European Integration Commission. Moreover, the Ambassador will hold the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova at the UN Office in Geneva.

Pursuant to the Article 10 of the Law on Diplomatic Service, plenipotentiary ambassadors, permanent representatives, envoys and permanent envoys of duty, heads of diplomatic missions – are appointed and recalled by the President of the Republic of Moldova on a Government proposal.

Respectively, the candidacy of Oxana Domenti is to be approved by the members of the Executive, and the appointment decree is to be signed by the president Igor Dodon.

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Andrian Candu about the 7 expelled Turkish citizens: the case is not related to today’s government in Moldova or Turkey

Photo: Facebook // Nadejda Roșcovanu

Today, Andrian Candu, Parliament Speaker, held a press conference after the parliamentary hearings in the case of the expulsion of 7 Turkish citizens from the country, organized on the platform of the National Security, Defense and Public Order Commission and the Parliamentary Control Committee on the Information and Security Service.

“It should be noted that this subject is complicated. Since 1997-1998, the SIS has overwhelmed terrorism (n.red: referring to the 7 Turkish expelled citizens). In the last 3-4 years, 48 foreign persons are oversight. 18 were declared undesirable and 7 were expelled. They have no connection with whoever is in Moldova or Turkey,” declared Candu among other statements.

According to the official, during the last 4-5 years, there are 60-70 expulsions and this is not a novelty for the authorities.

After completing his speech, Andrian Candu left the conference room without answering the questions of any attending journalists.

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