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Metropolitan Vladimir about taxes: There is sacrifice in the Orthodox church, and the church ministers live out of Christians’ sacrifices

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Churches in Moldova live “out of the Christians’ sacrifices, but they aren’t charged taxes, unlike the Christian people.

ÎPS Vladimir, in an interview for Prime.md, argues that there is financial transparency within the Moldovan Orthodox Church, and those in the Church leadership “take this into account, and each year, before the archbishops, the deacons pay attention.”

Moreover, the official noted that from the money paid by Christians to churches are paid for communal services, or as salaries to the priests and to the employees of the churches. Vladimir explained that although the prices displayed, such as 300, 500 lei for a Baptism ritual, are sometimes criticized – this money “goes to the maintenance of this Church”.

Reminder: On December 30, a group of members of the Orthodox Church of Moldova launched a petition demanding financial and decisional transparency from the leadership of the Orthodox Church of Chisinau and of Moldova.

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The impressions of the US Ambassador to Moldova after a visit to Balti city for the first time

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US Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, E.S. Dereck J. Hogan visited Balti this week for the first time. His Excellency has shared his impressions in a video, which is the first in the series of video messages that Ambassador Hogan will discuss with the citizens of Moldova, the representatives of the Embassy say, realitatea.md concludes.

Ambasadorul Hogan despre vizita sa la Bălți

În această săptămână Ambasadorul Dereck Hogan a efectuat o vizită de lucru în orașul Bălți. El și-a împărtășit impresiile în acest video, care este primul din seria de mesaje video prin care Ambasadorul Hogan va discuta cu cetățenii Moldovei. #AmbassadorHogan

Geplaatst door U.S. Embassy Moldova op Vrijdag 14 december 2018

In Balti, E.S. Dereck J. Hogan was greeted with bread and salt. The Ambassador met with representatives of local public authorities and political parties. Also, the Ambassador visited the Innovation Center, a USAID project that will provide students with access to IT training.

“During one of the tours, I learned more about the free economic zone in Balti and the advantages it offers to potential investors,” Hogan said.

The Ambassador was impressed by Balti and the people he met. He admitted that he is looking forward to visiting other localities in Moldova and to talk with new people.

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Live with Igor Dodon. These are the topics our President (hasn’t) talked about

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In the evening of December 11, Moldovan President Igor Dodon answered several questions in a live broadcast. He explained to Moldovans how to act and keep working legally in case they violated the immigration law of Russia:

“If you have violated the immigration laws of Russia, you must leave the territory of the Russian Federation no later than 23 February and return on 1 March,” he declared.

The head of state has begun an electoral campaign for former colleagues from the Party of Socialists of Moldova (PSRM). He recommended that citizens vote for PSRM.

“I support the PSRM and they support me and therefore I recommend to all of us to support this party. I do not know if I will run for these elections, but I the have time to think about it…” Dodon added. However, he believes that this election campaign will be very tough because the stakes are high.

At the same time, he wants Russian language teaching to be compulsory in Moldovan schools.

“In the 1990s, we found a compromise for more ethnicity to speak Russian as an interethnic language, so we have to make sure that Russian is everywhere,” the head of state answered to the dissatisfaction of a man who appeared disturbed that in state institutions everyone speaks in Romanian.

Dodon is confronted with problems that the current government is not dependent on Europe. “We will change this situation,” he promised, not mentioning at all the donations made by the European Union for the development of our country.

Reminder: During the two years since Igor Dodon was the head of the state, he visited the Russian Federation many times, but he did not reach the neighbors of the countries: Romania and Ukraine.

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Maia Sandu about the BPO Survey: “There are many people who have not made a decision yet. We will fight for gaining their support.”

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The leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS), Maia Sandu, recently gave an interview for Europa Libera, commenting the results of the last Barometer of Public Opinion (BPO) survey published by the Institute for Public Policy (IPP). “As we already announced the intention of creating the bloc ACUM formed of the Party of Action and Solidarity, the Dignity and Truth Platform Party (DTPP), and members of civil society, we would have liked to see the overall results for the entire bloc,” mentioned Sandu.

She expressed her hope and optimism that people who have not yet made a decision could be convinced: “We will continue to fight for the ‘hearts’ of these people. We will try to explain them the situation through the few ways we have at our disposal, so that they can offer their support at the elections.” According to the BPO poll, 29% of the respondents still don’t know for whom they will vote at the future elections.

Maia Sandu stated that it is very hard to take any action when the equal access to media is not guaranteed. “Recently, I saw an attempt of the current government to publish fake news as political advertising in reputable newspapers, as well as in local newspapers,” said the PAS leader. She mentioned that, together with the DTP Party, they are determined to work a lot to make themselves heard by as many people as possible.

“In November we went to all the regions in the country, we visited many villages where we talked to people and asked them to help us fight all this fake news.”

When asked about the reason why people express less and less desire to vote, Maia Sandu highlighted the possible strategy of the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM), which is in power nowadays: “They want to introduce mistrust and confusion in the society and cause most people not to vote. If people don’t vote, the same politicians will stay in the government of the Republic of Moldova. They are aware that a greater presence at the election in February would increase our chances,” declared Sandu.

“We have to be ready to defend our rights as the only real opposition in the Republic of Moldova at the moment. Removing the opposition from these elections would mean miming them. So, our eventual exclusion from the campaign would automatically mean the non-recognition of the parliamentary election by the international community,” states Maia Sandu when asked about this matter.

Moreover, Maia Sandu claimed that no dialogue between the ruling political parties (DPM and PSRM) and the opposition is possible neither before the parliamentary elections in February 2019 nor after them. “The government has shown many times what its true intentions are. None of our proposals has ever been accepted, but all that this government does is transforming this election into something far from being called free and fair,” said Maia Sandu.

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