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By Ryan Hampton & Alona Rusin
November 18, 2016
Moldova, a former Soviet bloc country, is torn between the EU and Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union. A succession of Moldovan governments have vowed to join the European Union, but recent banking fraud and money laundering scandals involving prominent politicians have plunged the country into recession and derailed EU integration. These scandals created popular disillusionment with establishment parties and fueled the ascendance of pro-Russia politicians like Igor Dodon.
On November 13, 2016, Dodon claimed 52 percent of the popular vote in the second round of Moldova’s presidential elections, …read more
Source: Kleptocracy Initiative