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Italy applauds the conductor from Moldova Andriy Yurkevych



The name of Andriy Yurkevych, Chief conductor of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre “Maria Biesu” is in all Italian newspapers. On February 15th, 16th, 17th and 19th in Genoa in the Theater Carlo Felice, triumphant performances of the Opera Giuseppe Verdi “Simon Boccanegra” took place with Andriy Yurkevych at the conductor’s stand. The performance has gained popularity not only in Moldova but also abroad.

Simon Boccanegra, first elected by the people of the Doge of Genoa, is a cult figure, and Maria Boccanegra, his daughter, lost in childhood and adopted by the family of Grimaldi, the princes of Grimaldi, the Royal family of Monaco, who have been on the throne since then. Verdi’s Opera pays homage to Genoa, its history as a Seaside Republic, in a version that debuted at the “La Scala” theatre in 1881. The Opera tied the history of the city, real events, people and, of course, the patriotism of the Genoese, expressed in the love, pride, devotion and loyalty to their homeland.

Barbara Catellani for Spezia Calcio says on the website OperaClick:

“In Genoa, the traces of the first Doge of the Republic, elected and approved in 1339 by the people… the traces are scattered here and there throughout the city: a house in the area of La Maddalena in the historic centre, a funeral statue placed in the Museum of Sant’agostino, Villa-now the Congress center-hidden between the pavilions of the hospital of San Martino, Palazzo San Giorgio, the first Palazzo del Mare (built by order of cousin Guglielmo Boccanegra, the first people’s captain), a fortress that now “turned” into a Belvedere Castelletto. Not everyone knows this, and we should especially thank Roberto Pani, who wrote valuable lines about the events and places of Boccanegra, provided images, told exciting stories in newspaper articles, on the pages of social networks, at conferences, the press, at the University of Genova.”

“Simon Boccanegra is a true Genoese work, the history of this city: the so-called ‘Genovese Age’, from 1528 to 1620, when Genova was the European capital of Finance and banking, and conquered the world. Rooted in the fourteenth century, when the “cruel city” was still torn apart by internal strife, but nevertheless was a proud and independent city, the era of Boccanegra is the prologue of glory that will come in three centuries.” So told Roberto Pani, hoping to see a lot of Genovese in the theater. He succeeded, obviously.”

The February performances were very much anticipated. And indeed, on February 15th, with a full house, the first performance was broadcast on the Internet on the theater channel. I watched the performance from the 15th minute of the broadcast, was fascinated by the beautiful singing, preparation and organization. Read a few excerpts from the articles about the play.

Barbara Catellani, OperaClick:

“The great cast, the orchestra in excellent condition, the master conductor. What more? Here, more than ever, we can use the term “orchestral palette”, so popular in books and specialized magazines, because we really appreciated the variety of shades, gradations of color, brightness or high density, and large brush strokes when it is necessary to highlight pain, ominous conspiracy, betrayal. Then the dynamics, the wording, the dialogue: the orchestra perfectly responded to the magic wand (magic, as we have already said) of Andriy Yurkevych. A master who, again, showed great charisma and rare sensuality.”


“At the remote control of the Teatro Carlo Felici conducts Andriy Yurkevych, music Director of the National Theatre in Chisinau, Moldova, a musician who can boast a repertoire from Mozart to the masterpieces of Bel Canto and Verdi, with a natural predisposition to the greatest Russian composers, who recently, on 18 January, we applauded in Genoa at the unforgettable Gala concert Jessica Pratt and Michael Spyres”.

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Andriy Yurkevych chooses the right tempo, the tempo of the performance at the console, and remains consistent with this choice throughout the Opera. He takes care of the orchestral sound, which thanks to the excellent work of the orchestra of the foundation is clear and distinct. Simon Boccanegra is the leading role, and Yurkevych directs all his interpretation in this direction.”

The theater has prepared 12 videos about the Opera: materials about the history of Genoa, the Seaside Republic of the time of Simon Boccanegra, the Opera itself, interviews with soloists, the director, heads of the Opera production in the section “Immersion in the Opera”. The interview with the conductor Andriy Yurkevych can be seen here.

