For the first time in their history, the five leading Moldovan NGOs - ADEPT, IPP, IDIS, APEL, CIJ - were asked to present the information about their funding sources in a form that is usually submitted to poltical parties. In that form the authorities asked about all sources of funding - that included funding from political parties and particularly foreign funding. If the NGOs do not comply they would be fined with 3000 Moldovan Lei. However, unltimetely they face blockage of their accounts.
Also today, three newspapers that reported on protests and police violence, received letters from the Ministry of Interior with a request to prove their stories (that would be possible only if disclosing their sources, which is illegal) or to publish a denunciation.
People believe the warnings that the communist authorities would continue the path to an authoritarian regime to be true - after political parties were accused of "coup d'etat" with penal cases started against their leaders, and hence "dealt with", and after intimidating the population, the authorities are now on inconvenient and "non-patriotic" NGOs.
In a reminder to Kremlin's crackdown on Russian NGOs that received foreign funding (particulrly UK), today's request is perceived as an identical act by the Moldovan authorities that copy and adapt the Russian "vertical of power" from their Kremlin partners.
The Russian factor was not only indirectly present in Moldovan post-electoral developments.
Right before President Voronin met EU's Javier Solana he was visited by the Russian Ambassador to Moldova, Valery Kuzmin.
They exchanged views about the Moldovan realities after the April 5 parliamentary elections.
Voronin spoke about "spirit of centuries-old friendship relations and the strategic partnership established between those two countries and peoples."
Right after that acting president Voronin met with Javier Solana, who came from a meeting with opposition, at which he spoke about the need to find a common solution and need for engament (of these parties with communists)...
So you tell me who is "engaged" with whom in this story?
Remember? On April 10 Moscow's Kommersant newspaper reported that Russia sent tear-gas and other equipment to Moldovan communist authorities to deal with expected protests. However, the load with tear-gas AND EQUIPMENT arrived in their IL-76 aircarrier - HOW MUCH, DO YOU THINK, CAN FIT IN A IL-76?
Political parties and their proetsters "dealt with", EU wants the opposition to accept the frauded elections, for over one year I feel we are too much Eastern trouble for someone's attention, we make people in comfortabl offices really annoyed - just like "what do they want?" - giving them one more trouble, creating a strong and sustained impression that is very bad that we are not silent and obedient to "modern communism" - hence, I wonder, atfer all that "trouble" what's next?...
What should actually happen in Moldova for West to react properly?
President Voronin grateful to Russia for support
Vladimir Voronin - the Moldovan president in office - met Russian ambassador to Moldova, Valery Kuzmin. The President thanked Russia for its support after April 5, Info-Prim Neo reports.
2009-04-24/15:50/ Chisinau (IPN) According to the Moldovan presidential press service, Vladimir Voronin and Valery Kuzmin exchanged views about the Moldovan realities after the April 5 parliamentary elections.
The president highly appreciated Russia's and its president's moral and political support. Vladimir Voronin insisted this backing matches the spirit of centuries-old friendship relations and the strategic partnership established between those two countries and peoples.
Another topic was the price of the hydrocarbons Moldova receives from Russia, and the opportunity of Russia's offering Moldova a loan to repair roads.
Earlier, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called 'monstrous' the events occurring in Moldova after the results of the parliamentary elections had been announced. "What happened in our close neighbor, in Moldova, is unfortunately an example of how events can develop in an absolutely unconstitutional way. The footage we saw looked monstrous, when there were attempts to hang flags of another country on the main state buildings, the symbols of a state," Medvedev said in a TV interview.