Friday, April 30, 2010

More Snake Venom

Serghei Lavrov is one of my least favourite Russian politicians.  His initiatives and appearances are invariably bad news for those of us who live under Russia's shadow.  He's an unsmiling, uncaring, non-cooperative foreign minister from the Gromyko school who has little interest in grappling with the World's real (and shared) problems.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A wee little thought

In 1806 the armies of Imperial Russia entered the Principality of Moldova (with capital at Iasi) on their way south to retake Constantinople (Istanbul) in the name of Christendom.  They moved on through the Tara Romaneasca (with capital at Bucuresti) and ended up parking themselves on the banks of the Danube.  For six years there was basically a stalemate, with the Russians on the north side of the Danube eyeballing the Ottoman Turks on the other side and intermittent battles & skirmishes between the two empires.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Time for another velvet divorce?

The Sevastopol Lease

The Ukrainian Rada has today ratified President Victor Ianukovich's decision to lease a Crimean naval base to Russia for a further 25 years, in return for lower gas prices.

Monday, April 26, 2010

False Arguments in Favour of the Parade

A.  Everybody is going to Moscow.  If France is going to march, why shouldn't Moldova?

France and Russia have a different history to Moldova and Russia.  France is not a former part of Russia's empire.  France hasn't been on the receiving end of Russian gas and wine embargoes.  France doesn't have 10% of it's territory occupied by Russian troops.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Reducing Russia's influence in Moldova

In this post I want to list some practical steps by which Russia's influence in Moldova can be reduced and Moldova's own, unique identity begin to emerge from the post-Soviet shadow.  I'm not going to argue the point about why Russia's influence should be reduced, as I believe that is well established, and readers are invited to review my earlier posts that refer to the subject.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I couldn't say it better myself

"The issue of Moldova's participation in a military parade in the Russian capital should be seen in the the light of political and geopolitical realities of today. Moldova's past history in this matter matters less, because it was manipulated by forces hostile to the interests of the sovereignty and independence of Moldova, forces that wish to maintain our state at all costs, if not in the composition of the "Russian empire", then at least in the orbit of Russia's geopolitical interests.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Don't Panic!

The first public opinion poll in quite a while was released yesterday by IDIS Viitorul.  The results are shown below:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Let's step into a hornet's nest

I'm not a fan of gay pride parades.  They have a tendency to be noisy and lewd.  They promote a lifestyle which I personally have no interest in.  They attack some of the things I believe in and which are axiomatic to my way of life.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Snake Venom

Russian ambassador to Moldova, Valerii Kuzmin, spent part of the day handing out medals to Russian veterans of the "Great Patriotic War".  He took the opportunity to make several statements which I find offensive:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Free Vardanean

Ernest Vardanean is an independent journalist from Moldova's Transnistria region.  According to Europa Libera,  he is well known on both banks of the Nistru for his impartial and balanced reporting.  He is a regular participant in NGO-sponsored projects designed to bring together people from both parts of Moldova - that controlled by the constitutional authorities and that controlled by the separatists.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Today's Minister of Agriculture, Valeriu Cosarciuc, has released his master plan for agriculture:

  1. Land will only be able to be owned by physical persons
  2. The maximum size of a holding will be 500 ha
  3. Land can only be sold to people who will work it
  4. The state will subsidise interest payments on loans contracted by farmers
I am, frankly, shocked by these proposals from someone who should know better but seems detached from reality.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

How to elect a President

The Constitution of Moldova has a procedure for constitutional change (via Parliamentary vote) which requires any wording to have the approval of the Constitutional Court.  Following that approval, the proposal is put on the back-burner, before being put to a parliamentary vote, at which it requires the support of 2/3 of deputies, which, using normal maths, means 68 votes out of 101.

A little bit of innocuous fun...

Our EU Council President, who art in Brussels,
mispronounced be thy name.
Thy ever-deeper union come, thy directives be done,
In Chisinau as in Bremen,
Give us this day our daily budget support,
and forgive us our squabbles
as we forgive those who squabble over us.
Lead us not into isolation
and deliver us from Miszei.
For thine are the democratic values, institutions and traditions,
For ever and at least until the next anticipated election,

The Missing Commission

We have a commission investigating the crimes of soviet communism, and one investigating the events of April 7th 2009.  The one that is missing is a commission to investigate the 'freeness' and 'fairness' of the election that took place on April 5th 2009.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Smoking Gun

A few weeks ago there were some curious goings-on within the ranks of the AIE.  The first was interim President Mihai Ghimpu's address to the Constitutional Court, seeking to gain control over a state communications service, placing it under his authority rather than that of PM Filat's.  Then, a few days later, Ghimpu issued a request to Filat to give the presidential commission investigating communism full access to the archives of institutions subordinated to government.   These organisation's had something that Ghimpu wanted, and it seems we now know what that was.