it's time to summarise my scores:
The economy: pass
Foreign policy: fail
Human rights: fail
As well as their historic record, I also need to consider where the Communists would take Moldova should they win another term. in my view they would be unlikely to liberalise the economy or democratise society, and they would furthermore promote a sub-optimal, Russia-centred future.
If I had a vote, I would not give it to the Communists.