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A Red Notice issued: Vladimir Plahotniuc is internationally wanted

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The former leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM), Vlad Plahotniuc, who was previously wanted nationally for prosecution, has been declared internationally wanted on October 28th, according to an Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office statement.

“In view of the disregard of the summons issued by the anti-corruption prosecutors and his failure to appear before the criminal prosecution body, the citizen Vladimir Plahotniuc, […] was declared internationally wanted by the National Anti-corruption Center,” is mentioned in the statement.

Vladimir Plahotniuc is criminally investigated in two criminal cases for money laundering. The criminal cases were linked into a single procedure. More information can be found here.

On October 11th, the Chișinău Municipal Court issued a 30-day arrest warrant for the former DPM leader Vlad Plahotniuc.

Even though the name of Vladimir Plahotniuc can’t be found on the Interpol list of red notices on the official website, the interim head of the General Police Inspectorate (GPI), Gheorghe Balan, stated that more details on this case are held by the Interpol subdivision within the GPI, according to ZdG.

Plahotniuc’s lawyer Vladislav Roșca, who at the time of arranging the arrest measure for Vlad Plahotniuc said that the prosecutors did not gather enough evidence, considers that there is no reason for his client to be announced internationally wanted, as TV8 stated.

At the moment when prosecutors issued a warrant of preventive arrest of Vladimir Plahotniuc, his lawyer asked for a three-week postponing of hearings because his client would not be in Moldova at that time.

The Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office imposed, on October 30th, a seizure of the assets of the former DPM leader worth 66 million lei.

According to prosecutors, “during the course of the criminal prosecution there were seizures of the bank accounts held by Plahotniuc – a deposit account held at Victoriabank with about 15 275 000 lei, a deposit account in euro with 278 090 euros, the 100% share capital of Srl Bb-Dialysis with a total value of 31 826 322 lei, the 100% share capital of Srl Bass-Systems with a total value of 2 950 000 lei, and the capital of Srl Gmg Production of 10 800 000 lei,” informed the anticoruptie.md portal.

The Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office announced that the application of the seizures is aimed at “avoiding the risk of alienating money.”

Photo credit: Dumitru Doru (EPA-EFE)

Jurnalistă that speaks English very well. De aia Maria are grijă că prietenii noștri străini să nu piardă nicio informație valoroasă despre actualitatea din Moldova.

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Critical changes blocked in Moldovan politics – the Constitutional Court dictated the separation of powers

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On July 7, the Constitutional Court (CC) of the Republic of Moldova issued a decision, according to which, the dissolution of the Parliament in the last six months of the presidential term of office is prohibited under any circumstances, even though the president resigns during this period. Moreover, according to the same decision, holding parliamentary elections and presidential elections during the same period is prohibited. Simultaneous local elections are permitted though.

The CC took this decision after 2 members of the Parliament (MPs) submitted 2 notifications in this regard. The institution explained its decision by the fact that the separation of powers is needed, that meaning the temporal separation of the presidential and the parliamentary election campaigns.

“We are on the verge of social revolts due to the deepening poverty, as well as the injustice in the country. The Constitutional Court issued a decision that leaves no room for interpretation. From now on, a Government capable of relaunching the economy and ensuring the safety of the people of Moldova must be formed,” claimed Andrian Candu, the member of Pro Moldova (a political party formed after the separation of democrats).

The vice-president of the Dignity and Truth Platform Party, Alexandr Slusari, declared that the CC decision was predictable. “It was clear for us from the the very beginning that simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections is a wrong and strictly political path. […] If several MPs had acted in unison, without making use of a hidden agenda, the Chicu government would have long gone down in history,” he said.

Socialists consider the current Parliament as being compromised, as it ‘sunk’ into many corruption scandals and the opposition boycotted legislature’s plenary sessions for several times already. “We addressed the CC to make this clarification. We would have liked to save the citizens’ money and to hold the snap parliamentary elections on the same day as the presidential elections, on November 1,” is mentioned in a press release published on the page of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova.

“In this context, we support the idea of President Igor Dodon that, the first decree signed by the head of state after the autumn presidential elections must be about the dissolution of the current compromised Parliament and holding snap parliamentary elections,” is also declared in the press release.

The socialists’ dissatisfaction is especially reasoned by 3 failed attempts of the Parliament to meet in plenary session, during which the bills for which Chicu’s Government took responsibility before the Parliament were supposed to be communicated. Opposition MPs urged the Government to withdraw its bills from Parliament and register them for parliamentary scrutiny.

Photo: Facebook| The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova

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The effect of Russia’s constitutional changes on the Transnistrian region

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A nationwide referendum is held in the Russian Federation between June 25 and July 1 in order to amend the constitution of the country.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the opportunity to vote during several days was provided. The voting process is held outside and, in addition, contactless voting at home, electronic voting and voting using the Mobile Voter mechanism are available.

In the Transnistrian region, voting was allowed for three days, from June 28-30, the whole process being organised under similar conditions as in Russia, the Tass News Agency announced.

According to a survey conducted at 800 Russian polling stations from June 25 to June 28, the majority of voters opted for the amendments, 23.6% opposed them and 0.4% invalidated the ballot paper,

Beside the amendment offering the possibility of prolonging the presidential term of Vladimir Putin (until 2036 instead of 2024), there are a a few controversial amendments to the Russian fundamental law.

Source: Facebook| The Center for the Study of the Transnistrian Conflict Consequences

Russian federal territories

One of the most important articles of the Constitution of the Russian Federation that could be amended is article no. 67,  which provides for creation of federal territories in Russia and introduction of the expression “subjects of the Russian Federation”.

