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Moldova's Socialist Party chairman Igor Dodon (file photo)

Moldovan Protest Leader Accuses U.S. Of 'Unification Plot,' Hails Soviet Past

One of the pro-Moscow leaders of recent antigovernment protests in Moldova has made anti-U.S. remarks that appear to be aimed at tapping into east-west tensions to whip up support for early elections that could boost Kremlin influence in his country. More

Moldova's Central Bank Governor Dorin Dragutanu (file photo)

Grenade Explodes At Moldovan Banker's Home

An unknown assailant threw a grenade at the house of the governor of Moldova's central bank overnight. More

Moldovan Parliament speaker Andrian Candu speaks during his briefing in Parliament in Chisinau on January 29.

Moldovan Speaker Reaches Out To Protesters

Moldova's embattled ruling coalition says it will soon call for a referendum on direct presidential elections, a moderate concession to demonstrators who have held several large antigovernment protests over the past week. More

Moldovan Premier Calls For Calm, Says Won't Resign

Moldova's new Prime Minister Pavel Filip called for calm from protesters demanding his resignation and said he will not step down but will fight to restore public confidence. More

Police officers detain a protester in Moscow last year. According to Freedom House, 2015 saw Russia and other authoritarian regimes "crack down harder on dissent."

Report: Biggest Slide In Freedom In A Decade

The worst year in global freedom in a decade saw Russia and China cracking down more due to "fear of social unrest" and particularly bad rankings for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Belarus, the rights monitor Freedom House reports. More

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Features & Commentary

Moldovan Protest Leaders Share Common Goal, Different Beliefs

With pro-Russia and pro-EU parties uniting to take down the government, some see only one winner -- Moscow.

Explainer: What Can Moldova's Crisis Teach The EU?

Moldova was once a star pupil in a program to bring neighboring countries closer to the European Union. Now a political crisis could put Moldova back in Moscow's orbit.

Video U.S. Envoy Tells Russia's Neighbors: Having Putin As Your Only Friend Not A Good Idea

U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Daniel Baer says former Soviet republics should enhance their relations with the European Union and the United States and avoid dependence on Russia.

Video Meet The Activists Who Have Tapped Into Moldova's Frustration

The Dignity and Truth civic movement has mobilized tens of thousands of Moldovans to demand serious action against the corruption that is crippling their country. The movement is a joint project of 14 politically independent civic activists who collectively represent it.

Audio Slide Show Moldovans 'Have Had Enough'

Dozens of tents have been set up in the center of the Moldovan capital following a street protest that drew tens of thousands as public frustration over rampant corruption has reached the boiling point. But the question of what comes next remains unanswered.

The Crimes Of Russian Soldiers Abroad

As the trial of a Russian private accused of slaughtering an entire Armenian family in January gets under way in Gyumri on August 12, RFE/RL takes a look at some of the worst crimes Russian soldiers have been accused of committing abroad, off the battlefield.
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