Analysis 11 May 17

Corruption and East-West Divide Worsen Moldova’s Woes

The split between Moldova’s pro-Russian president and pro-European coalition is fuelling the country’s confusion - as corruption allegations swirl around the government.

Ana Maria Touma
BIRN
Bucharest
The ruling Democratic Party in Moldova organized its own Victory Day and Europe Day march on May 9, while president Igor Dodon stood at Vladimir Putin's side in Moscow. Photo: privesc.eu

Moldova’s President, Igor Dodon, was the highest foreign dignitary and only state president to join Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9 - the annual grand anniversary celebration of the end of the Second World War.

After meeting Moldova’s new pro-Russian head of state no less than four times in only three months, Putin himself invited Dodon to Russia’s most lavish annual military display on Red Square.

Dodon in turn has vocally supported warmer relations between Russia and Moldova – a former Soviet republic long torn between Russia and Romania [most Moldovans speak Romanian and Moldova was part of Romania between the world wars].

During his election campaign, Dodon promised to scrap Moldova's 2014 Association Agreement with the EU and join the Russian-led Eurasian Union instead.

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