Saturday 5 March 2005
March 04, 2005
Moldova: Communists Expected To Do Well In Elections
Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin (file photo) Moldova holds parliamentary elections on 6 March amid hopes among the fractured opposition for some kind of Ukrainian-style Orange Revolution. The elections will determine the country's president -- which by law is elected by parliament. RFE/RL looks at the main candidates, the issues, and the chances that the opposition's hopes will be met.
March 02, 2005
Moldova: In Search Of Allies, Moldovan President Turns To Georgia, Ukraine
Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin (file photo) Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was due to pay an impromptu visit to Moldova on 2 March, just four days before legislative elections in that former Soviet republic. Saakashvili is expected to discuss regional security, and one of his stated goals is to express solidarity with Moldovans in what he called "their struggle for democracy." But the timing suggests the effect might be to bolster Moldova's ability to settle its separatist conflicts without interference from Moscow.
February 25, 2005
Eastern Europe: Democracy Activists Cite Bush's Support For Their Efforts
Bush addresses the crowd during his speech in Bratislava on 24 February Democracy activists from 13 countries in Eastern Europe who gathered in Bratislava this week for a conference on the sidelines of the U.S.-Russian summit say they welcome U.S. President George W. Bush's support for their efforts. A select group of these activists had the opportunity to meet Bush in person and say they were impressed by the U.S. president's commitment to spreading the cause of freedom.
February 20, 2005
Moldovan Authorities Accuse Russians Of Spying
20 February 2005 -- Moldova's secret service said today that Moldovan police have detained or expelled 21 Russians in the month of February, suggesting that Russian nationals were being dispatched to spy on senior politicians ahead of Moldovan elections.
February 19, 2005
Romania: President Seeks Participation In Transdniester Talks, Multinational Black Sea Task Force
Prague, 19 February 2005 -- Romanian President Traian Basescu, in a wide-ranging interview with RFE/RL, has called for his country's participation in negotiations to settle Moldova's dispute with separatists in Transdniester and for the creation of a regional task force to monitor criminal activities in the Black Sea basin. Basescu also spoke about relations with Russia and Moldova as well as outstanding issues with Ukraine. The president reiterated his determination to fight widespread corruption in Romania and called for the total opening of Romania's dreaded Securitate files -- an issue that still divides Romanian society 15 years after the fall of communism.
February 10, 2005
Interview: RFE/RL Talks To Moldovan Opposition
Following Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin's interview with RFE/RL on 8 February --> /featuresarticle/2005/2/E806C5A9-F031-4688-9332-875806C4ABDD.html , RFE/RL's Romania-Moldova Service interviewed members of the Moldovan opposition for their response to the interview. Though Voronin primarily discussed Moldova's foreign policy, this is a major issue in Moldova's upcoming parliamentary elections set for 6 March.
February 08, 2005
Moldova: President Calls For Western, Romanian Involvement In Transdniester
Prague, 8 February 2005 -- In a wide-ranging interview, Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin talked to RFE/RL today about the current status of the Transdniester dispute; the influence of Ukraine's Orange Revolution on Moldova's foreign policy; relations with Russia; and the upcoming Moldovan general election.