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Young man expelled from theology academy for criticizing services provided by Moldovan Orthodox Church

Ion Andronache has been a student of Orthodox Theology at the Academy of Orthodox Theology of Moldova. Only until recently.

On June 2nd, the Academy announced about the expelling of Ion and three other students. The announcement was eventually deleted from the website of the Academy, but the order was dated with 20 of February 2017 (100 days difference).

Decree of Ion’s expelling from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology

Expelled for “disregarding the regulations of education”, Ion previously criticized the Moldovan Orthodox Church for its discrimination of LGBT group (interview for Moldova.ORG in Romanian). The peak of his critique was when he launched a vlog proposing to change the pricing of services provided by the Church, replacing it with membership fees and donations. That’s when the expelling decree from February 20th suddenly appeared from nowhere.

Ion instead continued his video blogs on explaining Orthodox Christian values adapted to new realities, like service pricing, or even old problems, like allowing women within their menstruation period inside the church.

The Moldovan Orthodox Church is known as a harsh defender of conservative principles and, often, Kremlin’s interests in Moldova.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy.

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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 trm.md. 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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Christmas Fair was launched in Chișinău //VIDEO

The Christmas fair is inaugurated in Chisinau. It is located in the perimeter of Bănulescu-Bodoni and Pushkin streets and includes five specific areas: the story zone, the ice zone, the adventure area, the traditions zone and the carols zone.

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IRI poll: 49% of Moldovans support joining EU, Igor Dodon’s approval rating at 48%

The International Republican Institute published the results of the latest Public Opinion Survey of Residents of Moldova. The survey touches upon topics like the pace of change in Moldova, public satisfaction with government and presidency, political preferences, foreign policy choices and media choices.

According to Stephen Nix, IRI Regional Director for Eurasia, the dramatic increase in the number of Moldovans who feel the country is headed in the wrong direction indicates that the optimism that followed the November 2016 presidential election has soured. Nix believes that the high dissatisfaction is related to the unstable economy and the rampant corruption- issues that need to be addressed by the government.

Nix sees the high support for EU membership among young Moldovans as a signal that citizens increasingly favor a more European-oriented approach to the economy.

Source: iri.org

The pace of change in Moldova does not satisfy Moldovans:

Source: iri.org

Low income/pensions, Unemployment, and Corruption remain to be the most important problems for Moldovans:

Source: iri.org

Few Moldovans think the economic situation improved in Moldova:

Source: iri.org

But some are a bit more hopeful about the future of the economy:

Source: iri.org

Causes of corruption are diverse in the opinion of Moldovans:

Source: iri.org

And contrary to the previous opinion polls, Moldovans now find more corruption within the high-profile institutions like the Parliament and less related to the regular public servants:

Source: iri.org

Few Moldovans are satisfied with the way democracy is developing in Moldova:

Source: iri.org

But at the same time, 54% (+21% to a certain extent) chose to prioritize economic prosperity over the democracy in Moldova:

Source: iri.org

More Moldovans support or favor the introduction of the mixed electoral system:

Source: iri.org

Moldovans also believe that the majority of them are afraid to speak up and express their political views:

Source: iri.org

The Moldovan Orthodox Church stays as the institution with the best image, but it is challenged by the Romanian Orthodox Church:

Source: iri.org

83% of Moldovans do not want to donate to the political party they support:

Source: iri.org

Most of the people are dissatisfied with the actions of the Parliamentary majority led by the Democratic Party:

Source: iri.org

Igor Dodon stays as the most trusted politician in Moldova, while Maia Sandu has only 15% of trust. 38% say they don’t trust anyone:

Source: iri.org

The popularity of President Dodon’s actions is also contestable:

Most Moldovans disapprove the Democrat Government led by Pavel Filip, although a big part somewhat approves it:

Source: iri.org

In case of Parliamentary elections, 34% of people would vote for the Socialists’ Party, 23% for the Action and Solidarity Party and 9% for the Democratic Party led by the oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc.

Source: iri.org

The popularity of the EU membership increased to a three-year high:

Source: iri.org

Most of the EU supporters are young:

Source: iri.org

Support for joining NATO remains low among Moldovans:

Source: iri.org

More Moldovans believe Transnistria should be an ordinary region of Moldova without any autonomous status:

Source: iri.org

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. The survey was conducted throughout Moldova (with the exception of Transnistria) from September 23 to October 17, 2017, through face-to-face interviews in respondents’ homes. The sample consisted of 1,514 permanent residents of Moldova aged 18 and older and eligible to vote and is representative of the general population by age, gender, education, region, and settlement size. The response rate was 65 percent. The survey was funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

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