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Among the First in the World with Emil Racovita Cave

One of the largest caves in the world is in the gypsum rocks from Criva village, in Edinet (265 km north of Chisinau). It has a length of cellars of 89,000 m and branches on several levels. These facts place this cave on the third place among the gypsum caves and on the eighth place in the ranking of all giant undergrounds on the Earth.

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By Diana Ungureanu/ Chisinau/ Moldova.ORG/ — One of the largest caves in the world is in the gypsum rocks from Criva village, in Edinet (265 km north of Chisinau).

It has a length of cellars of 89,000 m and branches on several levels. These facts place this cave on the third place among the gypsum caves and on the eighth place in the ranking of all giant undergrounds on the Earth.

The cave was discovered in 1959 after an explosion at the gypsum quarry from Criva. After being released of underground waters, it had been mapped by speleologist. They found a lot of impressive size rooms: “Cinderella’s Hall”, the “Hall with Colonnades”, “Dacia’s Hall”, the “One Hundred Meters Hall” and a suite of galleries that create genuine underground labyrinths, where you can easily get lost.

Thus, from the total volume of 18 million cubic meters of emptiness, about 7 million cubic meters of emptiness from the European Podolian region is on the territory of Republic of Moldova.

In the cave there are two wells that connect different underground levels. Some are permanently flooded by abundant groundwater. Several lakes have been discovered: “Blue Lake”, “Dinosaur Lake”, “Lake Nautilus” etc. After the hydro-chemical analysis, it was discovered these lakes are rich in mineral salt content, which have a curative effect on the human body.

Every cave gallery is unaccountable lined inside with clay of different shades: blue, green, red, black, white. Lay speleologists made different clay figures, which served as ingenious indicators for halls and galleries that are interesting for visitors. Underground routes are not marked.

This cave can be a very important objective for tourism development in Moldova. The cave also has a special value from the balneological point of view because of the presence of the underground mineral lakes and large reserves of ionized air.

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Maia Sandu on Facebook deleting the Moldovan fake pages and accounts: They are DPM trolls who promote their party through propaganda and fake news

Party of Action and Solidarity Maia Sandu claims that the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM) should be excluded from the electoral race for using undeclared money.

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The statement was made after Facebook announced that it has deleted over 160 profiles and 28 Facebook pages and 8 Instagram accounts for “non-authentic behavior targeting people in Moldova”.

Maia Sandu mentioned that there is clear evidence that the CEC must initiate the procedure for canceling the DPM’s registration as an electoral competitor in these elections.

According to her, Facebook has officially stated that for the activity of trolls and fake pages denigrating the opposition and glorifying the government, “the pages created by DPM party promote it through propaganda and fake news”, about 20,000 dollars were spent, money undeclared at the CEC.

“More serious is the fact that Facebook found that the work of some of these pages was linked to employees in the Government,” Maia Sandu said.

Note: In a press release, Facebook announced that this activity occurred in Moldova and used a combination of false accounts as well as some authentic accounts in order to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.

The Government’s reaction

“As for the comments or posts made by the employees of the public institutions, we’d like to mention that more than 200,000 employees are paid out of the state budget, and the Government of the Republic of Moldova does not check the activity on the private account of the social enterprises of the employees”, the Government’s message said.
Moreover, according to the Government, employees have different political options and opinions, and the state is bound to keep the boundary between fighting the FakeNews phenomenon and guaranteeing freedom of expression for citizens.
“Therefore, in order to combat the phenomenon of FakeNews, we will ask for additional information from Facebook,” the Government said.
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Three young entrepreneurs from Moldova nominated on the Forbes 2019 Europe 30 Under 30 list

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Xenia Muntean, Vlad Caluș and Nicolae Gudumac are three young, creative and ambitious young entrepreneurs from Moldova that were nominated on the Forbes 2019 Europe 30 under 30 list, in the Media and Marketing category.

Xenia, Vlad and Nicolae are the co-founders of Planable – a revolutionary platform for initiating and managing social media campaigns for agencies, freelancers and marketing teams.

At the age of 25, 23 and 26 respectively, they managed to grow a startup company of  about 10 employees that serves as a communication tool between agencies or social media mangers with their clients. It speeds up the way social media campaigns are managed and makes planning, visualizing and approving social media posts easy and fun.

While Xenia oversees the operations as CEO, Nicolae is the company’s CTO with a passion for great UX and eye-candy design and Vlad takes care of marketing. Planable was part of Techstars London (2017) and just closed their seed round funding, according to Forbes.

This year’s Forbes 30 under 30 list featured 300 nominations across ten categories, from 34 European countries and 22 non-European countries.

