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2019 UN World Population Prospects: Moldova is expected to lose around 17% of its population by 2050

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The latest, 2019 UN World Population Prospects report that Moldova is one of the 10 European countries (besides Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Latvia, Lithuania, and Romania) that experienced both a negative natural increase and negative net migration rate during 2010-2019. Surprisingly enough, the UN prospects highlight that Moldova is also one of the 27 countries that have experienced a population decrease of at least 1% since 2010.

Accordingly, compared with countries like Lithuania, Bulgaria, and Latvia, Moldova is expected to lose around 17% of its population by 2050.

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Dumitru Alaiba: Vlad Plahotniuc has a Czech nationality as well?

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Deputy of the ‘ACUM’ bloc Dumitru Alaiba wonders whether the former DPM leader and oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc is Czech citizen. He recently posted an extract from what appears to be a document saying this:

According to the deputy, on June 4, Plahotniuc tried to open a new company in the UK.

“It seems that Vladimir Plahotniuc, before being taken down from the government, was busy with business development. On June 4, 2019, he was trying to open a new company in the UK – with a Czech passport. There’s nothing illegal, of course. It’s just that I didn’t know about it” wrote Alaiba on his personal blog.

The deputy urged Moldovan diaspora in London to visit the address from the document, in case they are in the area.

Read more: Vlad Plahotniuc made good use of his passport long before he became a political man

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The Kroll 2 Report: 77 of Ilan Shor’s companies received $2,900,000,000 in loans

Kroll was contracted by the National Bank of Moldova on January 28, 2015, in order to investigate money laundering frauds in three banks: Banca de Economii, Banca Sociala and Unibank. The amount of the contract was not made public. The Kroll 2 report, published by the parliamentary investigation commission on bank fraud, spans 154 pages. However more details, such as company or person names, have been deleted.

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At the same time, the report does not contain the list of beneficiaries of bank fraud. Kroll 2 presents the schemes where bad loans were offered, but also how these funds have later circulated. The report contains the list of the 77 companies within the URB group, as well as the loans they have taken from the Moldovan banks.

In interviews, they were experts at Kroll with employees at Banca de Economii, and it was found that many relevant materials related to loans offered to Ilan Shor’s group were destroyed in suspicious circumstances of a fire in late November 2014.

The report states that between 1 January 2012 and 26 November 2014, the Banca de Economii, Banca Sociala and Unibank offered $2.9 billion in loans to companies in the Shor Group.

Money earned on loans was redirected to foreign accounts in the Latvian banks ABVL and Privatbank, through which they were laundered. These accounts appear to be open only for this purpose because they did not record any other transactions.

Another part of the loans was transferred to the bank accounts of the Republic of Moldova, Russia, but also other jurisdictions.

The loans went through a coordinated money-laundering process and then disappeared into several bank accounts.

Part of the loans offered to the companies in the Shor group remained in Moldova. The tracking of the initial destination of the funds showed that the amounts remained in the accounts held at the three banks or were transferred to other banks in Moldova to pay for other loans. At the same time, more money was mixed with other funds, so it was impossible to track them later.

Out of the 2.9 billion US dollars, Kroll points out that about 220 million US dollars remained in the Republic of Moldova and were used to repay loans from the Banca Sociala, Banca de Economii and Unibank, and other banks.

The full Kroll 2 report can be read here:

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Vlad Plahotniuc risks life inprisonment amid drug trafficking accusations from Russia

No, this isn’t an article about politics. Recently, Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has accused Vlad Plahotniuc, oligarch and former Democratic Party leader, of leading an international drug cartel. According to the Russian investigators, he was involved in providing Moroccan hashish, through Spain, all the way to Russia.

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Because of that, Plahotniuc risks life imprisonment. The same accusations have been brought against former DPM deputy Constantin Ţuţu – the investigation considers that he was an accomplice of Plahotniuc and gave the instructions of the drug cartel, writes RBK.ru.

“Today, investigators of the Department of Investigations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, filed charges with the former President of the Democratic Party of Moldova Vladimir Plahotniuc and his trusted person – a professional athlete Constantin Ţuţu – for committing an offense under Article 210 (1) and (2) of the Criminal Code the organization of a criminal community),” said the Russian Interior Ministry’s official source.

Caption: Vlad Plahotniuc and athlete Constantin Tutu

Plahotniuc is also accused of 28 cases of smuggling and illegal sale of narcotic drugs in particularly large proportions.

In the course of the investigation, it was found that the former President of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Plahotniuc, “having the capacity to influence the political situation and the authorities in Chisinau, through criminal methods of influencing persons, aiming at personal enrichment, entered into a criminal conspiracy with the leaders of the criminal group in Moldova”.

According to available information, as of 2012, Plahotniuc has become one of the leaders of transnational drug transport.

The investigators also managed to gather evidence of a personal meeting of Vlad Plahotniuc with the criminal leaders Oleg Pruteanu, Alexandr Stegherescu alias Shasha-Sportivul and the Spanish citizen Manuel Silvio de la Paz, alias “Lolo”, in which “during the negotiations of which they discussed the amount of hashish delivered, the cost of purchasing, transit, storage, sale price, and the size of their income.”

Interaction with the organizer of the criminal community, Oleg Pruteanu, as well as direct control over this area of ​​criminal activity, directed by Vladimir Plahotniuc, were exercised by the professional Moldavian sportsman, former deputy in the Parliament, Constantin Ţuţu, writes the quoted source.

This is not the first charge against Plahotniuc in Russia.

In February, the Russian Interior Ministry accused Democratic Party leader Vladimir Plahotniuc and businessman Veaceslav Platon of organizing an international criminal group and illegal withdrawal of money from the Russian Federation. But there is more on that here and here.

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