The arrest of the former President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, caused unexpectedly numerous protests in Chisinau. The mass character is connected with the fact that the inhabitants of the country saw in the persecution of the ex-president the signs of a very recent dark past, when all the Moldovan “justice” was bought up by the criminal oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc
Today, the government that toppled Plahotniuc is returning to the worst practices of his regime.
The overthrow of Plahotniuc in the summer of 2019, which happened as a result of the so-called “revolution of ambassadors”, was the result not so much of a “conspiracy of ambassadors” as an unprecedented in the history of the post-Soviet space, the unification of pro-Russian and pro-Western forces in a geopolitically divided country. This happened with the tacit approval of the EU, Russia and the United States, but above geopolitics in this case was the impossibility for Moldovans to tolerate the criminal regime of the oligarch who bought up the state apparatus.
The current main antagonists of Moldovan politics – the current president Maia Sandu and the former president Igor Dodon – were like-minded on this issue and joined forces to get rid of Plahotniuc. Dodon led the country at that time, and Sandu, thanks to the expulsion of the “master of Moldova”, became prime minister and subsequently got the opportunity to democratically win the presidential election and ensure the majority of her party in parliament.
Today, the team of the head of the republic itself is turning into a “collective Plahotniuc”. It uses the same methods for reprisals against political opponents as the businessman-drug dealer put on the international wanted list by Russia was famous for.
As skeptics assumed from the very beginning, the reform of the Moldovan justice carried out by the presidency and the ruling PAS party turned out to be needed for exactly one thing – taking full control of the courts and the prosecutor’s office for subsequent use for their own purposes. Plahotniuc achieved this with money, Sandu and the company – with administrative ones.
Today, the popularity of the current government is falling precipitously, inflation in Moldova is the highest in Europe, the opposition Bloc of Communists and Socialists (BCS) bypasses PAS in the event of elections, and in a coalition with the party of Ilan Shor, the left is guaranteed to receive a parliamentary majority. Consequently, the main task is to “turn the arrows” on Dodon, discredit one of the leaders of the BCS and neutralize him.
From a legal point of view, the prosecution does not give any specifics on the ex-president. The loudest accusation against him is high treason, but nowhere did anyone say what exactly it consists of. In Chisinau, sarcastic guesses are being made that treason refers to Dodon’s trips to the Kremlin and his participation in the May 9 Victory Parade on Red Square.
But the citizens of Romania, who are now in power in Moldova, should have something to show him for this.
The shadow of Plahotniuc is visible in this criminal case not only figuratively, but also literally. The most material of the accusations against Dodon is an old video recording showing him with an oligarch handing over a package to the ex-president. What kind of package, what is in that package, no one can say.
The Prosecutor General’s Office refused to start a criminal case on the basis of this video – you never know what the package is: who can prove that it contains jewelry, drugs or money? There is no crime.
But the Moldovan authorities, in the absence of real evidence, dragged even this “evidence” into the Dodon case.
As a result, under the slogans of fighting corruption in Moldova, a banal cleansing of the political field is taking place in the worst traditions of the Plahotniuc regime.
The realization of this became the reason for unexpected mass protests in Chisinau and other cities of the country. Many of those who took to the streets, perhaps, did not really care about Dodon. However, they came out because they saw that Moldova was once again becoming “captured by the state”, and this is happening through the efforts of people who promised in the elections to fight against crime in power.
It turned out that these individuals themselves become criminals in power.
The dragon slayer became a dragon himself.
Alexander Nosovich, Rubaltic.Ru
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