The Youtube channel of the Teatro Carlo Felice, which broadcasts performances and tells about his work, registered in 2010, has about seven million views, which indicates the extreme popularity of Italian Opera and art.

In this video you can see pieces of the Opera “Simon Boccanegra” on 0.44, 2.24, 5.34, 7.21, 8.13, 10.37 minute.

Congratulations Maestro Andriy Yurkevych for the lovely creative work!


Record remittances sent to Moldova during the COVID-19 pandemic – expert’s explanation



The remittances sent by Moldovans from abroad reached a record level in May 2020. The last time there was a larger amount of money transferred from abroad was only in October 2014.

The economic policy expert Veaceslav Ioniță believes that the significant increase is, paradoxically, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to his estimations, during the period of April-May, when there were quarantine and closed borders, Moldovan citizens could not bring into the country around $150 million. Part of this money were transferred through official transfer systems, that reducing the amount of unofficial transfers, is noted in the opinion published on the page of the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDSI) “Viitorul”.

According to the expert, one third of all money from abroad are usually transferred to Moldova through informal ways, without using any official money transfer channels. “Each year, Moldovans receive almost $1.2 billion through official transfers, but also they sell on the foreign exchange market about $2.1 billion. The difference of 900 million dollars per year is the money that is introduced into the country through informal ways,” said the expert.

The total recorded transfers between April to May amounted $227 million, that being $14 million more than in 2019. At the same time, the foreign exchange sales during this period represented only 50% of the last year’s amount – $259 million. “April and May 2020 were the only two months in the history of transfers, when the money came almost exclusively through official channels. This explains this ‘miraculous’ growth,” concluded Veaceslav Ioniță.

The number of Moldovan citizens aged 15 and over who were working or were looking for a job abroad was 352 700 in 2018, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data. That represented 35,68% of the total available workforce of the country in the same year.

People living in the Republic of Moldova, along with the whole economy of the country, are greatly dependant on the remittances sent by the Moldovan citizens who live abroad. About 20% of all families with children in Moldova are supported by a family member who is a migrant. The concentration of such families in rural areas is three times higher than in urban areas, according to data from the NBS cited by the UNDP Moldova.

This money represent not only an important source of income for people living in Moldova, but also contribute to the increase of GDP nominal value. In 2018, the Republic of Moldova has been listed the 9th in a world ranking of remittances related to GDP, with a share of 16,1%, according to the World Bank data.

See also: Who? How? Where? Why? The migration profile of the Republic of Moldova

Due to the negative impact of COVID-19, remittances sent to Moldova are expected to decrease by 24-27% in the future, informed the UNDP Moldova. Decreasing remittance flows were predicted by the World Bank in the whole world. It was estimated that about 17% of all migrants have already stopped remitting to their families. In such a way, 23,4% of Moldovan households risk to be placed below the poverty line if they did not receive remittances.

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Survey// Popular COVID-19 fake news in Moldova and people’s (dis)information sources



More and more Moldovans have to deal with fake news every day. Unfortunately, a part of population believes them. According to a survey conducted by the WatchDog.MD community, in cooperation with CBS Research, the degree of acceptance of various false statements indicates an extremely high level of trust in such manipulations among Moldovan citizens.

For example, when asked about quite a few popular fake statements that circulate the whole world regarding the novel coronavirus, the survey participants answered the following:

  • 50.4% of respondents believe that the virus is no more dangerous than a flu and that it was intentionally made to destroy the economy;
  • 37.8% of respondents admitted that the virus was created by Bill Gates, in order to introduce nano-chips in the bodies and control them;
  • 37,2% of questioned people think that the COVID-19 virus was created in a Chinese laboratory;
  • 35,9% of them said the pandemic is an excuse to impose a global Government that will rule the whole world;
  • 33,4% of participants consider garlic a remedy for coronavirus;
  • 32.7% of persons who answered the survey dangerously consider that the virus is a myth and everything is just a lie;
  • 32,3% of them are sure that only old people get infected and die;
  • 32,2% of survey participants believe that democratic regimes have bigger troubles with managing the crisis than the dictatorial ones;
  • 29.7% of persons said the EU will collapse due to the novel virus;
  • 28.8% of respondents fear the COVID-19 tests are already infected when getting tested.

