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Moldovan parliament speaker accuses Russia of interfering in elections

Candu called 'speculation' a criminal case of the Russian Federation Investigative Committee against the leader of pro-European party Plahotniuc
15:36, 24 February 2019

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Moldovan Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu called speculation and interference in parliamentary elections a criminal case of the Russian Federation Investigative Committee against the leader of the pro-European PDM party, Vladimir Plahotniuc. Candu told this reporters after voting at the polling station, reports NewsMaker.

According to him, it is not for the first time that Russia is trying to intervene in the parliamentary elections in Moldova. Candu called such interventions a migratory amnesty, the temporary lifting of the embargo and the release of Moldovan pilots from captivity in Afghanistan.

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Today parliamentary elections and a consultative referendum on the issue of reducing the number of MPs from 101 to 61 are being held in Moldova.

The leaders of the race are socialists led by President Igor Dodon, who are in favor of rapprochement with Russia, and the Democratic Party, which now controls the parliament, representing pro-European forces. It is headed by Vladimir Plahotniuc, the richest man in Moldova, who is accused by opponents of having solely controlled all the authorities. The Democratic Party supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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Earlier the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported it would counteract the interference of the Russian special services in the election process through the messengers as UNN reported citing SBU.

“The Security Service of Ukraine within its competence holds the events on the counteraction the attempts of the Russian special services to interfere in the election processes in Ukraine. In the case of the receiving of the information about particular facts of the use of the communication possibilities of the socially oriented and free resources of the internet, including the applications for exchange of the messages, which aim for the defense of the information security of our state,” the message said.

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