How Moldova Is Slowly Freeing Itself From the Grip of Corrupt Oligarchs

Moldovan Prime Minister Ion Chicu at a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 20, 2019 (Sputnik photo by Dmitry Astakhov via AP Images).
Moldovan Prime Minister Ion Chicu at a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 20, 2019 (Sputnik photo by Dmitry Astakhov via AP Images).

Over the past year, Moldova has seen perhaps its most unexpected series of political developments since it first emerged as an independent state from the breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. It has been a case study in how post-communist countries mired in kleptocratic corruption can break free from the grip of politically influential oligarchs and help reorient their countries on a path of transparent government and reform. First, over the summer, the most surprising governing coalition in the country’s history took root. After a months-long political stalemate following inconclusive parliamentary elections last February, the pro-Western ACUM […]

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