Moldova is under fresh leadership following a serious political crisis this month when the oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc tried to force the new government out. The country’s richest man, he had captured government institutions for his own purposes, ultimately uniting the pro-Russian Socialist Party and pro-European ACUM bloc against his ruling Democratic Party. But can the ideologically opposing partners deliver on their promise to root out the country’s deep corruption and establish democratic institutions and rule of law? Victoria Bucataru, Stephan Gligor and Jonathan Katz join Greg to discuss the start of a new political era for Moldova and what’s at stake for Russia and the West.
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Executive Director, Foreign Policy Association of Moldova
Lawyer, Gligor and Partners
Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs
Journalist, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power
The Cable is produced by Rebecca Picard.
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