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EU vs. Moscow: Russia Tries to Woo Back Moldova
Speigel ^ | 04 March 2014 | Christian Neef

Posted on 03/09/2014 8:32:04 PM PDT by Lorianne

As Moldova prepares to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union, Russia is stepping up attempts to keep the country in its fold. It has found some willing helpers in the country.

If Mihail Formuzal had his way, the revolution in Kiev never would have happened. Then, Moldova would choose Russia instead of Europe, and the planned Association Agreement with the EU would already be history. The 54-year-old Formuzal is president of the autonomous Gagauzia region in Moldova. In early February he carried out a referendum by polling the approximately 155,000 members of the Gagauz Orthodox Christian minority here.

The Kremlin is currently expending significant effort to loosen Europe's grasp on Moldova -- and using the Gagauz to do so. The Gagauz capital, Comrat, is a sleepy town in the south Moldavian steppe where the only language spoken aside from Gagauz is Russian and people watch Moscow's Channel One.

The rest of Moldova has also changed its attitude towards Europe -- only 44 percent of them are still in favor of integration into the EU, while, at the same time, the number of people in favor of entering the Customs Union with Russia has grown from 30 to 40 percent. Formuzal claims the Moldovan government has erected an "African democracy" in the country -- claiming that it has tightened its control over ministries, courts and public prosecutors' offices and is handing out money to party members and relatives, while the Gagauz minority receives nothing.

"We want our own state," he says. "We want the same status as the Republic of Transnistria." That strip of land, which separated from Moldova in 1992 in a civil war, has been kept alive by Russia ever since.

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


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1 posted on 03/09/2014 8:32:04 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

We're putting the band back together...

2 posted on 03/09/2014 8:47:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Lorianne

Look for the russian version of 1950s crooner Perry Como singing “For The Good Times”.


3 posted on 03/09/2014 8:51:34 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Lorianne

Moldova is in a real pickle.


4 posted on 03/09/2014 8:51:56 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Lorianne; a fool in paradise

By the time Obumster steps down (voluntarily, are you kidding?!) as POTUS, the New Improved Soviet Union will be ready for him to sit down on the gensec throne. The Soviets have always been progressive about birf certificates.


5 posted on 03/09/2014 8:54:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Lorianne
The opposition Communists are Moldovan nationalists and Moscow is certain to back them.

Divide et impera. Russia is playing it to the hilt. All to keep ex-Soviet republics in line.

6 posted on 03/09/2014 8:55:29 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Mike Darancette
I think ATK had a recipe for Moldovian Chicken Pot Pie, updated of course.

Apparently, there was an influx of Moldovians in the 19th Century to the Carolinas.

7 posted on 03/09/2014 9:01:15 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Lorianne
The comments at Speigel are interesting.
8 posted on 03/09/2014 9:03:08 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Calvin Locke

Moravians?


9 posted on 03/09/2014 9:06:22 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: goldstategop

“The `Mamalizhnikii’ are not a nation, but a whore.”

- Nikita Khrushchev describing Romanians, 1959

Why should Russians feel any differently about Moldovans?


10 posted on 03/09/2014 10:14:14 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970

Now that the Crimea and most of the Ukraine’s Black Sea exclusive economic zone will soon be Russian, South Stream can be routed more directly through Romania. Romanians will soon be esteemed friends of Russia.


11 posted on 03/09/2014 10:45:12 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: Lorianne

“We want the same status as the Republic of Transnistria.”

I had a coworker from there.

He always had a big smile on, worked very hard and was a fast learner.

After talking to him I found out why he smiled so much.
It was sort of a miracle he made it to America, he felt like he had won the lottery by coming here. His ideology seemed a good fit for FR. No country recognizes his country and their passports are looked at as sort of a joke. It’s sort of a place the world forgot.

He described it as really corrupt and suffocating.
So I laughed out loud when I read the sentence that says these people want the same status as the Republic of Transnistria.

The alternative must be incredibly bad for them to want that.


12 posted on 03/09/2014 10:50:25 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Lorianne; blam; SunkenCiv; MarMema; The_Reader_David

The Gagauz are interesting — they are a Turkic people but Orthodox Christian


13 posted on 03/09/2014 10:56:23 PM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: elcid1970

well, Moldovans mostly ARE Romanians


14 posted on 03/09/2014 10:57:54 PM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: Mount Athos

it might be because the Gagauz are a tiny ethnic group and fear Romanianization.


15 posted on 03/09/2014 10:59:01 PM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: Lorianne
I seem to recall, from a few years back, a FReeper who was living in Moldova. Supporting himself by brokering the sale of expensive conveyances (air, water, road) to Rooskie oligarchs. Having a grand old time. Married to the lovely and playful Irina Athirdhisageova or such.

Anybody recall his handle?

16 posted on 03/09/2014 11:13:50 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Cronos

Yeah, the article hints at that.
I can’t pretend to understand any of this, and my comment didn’t really add to the discussion. My information is badly out of date.
I just enjoyed sharing the story because I was shocked to see mention of the tiny place no one ever heard of, and I had good memories of this person.


17 posted on 03/09/2014 11:18:17 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Pete from Shawnee Mission

Did I mix them up? Eastern Czechoslovakia v. Eastern Yugoslavia?


18 posted on 03/10/2014 6:26:47 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Lorianne
Saw this a few months ago. Probably the only Moldovan restaurant in the country. Brooklyn has everything.
19 posted on 03/10/2014 6:42:21 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Calvin Locke
Pretty sure that Moldova sits on the southwest side of Ukraine. I do not know where the Moravians come from. Bohemia, Czechoslovakia sounds good... There is a Moravian Cemetery outside of Charlotte.
20 posted on 03/10/2014 6:53:45 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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