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Kyrgyz Weightlifter, Moldovan Canoeist Fail Drug Tests At Olympics

A Kyrgyz weightlifter has been stripped of his Olympic bronze medal after failing a drug test, while a Moldovan canoeist has also been suspended from the Olympics for doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reports. More

Chisinau has described Russian military drills in Transdniester as illegal.

Moldova Protests Russian Military Exercise In Transdniester

The Moldovan Foreign Ministry has complained to Russian diplomats over a recent military exercise involving Russian troops on the territory of Transdniester, a region of Moldova de facto controlled by Russia-backed separatists. More

Moldova Condemns Russian Drills In Transdniester As 'Illegal'

Moldova's Defense Ministry has criticized recent Russian military exercises held in a separatist region, saying they were "illegal" and undermined the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova. More

Russian weightlifter Natalya Zabolotnaya (L) after receiving her silver medal in the London 2012 Olympics poses with Belarus's Iryna Kulesha (R), the bronze medalist, and gold medalist Svetlana Podobedova from Kazakhstan (middle).

Ex-Soviet State Weightlifters Suspended

Three Russian Olympic medalists are among 11 weightlifters, mostly from ex-Soviet states, who tested positive for banned drugs in retests of samples from the 2012 London Games. More

Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip said the IMF's return to Moldova with $179 million in loans is cause for "optimism."

IMF To Provide Moldova $179 Million In Loans Linked To Economic Reform

The International Monetary Fund agreed on July 26 to provide Moldova with $179 million in loans over three years if the government carries out economic reforms. More

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Features & Commentary

Video Failed 1991 Coup Changed U.S. Diplomacy Toward U.S.S.R.

A failed coup in August 1991 by hard-liners in the Soviet government is widely seen as contributing to the dissolution of the Soviet Union by the end of 1991. To mark the 25th anniversary of the so-called August coup, RFE/RL spoke with former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns about Washington's perspective during those heady events.

Former Anticorruption Official Calls For International Probe Into Fraud That Left Moldova Reeling

A former official in Moldova's effort to combat money laundering says a massive bank fraud still roiling the country was "economic sabotage."

Eastern Angst: Brexit Vote Sends Jitters Through Countries On EU's Fringe

As Europe grapples with Britain's decision to leave the EU, the bloc's eastern partners are weighing the implications of a Brexit for their own countries.

Flood Of Weapons Makes Eastern Ukraine Ripe For Arms Trade

The arrest in Ukraine of an alleged French nationalist with a cache of weapons has raised fears the conflict-wracked east of the country has become an arms bazaar for would-be terrorists abroad.

Moldovan Socialists Push 'Gay Propaganda' Law As Presidential Vote Looms

Moldova's largest parliamentary party has introduced a bill banning "gay propaganda" to minors that is modeled on a controversial law adopted in Russia in 2013. Analysts say it is a bid to inflame tensions in society as the country prepares for a presidential election in October.

Video Kaplan: Moldova Must Tidy Up At Home Before Looking West

Robert Kaplan, a best-selling author and journalist who first traveled in communist Romania in the 1970s, revisits the region in his new book, In Europe's Shadow. RFE/RL spoke to him about his latest work.

Video Moldovan Protester Forges Ahead Although Success Could Mean End Of Protests

Controversial Moldovan activist Oleg Brega has become a local celebrity by making guerrilla videos exposing the lavish wealth of political and religious leaders in Europe's poorest country. The ability to protest, he says, "is all we have."
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