Moldova

Moldova Socialists Force Defecting Deputy to Quit Parliament

Former deputy Stefan Gatcan was summoned for a talk on COVID-19 pandemic by President Igor Dodon on June 5. Photo: president.md   A former Socialist deputy resigned on Wednesday from the Moldovan parliament after being openly warned that he faced bribery allegations at the hands of the General Prosecutor’s Office after …

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Moldova Shuts Down Bootleg Helicopter Factory

Prosecutors and police in Moldova closed down a clandestine factory that was illegally producing copies of Soviet-type Kamov KA-26 helicopters to sell to ex-Soviet states. Moldovan officers raid the clandestine helicopter factory in the eastern Criuleni district. Photo: Moldovan Police/Facebook. The Moldovan Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Organised Crime and Special …

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Moldovan MP’s Defection Puts Socialist Govt’s Majority at Risk

MP Stefan Gatcan makes a speech after his election on March 16, 2020. Photo: Stefan Gatcan/Facebook. Stefan Gatcan left the pro-Russian Socialist Party, PSRM on Tuesday, saying he was quitting because the government has been failing to deal with the coronavirus epidemic properly. “Amid an unprecedented pandemic and crisis in …

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Moldova Urged to Ratify Istanbul Convention ‘Without Delay’

Moldovan human rights activist holding a placard saying: ‘Turn off violence, turn on The Convention’ during a protest against domestic violence in Chisinau, 2020. Photo: Moldova National Coalition ”Life without Violence” Facebook page The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, urged Moldova on Thursday to ratify the …

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Orthodox Believers in Moldova March against COVID-19

Clutching crosses, icons and church flags, dozens of Orthodox believers have set off on a walk north-south across Moldova, in an effort to ward off COVID-19. They aim to walk roughly 33 kilometres per day, making stops along the way but without wearing masks or gloves designed to combat the …

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Moldova Criticises Russia for Recruiting Teens to ‘Youth Army’

An old-Soviet tank is displayed in the centre of Tiraspol city in the breakaway region of Transnistria. Photo: BIRN/Madalin Necsutu The Moldovan Foreign Ministry on Monday evening criticised the Operative Group of Russian Troops, which is stationed in the breakaway region of Transnistria, for holding a ceremony to mark the …

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Moldova Adopts NGO Law, Releases EU Financial Aid

After weeks of opposition from pro-Russian political forces, parliament finally adopted legislation on NGOs sought by Brussels, so accessing a much-needed tranche of financial aid from the EU. Moldovan deputies taking a vote in parliament. Photo: EPA/Doru Dumitru After weeks of delays caused by pro-Russian political forces, parliament in Moldova …

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Fugitive Moldovan Oligarch Sues State Dept Over US Ban

The former leader of the Democratic Party in Moldova, Vladimir Plahotniuc, at a rally in Chisinau, June 9, 2019. Photo: EPA/Doru Dumitru The fugitive Moldovan tycoon Vladimir Plahotniuc, who is now in the US, has filed a lawsuit against the US State Department and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after …

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Moldova Reopens Economy Despite Surge in COVID Cases

An elderly woman passes the window of a clothes store in Chisinau, Moldova, May 16, 2020. Photo: EPA/Doru Dumitru Moldovan Prime Minister Ion Chicu announced on Thursday that all economic activities would fully resume from June 30 onwards, despite continuing concern over the worrying situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The …

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Moldova Fears Church Festival Could Worsen Spike in COVID-19

Vendors protest demanding the reopening of stories in front of the Central Market in Chisinau, Moldova, May 16, 2020. Photo: EPA/Doru Dumitru Moldova says the number of COVID-19 infections is again on the rise, raising fears of a second wave of the coronavirus. The head of the National Agency for …

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