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Facebook says it has removed 168 accounts, 28 pages, and eight Instagram accounts from its social-media platforms after they were discovered to be "engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior targeting people in Moldova" ahead of the country's February 24 parliamentary elections.
12 February 2019
Moscow's Lefortovo District Court on February 12 ruled to extend the pretrial detention of Karina Tsurkan, an executive with energy holding company Inter RAO charged with spying, until at least mid-April, Russian media reported.
11 February 2019
Two Moldovan pilots have been freed after spending 3 1/2 years in captivity in Afghanistan, President Igor Dodon has announced.
8 February 2019
A court in Britain has ordered the son of former Prime Minister Vladimir Filat to hand over $650,000 following an investigation by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA).
7 February 2019
A court in Britain has ordered the son of former Prime Minister Vladimir Filat to hand over $650 million following an investigation by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA).
31 January 2019
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued judgements on 1,014 cases last year. Nearly one-quarter of them were from Russia.
29 January 2019
More than two-thirds of the 180 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 scored below 50 on its 0-100 scale.
16 January 2019
The United States has urged Moldovan officials to ensure a free and fair election process for the country's upcoming parliamentary elections.
19 December 2018
The European Union has asked Western Balkans and EU Eastern Partnership countries that have visa-free regimes with the bloc's Schengen Area to take further measures to address irregular migration.
11 December 2018
The ruling came after a request from the Western-leaning ruling Democratic Party lawmakers, who argued that Dodon failed to fulfill his constitutional obligations by repeatedly refusing to sign into law five bills that parliament had passed.
6 December 2018
Romania has blocked European Union foreign ministers from adopting recent conclusions by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council that are critical of Moldova, several EU diplomats have told RFE/RL.
4 December 2018
Moldovan President Igor Dodon has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help in removing bureaucratic barriers that were preventing Moldovan labor migrants in Russia from returning to Moldova to take part in the country's February 2019 parliamentary elections.
18 November 2018
Thousands of people carrying red flags have marched in the streets of the Moldovan capital in support of the main pro-Russian opposition Socialist Party, ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections.
Moldovan President Igor Dodon joined his Socialist Party of Moldova (PSRM) in launching an election campaign on November 18. Supporters of the opposition party marched in the streets of Moldova's capital, Chisinau, ahead of parliamentary elections set for February 24, 2019. The elections will be held according to a new electoral law passed in September 2017, which critics say gives an unfair advantage to the country's two largest political parties.
15 November 2018
The European Commission on November 15 said it was cutting its financial assistance to Moldova by 20 million euros ($22.7 million) per year for both 2017 and 2018 amid concerns about the rule of law and the democratic backsliding of the country.
14 November 2018
The European Parliament has overwhelmingly passed a resolution highly critical of Moldova, saying it has become a “state captured by oligarchic interests” that exert their influence over most part of Moldova's society.
2 November 2018
The European Union will not hold an Eastern Partnership summit in 2019, but a "high-level conference" marking the 10th anniversary of the forum will bring together the EU and the former Soviet republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, several sources have told RFE/RL.
1 November 2018
Bulgarian prosecutors have charged senior state officials in connection with a document fraud scheme that they said had enabled people from Ukraine, Moldova, and the Western Balkans to obtain Bulgarian passports and travel freely in the European Union.
17 October 2018
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has embarked on a two-day visit to Moldova aimed at boosting relations with the former Soviet republic.Erdogan met on October 17 in Moldova’s capital with his counterpart, Igor Dodon, and the two presidents signed a joint declaration on “strategic” cooperation between Chisinau and Ankara.The two presidents also inaugurated the presidential palace in Chisinau, which was renovated with funds from Ankara after the building was ransacked in 2009 by demonstrators protesting against what they said were rigged elections.At a press conference, Dodon called Turkey an “extremely important partner” for Moldova and an "example…when it comes to defending national interests.""The diplomatic relations of friendship between the two countries have existed for 26 years. More than 60 bilateral acts have been signed, and today is a historic day in strategic consolidation between our states,” Dodon said.Erdogan said Ankara "unreservedly supports the territorial integrity of Moldova and calls for a peaceful settlement" of the conflict over the Moscow-backed separatist region of Transdniester, which declared independence from Moldova in 1990.The two sides fought a brief war in 1992 that ended when the Russian military intervened on the side of Transdniester. Transdniester's independence is not recognized by any country.On October 18, the Turkish leader was set to travel to Moldova’s autonomous Gagauzia region, which Dodon described as a “bridge of friendship between our countries.”Gagauzia is populated mainly by ethnic Turkish Gagauz who speak Russian and have adopted Russian Orthodox Christianity.Erdogan’s visit comes weeks after seven Turkish teachers were detained in Chisinau in a joint operation with the Turkish intelligence service and were expelled from Moldova on September 6 in a move criticized by human rights organizations.Erdogan praised the action, saying it is "normal for friends to help each other when there are problems."Meanwhile, dozens of people protested outside the Turkish Embassy in Chisinau, chanting, "Down with the dictatorship" and "Down with the mafia."One placard read, “Danger Zone – in Moldova you risk being sold to Erdogan!”Moldova's state security service, the SIS, said the seven teachers posed a "risk to national security," without providing details.They were staff members of a Turkish high school in Chisinau’s Durlesti neighborhood that is linked to U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for a failed coup in 2016. Gulen rejects the claim.With reporting by Moldpress and AP
People protested at the Turkish Embassy in Chisinau, during a visit to Moldova by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The protests follow a joint operation by Turkish and Moldovan security services in which seven Turkish teachers were extradited to Turkey.
11 October 2018
The harmful use of alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, representing one in 20 deaths worldwide, a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
The Moldovan Constitutional Court has suspended the powers of the country’s Russia-friendly president amid a standoff over ministerial appointments with his opponents in Chisinau's pro-Western government.
Moldovan President Igor Dodon says he will host his Turkish counterpart in Chisinau in October, weeks after Moldova expelled seven citizens of Turkey, in a move criticized by human rights organizations.
7 October 2018
Several casualties were reported late October 6 after an explosion in a high-rise building in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau.
4 October 2018
Moldova's parliament has overridden a veto by President Igor Dodon, passing legislation that will transfer the site of a former stadium in Chisinau to the United States for its new embassy.
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