Ex-Soviet Moldova mired in political crisis as protests heat up

People attend a rally in front of the Parliament building in Chisinau on January 21, 2016Anger over a $1 billion corruption scandal and the influence of an oligarch, with the competing pull of Europe and Russia in the background, has left ex-Soviet Moldova locked in a complex political crisis with no end in sight. “The country has been de facto ungoverned over the past year and corruption has increased,” analyst Nicu Popescu from the European Union Institute for Security Studies told AFP. Wedged between Ukraine and Romania, Moldova is often seen in terms of a tug-of-war between Moscow and the West, especially after it inked an historic EU association agreement in 2014 despite bitter opposition from former master Russia.

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