Oligarch Plahotniuc does more harm to Moldova than its lefty President
Since 2016, when the Association Agreement with the EU entered into force, Moldova has failed to show any noticeable economic growth. The total sum of investments attracted by Moldova during this entire period was 17% less if compared to the time prior to the moment the agreement became operative. Despite $800 million granted to Chisinau and the credit line opened for it by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, it turned out to be much more challengeable for Moldova, contrary to the previous expectations, to bring the republic to European standards and norms. In spring 2016 massive protests swept over Moldova following the theft of $1 billion from the state banking coffers. And long awaited direct presidential elections were conducted at that time, with the leader of the opposition Socialist Party Igor Dodon winning them. Next year the presidential party, staying rather skeptical towards European integration, is going to compete for the majority of seats in the parliament.
There seems to be little time at the disposal of the pro-European ruling coalition to get rehabilitated with its electorate. However, the government headed by Prime Minister Pavel Filip has proved to be totally unable to meet in due time the EU criteria, obligatory for receiving the assistance of €100 million in 2017. Perhaps, it's due to this that we owe those recent announcements by Vlad Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM), on replacing, till the end of December, seven ministers within the national government and establishment of a new position of vice premier for European integration. Will those changes help Moldova or not? The answer may be found in the interview with Andrei Năstase, the leader of the Dignity and Truth Civil Platform Party and anti-corruption rallies' organizer.
According to his words, there are melting chances actually to release Moldova from total corruption and bankruptcy. Moreover, Vlad Plahotniuc, the DPM leader having a real control over the country's law enforcement and banking structures, is in fact the major beneficiary of the financial fraud schemes in Moldova. The Office of the Prosecutor General of Moldova has been ignoring direct evidence and facts exposing the involvement of the firms related to Plahotniuc in the theft of $1 billion from the National Bank of Moldova and also in attempted seizure of the shares in possession of Moldova-Agroindbank, one of the biggest commercial banks in the country. There are obviously no plans with the Office of the Prosecutor General to start any legal proceedings against Plahotniuc and his team. Andrei Năstase believes that during the nearest two or three months the rest of all those who can act as witnesses to the crimes committed by the DPM leader will be just eliminated, which will make it much harder to lay a charge against Plahotniuc. Năstase views the state of Moldova as sort of a hostage of the notoriously known bloody oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc who is discrediting more and more his colleagues in the ruling coalition, the ones supportive of European integration and unification with Romania. Winding up his interview Andrei Năstase calls European officials and Interpol to join as soon as possible the probe into plundering of the banking system in Moldova. In absence of this outward assistance the citizens and members of the parliament are no more able to oppose the abuse of power on the part of the major oligarch of Moldova.
By all accounts, Moldova, corrupted through and through, has got to work its rather long way up to the time it may really become a full-fledged EU partner. As for Vlad Plahotniuc, he seems to be firmly set to employ his unlawful financial tricks with the aim of expanding his influence in the neighboring countries. In this case European economy will be predictably damaged.