Analysis 04 Jan 18

Pro-Russian President Deepens Moldova’s Divisions

In his first year of office, Igor Dodon has been anything but a ‘President of all Moldovans’ – fighting with the government, agitating for Moscow and, some say, using Transnistria to build his own power base.

Madalin Necsutu
BIRN
Chisinau
Igor Dodon, President of Moldovan. Photo: Igor Dodon's Facebook Page

In his election campaign, Igor Dodon pledged to eradicate poverty, fight corruption and be the “president of all Moldovans”.

One year on, most of these promises seem to have fallen by the wayside, experts say, adding that his statements and actions have merely deepened the existing rifts in Moldova’s society.

“At a symbolic level, Dodon has … tried to radicalise the nostalgic factions of Russian-speaking groups.

“For them, President Dodon is a true political leader, with his compass orientated towards the [Russian-led] Eurasian Economic Union,” Igor Munteanu, director of the Chisinau-based Viitorul think tank, told BIRN.

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