Monday, May 31, 2010

Almost Friendless

Well, it's been and gone - the annual dose of silliness known as the Eurovision song contest.  Romania did well off the back of Paula Seling's amazing voice and that funny piano of theirs.  Denmark did quite well on the back of Abba nostalgia and Turkey (refreshingly & unexpectedly) gave us a dose of hard rock.  I won't even mention Armenia's apricots...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Kyrgyzstan on Prut?

From Petru Bogatu's blog:

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in a televised interview, compared the state of things in Moldova with that of a country which is on the eve of a popular revolt. "With regard to Moldova, we recognize that the political situation is not yet stable.  The situation may not be as acute as in Kyrgyzstan, but it is very similar to this country, " pointed out the head of government in Moscow with a knowing air.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Emergency Exit

A number of experienced Moldovan and international commentators are reading between the tea-leaves of declarations currently being made by senior Russian and Ukrainian politicians and coming to the conclusion that the two eastern powers have cut a secret deal in respect of the Republic of Moldova.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Policy for Aging

A report released last week showed clearly that Moldova's population was aging more rapidly even than its neighbours.  A combination of low birth rates, lower mortality and emigration mean that the country's ratio of pensioners to people of working age is high and getting higher.  Couple that with the already miserly pensions being received by those of advanced age and you can see we have a recipe for disaster in the years ahead.

Friday, May 14, 2010

I agree with Lavrov!

Russian Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov commented today that the Eastern Partnership's free trade agreements, association agreements and neighbourhood policies would impede the integration of the six countries involved (one of which is Moldova) into Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) structures.

On the "Economic Blockade" of Transnistria

A day or two a story appeared in the Russian daily "Independent Newspaper" postulating that Russia and  Ukraine are about to sign an agreement to "lift Moldova's economic blockade on Transnistria".

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Last Straw

Today, the Supreme Court of Justice has overturned the 'wet bus ticket' ("severe reprimand") given to Ion Muruianu for calling Moldova's journalists 'rabid dogs' and making rulings that breach the human rights of Moldova's citizens.  This is another step in Muruianu's (and his communist backers') reassertion of control over Moldova's judiciary.

Hero, not traitor

Transnistrian television yesterday showed footage of jailed journalist Ernest Vardanian "confessing to treason against the Transnistrian state".  In his statement, Vardanian declared that he had been working (under duress) for the Moldovan security services since the year 2000, and gave significant detail in support.