Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hang in there

Last night I read a blog entry from Oxana Greadcenco, her first for several weeks.  Oxana is one of those young Moldovans who, through their protests and hard work during the summer of 2009, brought about the demise of the Communist regime and the installation of the AIE government.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ghimpu's Decree

Mihai Ghimpu's decree establishing the 28th of June as a day of commemoration of the Soviet Occupation and of the victims of Communist rule has stirred strong emotions both within and outside of Moldova.  Before I deal with the reactions, let's have a look at the facts of the case.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Commemorating Occupation

From www.presedintie.md

President Mihai Ghimpu signed a decree declaring the day of June 28, 1940 as Day of Soviet occupation

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Free and fair, finally

On Friday, parliament got around to sorting out an electoral system which had been much abused by the Communist regime.  Here are the highlights, together with my comments:

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Where in the world:

  1. Would the leading religious organisation openly support a particular political movement?
  2. Would a former head of a much-distrusted secret service put himself up for election to parliament?
  3. Would the opposition claim that it is undemocratic for the people to decide how their president is elected?
  4. Would politicians fall over each other trying to establish a strategic partnership with an occupying power?
Welcome to wonderland.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lavrovian Maths

A country that has produced many of the World's greatest mathematicians should know better. The numbers three and one aren't equal in any 'normal world'.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Economic Masochism?

This is the phrase used by Paul Krugman to describe Europe's current wave of government budget cutting and austerity.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gumenita walks

This morning we have witnessed another failure of Moldovan justice, with the Buiucani district court releasing former deputy police commissioner Iacob Gumenita from home arrest and allowing him to be 'investigated at liberty' with respect to his role in the events of April 7th / 8th 2009.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Caption competition #2

Here's another photo (from the Xinhua news agency) worth captioning.  Let's see what you come up with.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Caption competition

Communist party lawyer Sergiu Sarbu was photographed on a recent trip to America (photo: Hotnews.md).  I thought it might be fun if we have a little competition to add a caption (please use the comments facility).

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Condemning communism

Over the last few days the 'Cojocaru Commission' investigating the activity of the Soviet communist regime in Moldova has presented its report to the interim President, Mihai Ghimpu.  The report is a solid academic work based on six months of research by members of the commission, and on an unprecedented level of access to national archives, including those of the former KGB.