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Moldova Culture and Mass Media

Newspapers in Moldova

According to PHILOSOPHYNEARBY.COM, Moldova is a country located in Europe. Although almost 80% of the country’s population counts as Moldavian, the Russian language also has a strong position. There are about 30 news magazines in the national language (of which three are daily) and about the same in Russian (of which two newspapers are published in Moldova and two local editions of Moscow newspapers). The largest edition has the Moldovan-speaking Timpul (43,000 copies), which is close to the liberal and conservative parties. The now privately owned Moldova Suverană (‘Independent Moldova’, founded in 1924), printed in 7,000 copies. in Romanian and 6,000 copies. in Russian (Nezavisimaja Moldova), has maintained its profile as a spokesman for the Communist Party.

There are about 40 radio stations, some 50 small private TV channels broadcasting in the air and twice as many connected to local cable networks. These have access to news from three major national news agencies, including state Moldpres, as well as some smaller ones.

In the mid-1990s, about half of the media companies that had been privatized in previous years were nationalized, but soon became bankrupt. Others were rescued by sponsors linked to the political parties. The economic dependence of the parties has led to extensive self-censorship in the media.

In 2007, 20% of the population was estimated to use the Internet.


According to APARENTINGBLOG, Moldovan culture has been influenced by influences from Romania, Turkey and Russia / Soviet Union. The 15th century was a prominent period in the field of construction, painting and crafts.

In the 16th century, monastery churches in the northern part of the country were decorated with richly decorated frescoes.

The older literature was essentially the same as Romanian, but during the Soviet era (1944–1991) a Moldavian literature emerged, which, however, did not differ much in style from that of other Soviet republics. The most famous name is Andrei Lupan (1912–1992), who sometimes used satire as a means of expression. The author Ion Druță (1928–) is known for his depictions of popular everyday life.

Traditional folk music is still very much alive and performed both in concert halls and in restaurants. A typical folk musical instrument is a kind of xylophone called tsambal.



Russian court prosecutes Plahotniuc

June 26

Russia is prosecuting the recently departed Democratic Party leader Vladimir Plahotniuc for drug trafficking. According to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Plahotniuc is guilty of 28 cases of selling drugs in “large quantities”.

The power struggle over – the coalition won

June 14

The Democratic Party gives up the fight for the Prime Minister’s post and announces that the party is in opposition. This happens since Moldova has had two governments for one week (see June 8). The retreat is followed by a swap at the party leader post when Vladimir Plahotniuc announces that he will retire as party leader a few days later.

Moldova allowed Turkish security services to arrest countrymen

June 11

The European Court of Human Rights criticizes Moldova for the country in 2018 to allow Turkish security services to fetch Turkish nationals who were in the country and who were identified as enemies of President Erdoğan. Five Turks, who acted as teachers, were deported without legal basis, the court concedes and concedes the damages concerned.

The decision to re-elect is canceled

June 10th

President Dodon, who has now regained his powers, repeals the decree on re-election in September that his rival Pavel Filip announced a few days before (see June 8). Dodon believes that the decision is unconstitutional even though it was taken with the Constitutional Court’s good memory.

The EU supports the new government

July 10

Five EU states – the UK, Germany, France, Poland and Sweden – support Parliament’s decision to approve the new coalition government (see June 8). Russia also welcomes the formation of the coalition and declares itself ready to “work with it”.

Moldova gets two rival governments

June 8

After months of fruitless government talks, the Socialist Party and Alliance Now announce that they have agreed to form a coalition government. Parliament approves the new government led by Maia Sandu of the Alliance Nu. The Prorussian Socialist Party and the Prosperist Now stand far apart in many issues but have a common interest in keeping the outgoing Democratic Party away from power. The Democratic Party is led by controversial oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc. Sandu says the task of the new government is to free Moldova from the influence of the oligarchs. However, the coalition is formed a day too late in relation to the time limit previously set by the Constitutional Court. The day before, the court had asked President Dodon to dissolve Parliament and call for election.interim president. Philip immediately dissolves Parliament and announces new elections until September 6.


The Socialist Party winner in the election

February 24th

The Socialist Party becomes the largest party in the parliamentary elections. The party is progressing strongly compared to the last election, winning just over 31 percent of the vote. The newly formed Pro-Western Alliance Nu (Acum) comes in second with nearly 27 percent of the vote, while the ruling Democratic Party wins a little more than 23 percent. The new electoral system (see Political system) gives the Democratic Party more seats than Now. The Socialist Party wins 34 seats, the Democratic Party 30 and Now 26. The corruption-accused businessman Ilan Şor’s party gets just over 8 percent and 7 seats. Both sides accuse opponents of cheating. Organization OSCEwho monitored the election gives the process largely approved but points out some shortcomings, including pressure on government employees, vote buying and political actors’ control over the media. The turnout was historically low – just over 49 percent. In an advisory referendum held at the same time as the parliamentary elections, a majority voted to reduce the number of seats in Parliament from 101 to 61.

The opposition calls for poisoning

February 21st

The two leaders of the new pro-Western opposition alliance Nu (Acum; see Political system) accuse the authorities of trying to poison them. Maia Sandu and Andrei Năstase say doctors measured levels of tuna in their blood. According to Năstase, authorities want to see him and Sandu killed. The charges are dismissed by a spokesman for the ruling Democratic Party.

Protest against restricted voting rights

February 14th

Supporters of the newly formed pro-Western party alliance Now (Acum; see Political system) demonstrate outside the Electoral Commission’s office in the capital. The protesters demand that the Commission allow Moldaver abroad to vote in the February 24 parliamentary elections. At the end of January, the Constitutional Court ruled that moldavers who lack valid passports must not vote. One of the leaders of Nu, Maia Sandu, says that the ban violates the section of the Constitution that says that all citizens of Moldova have the right to vote. Sandu has its reasons for safeguarding the votes abroad. When she stood against President Dodon in the 2016 presidential election, she won three-quarters of all foreign votes, the BBC writes.

The president gets a ban on meetings

February 8

The Election Commission warns President Dodon of meddling in the ongoing election campaign ahead of the February 24 presidential election and forbids him from conducting meetings with both the country’s own citizens and foreigners. Dodon appeals against the decision, saying he will continue to talk to the Moldavans about their problems.


The Socialist Party is leading the election

January 4th

Just over a month and a half before the February 24 elections, opinion polls give the Socialist Party nearly 29 percent of the vote, while the ruling Democratic party gets just under 17 percent. Thus, the Socialist Party has increased its support compared to the 2014 election, while the Democratic Party has declined. Two other parties, Yes – Platform for Dignity and Truth, and the Action and Solidarity Party also pass the bar to Parliament, but most of the country’s over 40 registered parties do not.

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