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Huge queues at the polling stations in Varnita after Transnistrian voters were brought by scores with special buses.

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1 vote = $20

It’s worth noting that the Transnistrian residents are usually very passive in their participation in the Moldovan elections. Almost 2-3 thousand Moldovan citizens from the left bank of the Nistru would always participate in the previous elections.

However, during the recent parliamentary elections, at the polling stations in Varniţa, huge queues have been formed. Several voters from Transnistria were brought (and bought, too?) in organized buses and minibusses.

In addition, several Transnistrian cars were observed adjacent to the two polling stations. Two buses and a minibus had a small billboard on which “Natasha” was written.

The Moldova.org reporter has observed that the voting process was unusually slow and, still, the voters awaited their turn.

Moreover, there were 3 places in Bender where drivers were transporting people to the elections. Not only did this happen in Varnita, but also in Cosnita, Rezina, Hagimus, Ustia, and many others. A Free Europe Radio reporter, too, spoke with a voter who confirmed to the room that people are brought to the wards and are promised money.

“They would tell them to vote for a certain party, then the minibuses would drive them to Varniţa or Hajimus, then they would give them the money (about $20, depending on the party) after they have stamped on the bulletin that they voted for”, the reporter Moldova.org said.

But did the Central Electoral Commission do anything about it?

Immediately after the information appeared in the media on the transportation of voters from the left bank of the Nistru River, the Central Electoral Commission stated that, according to the electoral legislation, there are no bans on the transportation of citizens to the polling stations.

The political show must go on

At the same time, the Democratic Party of Moldova informed the Central Electoral Commission about the fact that on the election day, the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova would provide money for participation in polling stations in the constituencies for voters from the left bank of the Dniester.

On the other hand, President Igor Dodon claims that Sheriff LLC, a corporation in Transnistria, buys voters from the left bank of the Nistru to come to the right bank of the Nistru Dniester in order to vote in the elections for the Democratic Party led by Vlad Plahotniuc.

The press has posted several images where people brought to polling stations for Transnistrian voters admit they have received money to exercise their right to vote.

Will be updated.

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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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