And these are, by far, not all false statements some Moldovans declared as being true during the survey. Some respondents think that the virus is spread in the Republic of Moldova through the 5G technology (11.7%), even though there is no such technology used in the country yet. Others claimed that the European Union didn’t offer any support to Moldova during the pandemic crisis (21.3%), despite the existing facts they can easily check.

Out of 1003 respondents, only one denied absolutely all false or manipulating statements.

At the same time, 45% of the Moldovan citizens who answered the opinion poll don’t trust at all or trust very little the World Health Organisation as a source of information. 5.2% of them don’t even know anything about the organisation.

When it comes to the local information sources, the survey respondents claimed that they merely find out what’s new by watching TV (77.2%), by accessing web pages (42.2%), various social media platforms (35.7%), such as Facebook, Odnoklasniki, Instagram and Vkontakte, or talk to family members (12.7%), friends and neighbours (15.1%).

Another important aspect is that only 1.4% of respondents inform themselves in any other language than Romanian, Russian or both. Even so, 16.3% of survey participants said it is rather hard or very hard for them to understand what news are accurate and whether the information presented is true or not.

A crucial source of disinformation for people of Moldova, which is not mentioned in the options of the survey though, is the church. Lately, the Moldovan Orthodox Church spread dangerous fakes about COVID-19 vaccination, nano-chipping and 5G.

See also: The Moldovan Orthodox Church spread dangerous fakes about COVID-19 vaccination, nano-chipping and 5G


The survey was conducted at the national level between May 5-11, being part of the project “Facilitating crisis communication and accountability as a civic response to COVID-19 pandemic in Moldova”. It was implemented with the support of the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation of the German Marshall Fund and involved 1003 persons aged 18 years and over.

The study measured political trends, geo-political preferences, media consumption, as well as the impact of manipulative rhetoric, false news and conspiracy theories in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Generation C – a documentary by about shepherding in Moldova and Georgia // VIDEO



At the end of January, presented the premiere of the documentary Generation C, a film about an occupation that was passed on from father to son – shepherding.

The documentary tells the story of Vaso and Anatolie – two men, one from the Georgian mountains and another from the south of Moldova – and displays the activity of their lives, that of their fathers, grandparents and great-grandparents. But will it be inherited by their sons as well?

Anatolie Ciobanu (his name is translated as shepherd) lives in Alexandru Ioan Cuza village, Cahul district. He has several hundred sheep and says he may run out of them one day.

Vaso Gulelauri lives in Lalisquri Village, Telavi, Georgia with his family. When he is not taking care of sheep and is not at home, he spends his time in the mountains. He has never been to the sea, because he loves the mountains too much.

In the last 20 years, the number of sheep in the Republic of Moldova has almost halved. The same thing happened in Georgia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia had about two million sheep. Now, the figure reaches one million only.

The documentary can be watched below:

„Generation C” documentary (english subtitles)

Prieteni, astăzi publicăm documentarul „Generația C” subtitrat în limba engleză! Deci vă invităm să-l distribuiți și să-l arătați prietenilor voștri care nu vorbesc româna sau georgiana și rusa. ^_^Într-o eră a Internetului, vitezei și industrializării, doi ciobani, unul moldovean, altul georgian, ne-au împărtășit istoriile lor și ne-au vorbit despre tradiția transmisă lor de bunicii și tații lor.Pe lângă imaginile pitorești, bucuria celor doi este că încă mai pot împărtăși această cutumă cu fii lor. Dar oare vor fi cei doi oieri și ultima generație de ciobani din familiile lor? Găsiți răspunsul în documentarul nostru, „Generația C”.

Geplaatst door op Maandag 18 mei 2020

This text is a translation. The original article here.

Photos:| Tatiana Beghiu

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