Support for Vladimir Putin’s Russia is on the rise again in eastern Europe, more than 25 years after the fall of the ‘Iron Curtain’.

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Two countries – Bulgaria and Moldova – have recently elected pro-Russian leaders in recent weeks and others are increasingly cosying up to Moscow as they fall out of love with the European Union.

 

Bulgaria, which only joined the EU in 2007, elected Rumen Radev, as their new president while Igor Dodon was elected in Moldova last week.

 

Both have based their campaigns around pivoting their foreign policy towards warmer relations with Russia.

 

Both countries share the Cyrillic alphabet with Russia.

 

Bulgaria was always traditionally very close to Moscow and Moldova, although it is overwhelmingly ethnic Romanian, was a former republic in the Soviet Union.