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Amnesty International Moldova warns about the increased risk of the electoral law violation

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Amnesty International Moldova (AIM) is worried about the increased risk of violation of the electoral legislation and international conventions by the Moldovan state authorities, political parties and their supporters, in the context of the future parliamentary elections on February 24th, 2019.

According to a message from AIM, several electoral contestants reported the police inactivity in the cases of harassment and aggression by alleged supporters of their political opponents, while campaigning during the official electoral period that started on January 25th.

“We call on the competent bodies to urgently investigate these allegations and, if they are correct, to hold the accused persons accountable. We also call on the authorities to ensure a favourable climate to democratic and transparent elections, by respecting the right of every citizen to elect and be elected, “the organization’s message says.

The AIM statement followed after several incidents that happened recently. On Saturday, January 26th, Valeriu Munteanu, the ACUM Bloc’s candidate in one of the constituencies, came to Orhei to launch his election campaign. He was hooted by the supporters of the Șor Party. After the incident, Munteanu and other members of the ACUM Bloc have filed a complaint at the police office, “for the destroyed mobile phones and broken clothes,” said Munteanu. He also mentioned that the police impassively assisted at the intimidation attempts and did not intervene even when the citizens from Orhei were aggressed.

Photo source: Facebook| Valeriu Munteanu

On the same day, Ion Ceban, the member of the Party of Socialists from Republic of Moldova, announced that a coach, used for filming a party-political broadcast, was burned in Ceadir Lunga. The incident happened at night, at a bus station. The Socialist thinks that this incident “shows how the electoral campaign will take place.”

Dinu Plângău, the ACUM Bloc’s candidate  in the Edineț constituency, claimed that he was attacked by three unknown persons in front of the police office. “It is unbelievable that a candidate running for deputy in the Parliament is struck on the police office stairs, without the police intervention. I shot with my phone camera the incident, but the recording was damaged by one of the aggressors. At the same time, I am mentioning that the police office has surveillance cameras and I hope that the recordings will not disappear today,” Plângău declared in a Facebook post. He qualified the aggression as a way of hindering his political activity and forcing through physical threats and aggression to withdraw his candidacy from elections.

The Electoral Code stipulates that “the electoral contestants may hold meetings with voters. The local authorities are obliged to ensure the possibility of holding such meetings on equal terms, securely and without pressure.”

We remind that on February 24, parliamentary elections will take place in the Republic of Moldova, during which the new deputies in the Parliament will be elected. Unlike previous parliamentary elections, they will be based on the mixed electoral system with a national constituency and 51 uninominal constituencies. In the uninominal constituencies, 51 deputies will be elected based on the majority vote. The voters will receive two ballots: one with the list of candidates running for the deputy seat in the uninominal constituency, and the second – the list of the political parties that run for the national constituency. Citizens of the Republic of Moldova will have to choose one candidate from each ballot.

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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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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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