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Post: Moldova exposes pro-Russian network


The accusation has been around for a while, but now it seems to have been confirmed: Moldovan police are uncovering a pro-Russian network in the country. The aim is to destabilize the Eastern European state.

In the Republic of Moldova, on the border with Ukraine, police said they uncovered a Russian-controlled network said to be aimed at destabilizing the Eastern European state. Police chief Viorel Cernauteanu said on Sunday that 25 people were interrogated and seven arrested following Saturday evening’s raids.

US warns it will destabilize Russia

In recent weeks, the party of the pro-Russian oligarch Ilhan Shor, who fled the country, has held numerous demonstrations against the pro-Western Moldovan government. On Friday, the United States warned against Moscow’s targeted destabilization attempts.

Police chief Cernauteanu said the group now discovered consisted of people “who came from Russia on a very special mission”. An agent managed to spy on the network and record ten hours of audio and video footage.

Officials in Moldova took action after being informed of “destabilization actions of the Russian secret services” to be organized “through demonstrations” on Moldovan soil.

Pro-Russian oligarch campaigned for protests

Shor, the pro-Russian oligarch and party founder, is accused of paying people to participate in anti-government protests. Another demonstration is planned in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, on Sunday.

On Friday, the United States accused Russia of, among other things, trying to destabilize the Republic of Moldova through artificially fueled protests. US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Russia wanted to “weaken” the country’s government and incite a “rebellion” against it.

Moldova has been a candidate for EU membership since 2022.

Home to a Russian minority, Moldova is located between Romania and Ukraine. The country, which was part of the Soviet Union until 1991, has taken a pro-Western turn in recent years, which has been criticized in Moscow. In the summer of 2022, Moldova was granted EU accession candidate status.

On the border with Ukraine lies the self-proclaimed Republic of Transnistria, a separatist piece of land controlled by pro-Russian separatists, with its own government and administration. According to international law, about 1,500 soldiers of the Russian army are stationed in the region, which still belongs to Moldova.

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Source: ZDF

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