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Since the end of 2015 Vlad Plahotniuc, an oligarch and the richest man in Moldova, has been de facto the only person who counts in Moldovan politics and business.
The Republic of Moldova is an exceptional state. It was the only Soviet republic to proclaim independence, on 27 August 1991, in order to become part of another state, i.e. Romania, rather than building its own independent political…
Plahotniuc has concentrated political and business influence in his own hands on a scale unseen so far in Moldova’s history since 1991.
With control over the state in the hands of two oligarchs questions are raised regarding the prospects of Moldova’s real modernisation.
While the Kremlin presents the EEU as the Eurasian equivalent of the European Union, the project is in reality an imitation of integration.
In recent months Russia has increasingly used instruments for exerting economic pressure on Moldova.
Despite the complicated relations between Chisinau and Gagauzia, it seems that there is little danger that the region may become dangerously unstable.
The key element of Chișinău’s diversification project is the construction of the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline, but it won't resolve problem before the end of the current decade.
The economy of breakaway Transnistria is a peculiar combination of the command-and-distribution model inherited from the USSR with elements of a free-market economy which is heavily dependent on Russian energy and financial subsidies.…
After coming to power in September 2009, the Alliance for European Integration (AIE) coalition began implementing a wide-ranging programme of reforms, with a view to…