“By making this change, Putin wants to make sure that certain federal subjects do not leave the Russian Federation, such as Chechnya, Tatarstan or Crimea, the latter being illegally occupied by the Russian Federation. The territory of the Republic of Moldova doesn’t belong to  the Russian Federation. However, taking into consideration the priorities that President Dodon and socialist have, one could draw a parallel.

During the propagandist Moscow parade, Putin mentioned in his speech that all neighbours ‘are part of the Russian world’. Moldova, according to Vladimir Putin, is part of his strategic interest. The fact that 11% of the Moldova’s territory is hosting occupation troops proves it one more time,” said security policy expert Rosian Vasiloi.

Previously, President Igor Dodon claimed that federalisation is the only solution to solving conflicts in the Republic of Moldova, including the Transnistrian one.

Source: Facebook| The Center for the Study of the Transnistrian Conflict Consequences

Russia as the legal successor to the Soviet Union

In the same article, a paragraph was introduced, saying that the Russian Federation is the legal successor of the Soviet Union. Another amending paragraph states that the Russian Federation honours the memory of the “Fatherland’s defenders” and ensures the protection of historical truth. “The diminution of the importance of the act of heroism in the defence of the Fatherland is not allowed.”

Historian Andrei Cusco mentioned that the victory in World War II is a myth that represented the main pillar of the regime’s ideology after Putin came to power in 2000. “Russia has taken certain moments from the Soviet communist narrative and reinterpreted them to serve the interests and visions of the current regime,” Cusco said.

The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation prohibits the dissemination of information that expresses a clear disrespect regarding the days of military glory and memorable dates in Russia related to the defence of the Fatherland, as Meduza informed.

A good example is the reaction of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Moldova to the TVR Moldova declaration that June 22, 1941 was the day when Romania entered the World War II to liberate the Russian-occupied lands in the summer of 1940. “For Romanians, this date went down in history as the day of starting the fight for the reunification of the nation. The President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, is not of the same opinion, as he stated that today is the day when the occupation of Bessarabia began,” it is said in the article.

The Embassy of the Russian Federation qualified the material as “uncivilised and extremely dangerous, because it justifies the war criminals.”

“Such tricks offend most Russian citizens who remember the common heroism of the Red Army that saved Europe from the Nazi plague.”

The perfect Russian child

One more completion to the constitution refers to children education, namely patriotism, citizenship and respect for the elderly.

The same approach existed during the USSR, when the principles of a very cultured man were considered love for the socialist homeland, friendship, companionship, humanity, honour, love for socialist work, etc.

 Marriage of a man and a woman

Another newly introduced amendment provides for the protection of the family, maternity, paternity and childhood, defending the institution of marriage as a union of a man and a woman, creating the conditions for a decent upbringing of children in a family, as well as for the fulfilment of the obligation to take care of parents.

Yet, another video promoting the amendment of the constitution promotes homophobia as well.

Crime against Russians

The Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner believes that the way of voting the amendments is not democratic. “There are many proposed amendments. Among them, there are those that I would be willing to support, but there are those that I am against of. Unfortunately, everything is organized in such a way, that either you order the entire dinner or none of the dishes,” he said.

Liubov Sobol, a Russian politician and lawyer at the Anticorruption Foundation, claimed that resetting Putin’s mandates to zero is a crime against Russians. “20 years were enough to implement all the reforms needed for our country. We saw that Putin failed. Corruption is flourishing in the country, we have a low level of education. There must be a change of power, and all eligible candidates must be allowed to run for president. People have to make a choice.”

This text is a translation. The original article here.

Photo: Facebook| The Center for the Study of the Transnistrian Conflict Consequences

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75 Moldovan soldiers will participate in Moscow’s parade. The WHO warned about the taken risks

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75 soldiers from the Honour Guard Company of the Moldovan National Army were sent to Moscow on June 14 in order to participate to the military parade that will take place on the Red Square. The parade is scheduled for June 24, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of the World War II. The announcement was made by President Igor Dodon on the social media.

In his message, Dodon justified the participation of the Moldovan soldiers to the parade as following: “It is worth mentioning that the grandparents of 23 out of 75 soldiers participated in the WWII, so Moldova’s participation means not only a manifestation of solidarity with the countries with which we share a common history. but also a direct connection between generations, preserving the memory of the heroism of our ancestors,” said the president.

Source: Facebook| Igor Dodon

However, beside the romanticism in the president’s message, there should be also pragmatism to the current situation, which Moldovan officials have forgotten about: Russia recorded a total of 569 063 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7 841 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. According to the WHO data, there were reported 7 972 newly confirmed cases and 181 deaths on Jun 18 only.

Source: WHO

Under these conditions, such a mass event risks to become a cause of a new COVID-19 “exacerbated spread”, said the WHO representative, Catherine Smallwood, during a press conference on the current pandemic situation in Russia.

The Minister of Defence, Alexandru Pinzari, was supposed to offer explanations to the Parliament regarding the fact of sending 75 soldiers to Moscow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pinzari didn’t show up to the meeting, stating that he was on his way to an outbreak area of the COVID-19 infection. “They are in strict quarantine conditions. I am confident that they will return healthy,” the minister declared, referring to the 75 Moldovan soldiers.

The parade to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II has been rescheduled for June 24 after a postponement caused by the pandemic. Usually, the parade is organised on May 9.

Photo: Facebook| Igor Dodon

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