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Why Moldova’s battle against Russian propaganda isn’t what it seems

New legislation banning Russian news from Moldova’s media market seems less about countering disinformation, and more about defending vested interests. RU

“I got called in by the KGB. They said there were no LGBT people in Transnistria”

In Transnistria, an unrecognised territory between Moldova and Ukraine, documentary photography is becoming one of the most effective tools for talking about taboo and controversial subjects. RU

Fighting impunity in Moldova and Transnistria

Moldova's human rights defenders are upping their game. But there's more that unites Transnistria, an unrecognised state on the country's eastern border, and Moldova than meets the eye. RU

Tough lessons in Transnistria

Poorly-funded state education is common enough in post-Soviet countries. But how do schoolchildren fare in a state that has gone unrecognised for 27 years? RU

Don’t give up on democracy in Moldova

MAIA SANDU JPG red.jpgMoldova had high hopes for democratic transition. But with an oligarch at the helm, democracy is under threat on the EU’s border.


Moldova’s civil society braces for another attack

As democracy hollows out in Moldova, a new draft law on NGOs appears designed to keep civil society in check.



An ideal conflict on the Dniester

Twenty five years after the end of the war, a resolution to the frozen conflict over Transnistria seems no closer. This situation suits plenty of people at the top just fine. RU

LGBT lives in Moldova

Four LGBT people from Moldova share their experiences of prejudice and presumptions. Русский

Changing the rules of the game in Moldova

In Moldova, changes to the electoral system are afoot  but the motivations seem far from democratic.


For Moldova’s journalists, surveillance is the new norm

Digital and personal surveillance has become a fact of life for Moldova’s journalists. My story is the tip of the iceberg. Русский

Make Moldova great again

Moldovans are diverse in culture, language and political preference, but united by a lack of faith in their leaders. How does that bode for a second round of presidential elections?

Moldova’s election: against all of the above

Moldova’s presidential race isn’t over yet. Neither are the country’s geopolitical divides or its long-standing struggle with oligarchs. Can they ever be?

Our man in Moldova

In courting the country’s most loathed oligarch, the EU and US will only lose the sympathy of ordinary Moldovans.

Moldova’s political tourists


In Moldova, party allegiances are for sale. MPs are increasingly crossing the floor, and over a quarter of the electorate are now misrepresented by their current parliament.

Meet Anatol Matasaru, Moldova’s one-man Pussy Riot


Fed up with Moldova’s corruption and inertia, this protest artist is searching for new limits in political art. He now faces prison time for his work.

Moldova’s women in crisis


Moldova’s economic prospects are bleak. Gender-based discrimination makes them bleaker still for the country’s women.


Vlad Plahotniuc: Moldova’s man in the shadows

There’s not much we know for sure about oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc — except that he has his eye on Moldova’s presidency. Русский


Moldova finds its roots

For years it was a taboo topic. But some Moldovans are again considering reunification with Romania.


How international media failed Moldova’s protesters

There’s more to Moldova's protests than “pro-European” versus “pro-Russian”.


Why a united opposition in Moldova is impossible


From the left and the right, Moldova’s fractious opposition has formed an alliance to force snap elections. The cracks are showing already. Русский


Give back the vote

Against a background of mass protests, Moldova’s parliament has just approved a new government in record time. Русский


Between real and imitation democracy: elections in Transnistria


With parliamentary elections in four weeks, this unrecognised republic’s two power blocs are preparing for a real contest. на русском языке

Bălți's prodigal son

In northern Moldova, Renato Usatii is beloved. The multiethnic and Russian-speaking population sees this young businessman-turned-politician as one of their own. 

All eyes on Moldova

When it comes to internal corruption, European integration or the standoff with Russia, Moldova is in the media spotlight. Yet many Moldovans feel that there's a whole society being left in the shadows.

Protests in Chișinău: views from the tent towns

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After another large-scale protest in the Moldovan capital this Sunday, the Moldovan government has been presented with yet another ultimatum—this time from the pro-Russian opposition. на русском языке

Give back the billion

After a billion dollars went missing from Moldova’s banking system last year, people have turned out on the streets to protest the country’s oligarchic regime. на русском языке

Transnistria: West Berlin of the post-Soviet world

How to play hardball: Ukraine's parliament has revoked the agreement between Russia and Ukraine on the movement of Russian troops through Ukrainian territory to Transnistria.

Moldova's ambiguous European integration

EU:Moldova flag - Yuriy Vlasenko - Shutterstock.jpgThe EU may like to think of Moldova as its ‘star pupil’, but its unconditional support for successive corrupt governments may have lost it the support of the country’s people.


Transnistria is a bridge too far for Russia

The breakaway republic – de facto state – of Transnistria has steadily been edging closer and closer to Russia, but the Kremlin does not seem all that enthusiastic.

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