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A 5-rules guide on how to recognize a corrupt politician that doesn’t deserve the people’s vote

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When one asks himself why the politicians in the Republic of Moldova became lately more empathic, tolerant, helpful in different social causes, one shouldn’t ignore that Moldova is currently in the electoral period and all politicians’ actions could represent not more than a measure of improving their image in the eyes of their voters. Moldova.org prepared a guide to an easier identification of a corrupt politicians, so that the common citizen could be helped to better distinguish whom to not trust in the electoral period.

This is not an electoral campaigning article, we don’t tell anybody for whom to vote or not to vote. The goal is to reveal the typical behaviour of a Moldovan politician that follows his personal interest of reaching the chair of the Parliament member and that could forget about all his promises after the election day. Therefore, here are 5 characteristics of a typical corrupt politician’s behaviour during the electoral period:

1. A corrupt politician has a corrupt past

The electoral period is not easy for any citizen that needs to decide for whom to give his vote. A lot of them are disappointed by the already ruling politicians and say that “nothing will change”. They are right, in a way. Now really, how can it change when the same people are governing this country for decades? Let’s take some examples.

Marian Lupu – he is a politician that has had various public functions for 18 years. First, he was named Vice Minister of the Economy in 2001. In 2005, he was promoted to Speaker of the Parliament. In 2009, Lupu left the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM), being offered leadership in the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM), one of the parties that signed the Alliance for European Integration. He also managed to be the President of the Republic of Moldova. Two years ago, Lupu run in the presidential election, but retreated from the race several days before the election day. Also, he resigned from the position of the president of the DPM and disappeared from the political arena. That was until several days ago, when he was appointed the new President of the Court of Accounts of the Republic of Moldova.

Another example of a politician that is ‘deep-rooted’ in the Moldovan politics is Igor Dodon, the president of the country. Dodon began his political career as the Associate Minister of Trade and Economics in 2005. Then he assumed the position of Minister of Trade in 2006, holding the position until 2009 while being an active member of the PCRM. In 2011, Dodon left the PCRM and joined the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM), being elected chairman of the party. In 2016, Dodon was elected President of Moldova. From 2005 until today, Dodon has been holding a public function, representing a controversial figure, just as Marian Lupu and a lot of other Moldovan politicians.

Before deciding whom to give the vote to, people should examine the past experience of their favourite candidate, the number of political parties he or she switched, how many years he held public functions, and what were the measures and initiatives the candidate implemented for the benefit of the citizens. Unfortunately, the big majority of voters either don’t have time for such analysis, or the analyses are already made for them and broadcasted by the politician’s TV Channels that have a national coverage.

According to several recently conducted surveys, most Moldovans consider that the country is not going in the right direction, being disappointed by the current government. Therefore, the disappointed voters could, as an option, check the electoral lists of candidates on the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) official website. If the candidate already was a member of the Parliament, he or she should be automatically be excluded from the voters’ options.

According to the CEC, the political parties that were already part of the previous parliament (the DPM, the PCRM, the PSRM and the Liberal Party) nominated the same candidates on the national constituency for the future election. Basically, they want people to vote the same candidates that will rule the same way they did.

2. A corrupt politician doesn’t properly declare his income

Another clue that could suggest the politician is corrupt, is the way the income declarations are filled in. When registering as a candidate for running in elections, every politician is obliged to declare all his income sources and assets, according to the Moldovan electoral code. In case the declarations don’t include some assets of the candidate or the declared assets were severely undervalued, the voter shall have no doubts – the candidate is corruptible and untrustworthy.

A representative example in this regard is Ilan Șor, the leader of the “Șor” Party. Ilan Șor indicated in 2018 a total available cash of about 100 000 EUR, including his monthly salary of 144 EUR and his wife’s income. However, he was qualified for taking a bank loan of 16 million lei (827 000 EUR), his debts reaching the sum of 57 million lei (2.94 million EUR), as anticorputie.md mentioned.

At the same time, Șor included in his income declaration several properties like terrains, apartments, a house and a garage, as well as a Bentley Continental from 2010 with an estimated value of 129 242 EUR, a Toyota Runner from 1997 that was included as having a value of 40 EUR and a GAZ 2410 from 1988 that was assessed for 260 EUR. Low incomes, high debts and undeclared assets characterised the Șor’s declarations from previous years as well.

Ilan Sor and his wife Jasmin Photo source: Facebook| the Sor Party

It’s also important to mention that Ilan Șor was sentenced in June 2017 to seven years and six months imprisonment for money laundering and scam in large proportions in the non-performing loans at several Moldovan banks in 2014, the case being known as the Great Moldovan Bank Robbery. However, Șor was released and would serve the punishment if the sentence becomes final. Sara Șor, his wife, known also as Jasmin (a popular Russian singer in the past) is the representative of a company that appears in the Kroll report related to the Great Moldovan Bank Robbery. Sara was one of the first persons that applied to the Moldova Citizenship by Investment program and she did that through this firm.

