The Minister of Internal Affairs of Moldova, Ana Revenco, has claimed that the Russian Federation has played a role in the anti-government protests ongoing in the country.
The comments were initially covered by Moldovan outlet NewsMaker.
Revenco was responding to a question about who could be behind anti-government protests in the country. She claimed that “These are fugitive criminals who are trying to escape from justice. Of course, they act along with certain parties. Moscow is also behind them, as we can see”.
Multiple protest actions have been led by the Shor party over recent months. In October, around 7,000 protesters joined a demonstration in Chisinau which focused on criticising price increases in the country, in particular with regards to the price of gas bought from Russia.
The Shor political group has demanded the resignation of Moldova’s president, the dissolution of parliament and the holding of snap elections. Recently, the party We Build Europe at Home (PACE), led by Gheorge Cavcaliuc, have put their support behind the protest actions. Cavcaliuc is on the country’s wanted list.
President Maia Sandu has claimed that the rallies held in the capital Chisinau have the goal of destabilising the country. The president has recently commended the move by the United States to impose sanctions on several Moldovan and Russian nationals regarding allegations of systematic corruption and attempts to interfere in Moldovan elections.
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