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Moldova and Ukraine Defense Ministers agree to make a “green corridor” for Russian troops to leave Transnistria

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The Defense Minister of Moldova, Anatol Șalaru, and the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Stepan Poltorak, today came to an agreement to prepare a “green corridor” for the withdrawal of the Russian troops and munitions from Transnistria.

Asked by Deschide.MD, Șalaru declared that the plan of withdrawing the munitions from Colbasna and the special Russian troops from Transnistria would be finished until the end of 2016.

“We discussed on the creation of a special corridor for the Russian military located in the Transnistrian region and for the munitions and weaponry stored at Colbasna. I was officially informed that the Ukrainian party is ready to prepare a corridor for the evacuation of Russian army and weaponry. We established that we would send our specialists in Ukraine to elaborate the technical part: to examine the exits from the Republic of Moldova, entrances to Ukraine, the ways for circulation. Then we would inform OSCE, because we want this mission to be under the rule of OSCE and UN. Until the end of the year, we will have another official meeting to finish the discussion and approve the stages of the evacuation operation of the weaponry from the Transnistrian region. We will ask the international institutions to make pressure on Russia to withdraw its army and munitions. We can offer all the ways: maritime, terrestrial and airspace”, declared Șalaru for Deschide.

Șalaru specified that Moldova would not have any expenditures, while a degrading part of the munitions will be destroyed with the financial and material help of the US and OSCE.

Șalaru with Ukrainian Defense Minister, Stepan Poltorak, and the head of the Ukrainian diaspora in Moldova, Mihail Bagas, at Odessa:

Șalaru previously mentioned that the Operative Group of Russian Troops has 1200 deployed in Transnistria, out of which 500-600 are professionals.

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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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