All income declarations of the candidates running for elections are available online on the CEC website.

3. A corrupt politician has no future plans for Moldova

Corrupt politicians hold their illegally obtained money on their off-shore bank accounts. Of course, that is not so easy to discover or prove. Still, there are other things that disclose their intentions: usually such politicians send their children away from Moldova and support them financially using the money from the off-shore accounts directly. Thus, most of the corrupt politicians are not interested in investing their time and efforts in developing a democratic system in Moldova, as their descendants have no plans to return to their homeland. It is the case of the son of Vladimir Filat, the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, as well as the son of the well-known Moldovan oligarch and the leader of the DPM – Vladimir Plahotniuc. The luxury exposed by the children of these politicians is characteristic for other ‘throne’ descendants as well.

4. A corrupt politician will try to corrupt others as well

Somehow it happens that people get to know about how hardworking, dedicated and altruistic some politicians are right before the elections. The electoral campaigning includes gift-giving and concerts, which, in fact, represent electoral corruption.

According to the fourth Promo-LEX Association report of the electoral observation mission of the parliamentary election, 4 cases were qualified as gift-giving during the electoral period of January 23rd to February 5th.  Promo-LEX already recorded 3 cases of offering electoral presents by the “Șor” Party in the form of packages with sparkling wine and chocolates, as well as the organisation of excursions to OrheiLand (the free amusement park built by the “Șor” Party in Orhei). The 4th case mentioned the PSRM candidate who donated church books in the uninominal constituency he runs.

According to the second Promo-LEX monitoring report on parliamentary elections, at least 3 political parties (the DPM, the Șor Political Party and the PSRM) organised charity campaigns, New Year’s Eve celebrations, concerts, festive meals and trips, in the period between December 10th, 2018 and January 8th, 2019. Out of 100 events qualified by Promo-Lex as being acts of electoral corruption, 42 were organised by the PSRM, 41 by the Șor Political Party and 17 by the DPM. Promo-LEX estimated an amount of minimum 3 776 917 lei (almost 200 000 Euro) paid for the above-mentioned events that were not included in the financial reports of the parties.

During this electoral period, some candidates got superficially involved in different local infrastructure projects and created a positive image for themselves, even though their activity is not directly related to the local administration. Thus, some roads got repaired overnight or some problems with the public transportation were resolved. This is how the DPM candidate, Monica Babuc, got credits for resolving the problem with public transportation in Ialoveni uninominal constituency. In reality, several trolleybuses were moved from other routes to provide the transportation service for the electoral period, as TV8 stated.

Monica Babuc next to the Ialoveni local administration’s officials Photo source: Facebook| Monica Babuc

5. A corrupt politician uses all possible means to divide the society and promises the moon to his electorate

“Dīvide et imperā” is the principle often used by the Moldovan politicians in order to divide the society on the religious, linguistic or geopolitical basis and, of course, to manipulate the public opinion according to their own interests. The PSRM says to its voters that they speak the Moldovan language and that the right direction of the country development is towards Russia. The president Igor Dodon promotes hatred messages and exploits the Russian vector for attracting the nostalgic about the Soviet Union electorate. The unionist parties tell people they speak Romanian, they are Romanians and call them to support the unification of the Republic of Moldova with Romania. Whereas the ACUM electoral bloc urges all citizens to consider the pro-European position as the only possibility to manage the political and economic crisis in Moldova.

Moreover, the Orthodox Church of Moldova is involved in the political arena, several cases when priests advise their parishioners for whom to vote being registered.

Sometimes, the candidates make phantasmagorical promises that couldn’t be implemented, no matter how many efforts and desire would be put in. For example, Marina Tauber promised in a public electoral debate at the TVR Moldova Channel that the “Șor” Party will implement modern cooperatives (kolkhoz) at the national level, create oil refineries (even though Moldova doesn’t have significant petroleum resources), fight corruption and even set the minimum wage to the amount of 5000 EUR(!).

The voters should carefully analyse these political promises, as well as others made by the Moldovan politicians. If they are tempted to believe some promises, then the candidate in question should be ‘scanned’ according to the previously mentioned characteristics of a corrupt politician. Every electoral candidate that has at least some chances of becoming the choice of a voter should pass the ‘rationality test’, by comparing his actions to the image he wants to build for the elections.

Photo source: themoscowtimes.com

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