Analysis and Predictions: Battleground Moldova – November 30, 2014 Elections
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Now, to the trending topic: Battleground Moldova – November 30, 2014 Elections
Latest updates from Moldova and Pridnestrovie will be posted here as they come up. Eventually, I may create a separate EARTH SHIFT REPORT about Moldova and Pridnestrovie on LadaRay.info (Remember this site! All future EARTH SHIFT REPORTS will appear there, and all present ones will be transferred to it eventually!). My original article, Battleground Moldova, together with analysis and predictions, appears below updates!
Link: Igor Dodon, leader of Socialists – majority election winner – says: the first motion by Socialists in the new parliament will be to annul the harmful EU association agreement. Also, Socialists, Communists and CU Block are disputing election results in court due to the fact that 1/3 of Moldavian voters residing as guest workers in Russia were denied their constitutional right to vote. Dodon and others predicts social unrest in the country unless re-voting happens.
In the above video at 4:00 local village people talk about how their children who work in Russia send them money. $1.5 bln sent home by Moldavians in Russia allow many in local villages to survive. “For us, Russia is like air.” “We don’t want NATO here. Let them have it in the US. We want to live in Moldova, our country, not in the US.”
At 4:38 – footage of the April, 2009 Kiev-style maidan in capital Kishinev, Moldova, in which then government of Vladimir Voronin (Moldavian version of Yanukovich) was overturned and pro-EU forces came to power. Later, the investigation revealed that violence and pogroms you are seeing on video footage above were executed by 200 militants that arrived from Romania. These 200 thugs turned out to be officers of Romanian special forces. Another 100 thugs arrived to Kishinev from Vinnitsa, central Ukraine, by personal order of then PM Yulia Tymoshenko (Ukraine Orange revolution leader together with CIA asset Viktor Yushenko).
In today’s Ukraine, the agrarian Vinnitsa region in central Ukraine, boasts huge numbers of angry, under-educated and unemployed young men due to the county’s catastrophically ruined economy. Vinnitsa is one of the biggest viper’s nests and sources of violent ukro-nazis for the battalions that ship to Donbass in order to kill innocent civilians. During the bloody burning of people alive on Odessa’s Kulikovo Polie on May 2, 2014, 2,000 ukro-nazi thugs from Vinnitsa descended on the peaceful city of Odessa. They threatened local citizens and usurped the city. At midnight they conducted Hitler-style midnight torch marches, while screaming nazi slogans. Moldova 2009, just like Ukraine 2014, are both typical color revolutions, BOTH masterminded by CIA/US/EU and executed by especially trained international terrorists ready to kill and torture.
Link: Shelin (CU Party leader) talks about falsifications, carousel voting, inability of Moldavians in Russia to vote, 6000 written citizen protests that were thrown out by Kishinev government, etc. Customs Union block disputes election results saying citizens have been duped. Customs Union Block failed to pass the 9% barrier (this is the first time my prediction didn’t come true, due to the denial of voting rights to 1/3 of the voters – read below. Election results are being disputed in court and may not stand. My prediction about CU Block getting into parliament may still materialize if elections are annulled.)
On the other hand, pro-Customs Union Socialists received majority. However, not enough to form a government. Socialists were planning on forming a coalition with the Patria party of Renato Usaty, however, Patria party was banned from elections — illegal move by ruling pro-EU coalition consisting of 3 neo-liberal parties, designed to block Socialists from the possibility of forming a government.
And their scheme succeeded as said 3 pro-EU parties, each of which trailed individually, together received just a few percentage points more than pro-CU forces. They will again form a government, leaving the majority party of Socialists in opposition together with Communists (just like before).
Overall, as I say below in predictions, the situation between pro-EU and pro-CU forces is near equal, creating that uneasy equilibrium I talk about, which will persist. Read more in predictions below for a full picture.
#moldovaelections First election results in! Pro-Russia and pro-Customs Union #Moldova socialists with leader #Dodon are in the lead. Communists, who used to be the No. 1 party in Moldova (read more about that below) are second. Three pro-EU neo-liberal parties that form present coalition government are trailing behind!
Blatant disregard for citizens’ rights, and next to Ukraine, the most anti-democratic elections in recent history!
Fresh info from Moscow: Moldova opened only one polling station for entire Moscow, where most of the 750,000 Moldavian guest workers in Russia reside. Video link – look what is happening at that polling station! 6 thousand people standing in line in the cold; Moscow authorities had to blockade and divert traffic on Kuznetsky Most – one of the central Moscow streets. 1000 policemen had to be brought in to maintain order – but people behaved very orderly, no scandals or disorderly behavior. Everyone in line is angry at Moldovan government for preventing them from voting. Only 5 polling stations were opened for the entire Russia. Meanwhile, in the EU, where less than 300,000 Moldavian workers reside, 125 polling stations were opened.
According to this, earlier update from Moscow, 15,000 people gathered during the day by the Moldavian embassy on Kuznetsky Most in Moscow, trying to vote. The gathering turned into a real protest with people chanting ‘Rossiya’ (Russia) and demanding the right to vote. According to report, Moldova’s government allocated only 3,000 ballots to this (main) voting station!!! Video link.
