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Moldova: Opposition Figure Disappears in Capital

Chisinau, 22 March 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Police have begun searching for a Moldovan opposition figure who never returned home from a party meeting yesterday in the capital, Chisinau. The wife of the deputy chairman of the Popular Party Christian Democratic, Vlad Cubreacov, reported him missing today. Police waived the usual 72-hour wait period and immediately began searching for him.

Cubreacov is also a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In recent months he helped organize street protests against the majority Communist government's plans to make the Russian language mandatory in schools.

Yesterday, Moldova's chief prosecutor asked parliament to lift Cubreacov's immunity so he could be prosecuted for organizing antigovernment rallies without permission.

The government retracted the Russian language proposals after weeks of protests, but the opposition continued to demand the resignations of Communist lawmakers.