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Russian Duma asks Pervyi Kanal to cease contract with Vlad Plahotniuc, following Moldova’s “anti-propaganda” law

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24 January 2018- 424 deputies of the Russian State Duma condemned in a declaration the “discrimination of Russian media” in Moldova and asked the state channel Pervyi Kanal to cease the contract with the outlets owned by the Moldovan politician Vlad Plahotniuc, reports Parlamentskaya Gazeta.

The head of Duma’s committee for CIS affairs, Leonid Kalashnikov, declared that Plahotniuc is using the entertainment shows from Pervyi Kanal (for his “Prime TV”- Moldova.org), but replaces the news programmes. Moreover, Kalashnikov thinks that the Russian deputies must “give a personal mark” to Vlad Plahotniuc, who holds Russian citizenship and who is investigated for “attempted murder”.

“The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation sees such actions on the behalf of the “coordinator” of the governing coalition V. G. Plahotniuc, effectively usurping the power in the state, as a serious violation of the generally-recognized international law norms in the domain of free access to information, affecting the rights of a significant part of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, and qualifies these actions as another anti-Russian act”, reads the document, quoted by RIA Novosti.

The statement of the Russian deputies reads that the “anti-propaganda” law initiated by Plahotniuc and adopted by the Moldovan authorities seriously violates declarations and conventions on human rights, asking the UN, the Council of Europe and the OSCE to evaluate the law.The deputies agree that the Russian government must ensure the access to Russian TV shows to the Moldovan population.

The adopted law, readopted on 22 December 2017 and promulgated on 10 January 2018, provides the permission for TV and radio broadcasting of informative, analytical, military and political content that is produced in the countries that ratified the European Convention on Transborder Television, EU member states, US and Canada. The law also stipulates sanctions for broadcasters that violate the law: from fines to canceling broadcasting licenses in less than 30 days by a court. Most probably, the law is directed against the Russian propaganda TV shows that are rebroadcasted in Moldova through the local franchises.

Plahotniuc owns the most-watched TV channel in Moldova, Prime TV, that rebroadcasts Russian “Pervyi Kanal”, probably the most popular piece of Kremlin’s propaganda machine. On the other hand, NTV Moldova, belonging to a Socialist MP and known for best coverage of Igor Dodon, and partially rebroadcasting NTV from Russia, would likely suffer from the “anti-propaganda” law.

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Maia Sandu and Andrei Nastase criticize the Romanian Government for blocking a negative EU report on Moldova

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Pro-European Leaders of Chişinău, Maia Sandu (PAS) and Andrei Năstase (DA) criticize the PSD-ALDE government in Bucharest for blocking a negative report prepared by the European Union against the majority in Chisinau, controlled by oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc.

“It is already well-established that whenever international political cover for lawlessness and thievery in the Republic of Moldova is needed, oligarch Plahotniuc can count on the unconditional support of Liviu Dragnea and Victor Orban. The government in Bucharest, flanked by Russia’s loyal friends in Budapest, refuses ostensibly to admit anti-democratic slippages in Chisinau, placing itself on the oligarch’s side to the detriment of the citizens – a sad triumph of the centenary year” in a joint statement by Maia Sandu and Andrei Năstase, posted on Facebook.

“After the PSD-ALDE political party’s PD-PSRM political cartel, following the change of the electoral system to the benefit of the pro-Russian party in Moldova, after the moral support offered by Dragnea to Plahotniuc with the invalidation of the Chisinau elections won by pro-European and pro-Romanian government, the government in Bucharest decided to block a critical report on Plahotniuc’s regime, to be adopted by the Foreign Ministers of the European Union. The report denounces the violation of democratic practices by the Chisinau authorities,” the two pro-European political leaders in Chisinau said.

Sandu and Năstase highlighted the provisions of the EU-prepared report for the Republic of Moldova:

  • The commitment to democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights are at the heart of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, and the events in Moldova this year, “including the invalidation of elections for the Chisinau City Hall”, “caused significant worries” respect for this commitment by the Moldovan side,
  • EU foreign ministers expect the parliamentary elections announced for February 2019 “to be conducted in line with international standards, respecting democratic principles and ensuring a credible, transparent and comprehensive process.”
  • The huge concern about the “growing number of reported cases involving pressures and intimidation” against the opposition, free media and civil society as a whole,
  • Asking all candidates of the Moldovan authorities to provide access to the media and equal opportunities to participate in the elections,
  • Demanding the presence of “an appropriate number of polling stations” from the Moldovan authorities, both in the country and abroad.
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Andrian Candu asks the Constitutional Court to suspend President Dodon for the fifth time

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The pre-electoral political theatre lead by the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) and  Socialist Party of Moldova (PSRM) continues.

The head of state, Igor Dodon, could be temporarily suspended for the fifth time since taking office. Speaker of Parliament Andrian Candu and Democratic deputy Sergiu Sirbu filed a complaint to the Constitutional Court. Today, the judges will decide whether the suspension will happen.

According to the case filed by Andrian Candu and Sergiu Sirbu, the head of state refused to promulgate several laws, although the Constitution obliges him to do so after being revoked in Parliament.

Thus, Dodon is accused of refusing to promulgate five laws approved by Parliament, including the construction of the US Embassy on the site of the former Republican Stadium, the celebration of 9 May as Europe Day, the new Audiovisual Code, and the reform of the Carabineer Troop Department.

So far, Igor Dodon has been suspended from office four times, and the bonds were met by Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu.

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Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova has accepted the offer to join the ACUM resistance movement

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A couple of days ago, Dignity and Truth Platform Party (DTPP) leader Andrei Nastase declared that the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (LDPM) and the Liberal Party (PL) should not participate in the parliamentary elections in February 2019. Instead, some of the exponents of the two Formations could be found on the Block List “ACUM” and in some constituencies. Moreover, Nastase asserted that his party and Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) will not negotiate anything with LDPM and PL representatives, as the electoral bloc will not “expand” under any circumstances.

Today, despite the statements of Andrei Năstase, LDPM vice-president Ion Terguţă announced on his Facebook page that his party will join the ACUM resistance movement.

“LDPM has accepted the offer ACUM. There will be fire.”

It seems that the decision was taken today at the meeting of the LDPM National Political Council. Thus, the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova will participate in the elections of 24 February in the composition of the ACUM block, which includes the PAS and DTPP parties.

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