Great and timely question by one of my readers about Moldova:
Moldova is the poorest and one of the smallest countries of Europe. Moldova is also a new geopolitical battleground. The November 30, 2014 Moldovan parliamentary elections promise to be the beginning of a shift. The pro-EU coalition government is doing everything to remain in power, dragging Moldova kicking and screaming into the EU, and into the absorption by Romania. The means used to hang on to power at all cost are openly anti-democratic and illegal. Meanwhile, according to various polls, the majority of Moldavians are pro-Customs Union with Russia.
To many Moldavians this is the issue of livelihood and even life and death, in addition to any cultural preferences, traditions, and the Russian language many speak at home. In this regard, Moldavia is very much like Ukraine. It is literally a suicide for Moldova to cozy up to the EU when almost all of its trade is with Russia and other countries of the Customs Union and when 750,000 of its citizens are guest workers in Russia. These guest workers, who may be deported back to Moldova should it make further overtures towards the EU, add a huge chunk to Moldova’s GDP by sending their earnings home to support their families.
The most prosperous and industrialized part of then Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, Pridnestrovie (or Transnistria), has seceded in 1992 because the people wanted to keep speaking Russian. Another area of Moldova, the Gagauzia autonomy, recently had a referendum in which over 95% of the population also promised to secede and join Customs Union independently if Moldova keeps moving towards EU and away from Russia. The Russian-speaking north may also secede should the pro-EU momentum not be reversed.
Knowing they are on shaky ground, current pro-EU government uses openly anti-democratic methods to stifle the voice of the people. The party Patria (Motherland) of Renato Usaty has just been banned from participating in the November 30 elections. The new coalition Moldova’s Choice – Customs Union isn’t allowed on TV and kept away from TV debates. In the info vacuum many citizens may not know what voting choices they have.
The most egregious anti-democratic action of the Moldova’s government is the denial of the right to vote to the vast majority of Moldavians living and working in Russia. There are 750,000 Moldavians in Moscow and other cities. The government in Kishinev only agreed to open 5 polling stations with capacity of 4,000 voters each. This happened despite protests, polls and insistence by citizens and the Customs Union block, who demanded 200 polling station to satisfy the need. Obviously the authorities know they will definitely lose if all Moldovans working in Russia, who remain mass supporters of the shaky Moldavian economy and huge contributors to its GDP, are allowed to vote.
According to Renato Usaty, leader of the banned Patria party, Moldova government is sending only 15,000 voting ballots to Russia, which means 735,000 voters are denied the right to vote. In the EU Moldova is opening 95 voting stations (with 300-350,000 Moldavians living there) vs. only 5 voting stations in Russia where 750,000 Moldavians reside. Further, according to Usaty, polls show that 3 pro-EU parties presently forming government coalition only get 35% of support: video link. This effectively means that the ruling coalition will not be able to hang on to power unless the democratic vote is manipulated.
Moldova’s tide is turning. People of Moldova don’t want the violent Ukraine/ Donbass war scenario, but they also start seing that the path towards the EU is a suicide. Only the oligarchs and the ruling political class will benefit – the country at large will lose.
As a result of these elections the new force, which is in favor of the Customs Union with Russia, will enter the parliament to serve as a counterweight to pro-EU coalition. I predict this new political force, including Socialists and those who side with them, such as Customs Union party of Topolnitsky and Gagauz Party of the Regions with Formuzal, will have a surprisingly good showing and will gain between 15% and 20% of votes. For most, it will be especially surprising considering the info blockade and blocking of the voters abroad.
Communist Party, which is communist in name only, is the largest and oldest party in Moldova. Many vote for it specifically because they mistakenly think it’s pro-Russian. Same confusion happened with Yanukovich and Party of the Regions in Ukraine, until they showed their true colors.
Communists, through their head Vladimir Voronin, have recently re-affirmed on public TV their pro-EU position. As I discussed in my earlier article and video (see links below), it appears Voronin has been threatened/ blackmailed by the West to toe the line. It appears the CIA presented Voronin with an undeniable proof of his son’s guilt in crimes committed in the US. Voronin Jr. resides in the USA. His daddy was told to support the EU integration of Moldova if he doesn’t want his son in jail.
It also appears that Voronin’s substantial personal wealth allegedly stored in the EU and/or US-dependent offshores, was also threatened unless the Communist party expresses a pro-EU position. As I said, these are communists in name only.
Voronin used to be the president of Moldova until mid-2000, when he was overturned in a very similar to Ukraine, albeit less violent, color revolution. He was replaced with the present pro-EU, pro-Romania (which in Moldavian terms means they are anti-Moldavian sovereignty) coalition of Western-educated neo-liberals. To this day, about 40% of voters still vote for communists. Each of the three pro-EU parties in power has between 10 and 20 percent of votes, but together they are able to have a slight majority, thus putting the direct majority communists in opposition.
Communists still hold a lot of sway and can influence the vote. From this it is clear how important it was for the West to threaten and compromise Voronin. Voronin proved to be as weak and flimsy a leader as Yanukovich. He put his personal interests above the interests of his country. The result – as expected.
As an afterthought, Voronin hopes to return one day as president of the country. It is very possible that by siding with pro-EU forces he is also positioning himself as a lesser evil. If pro-Russian forces can’t get the majority in the next several years, people may opt to vote for a lesser evil, Voronin – at least this is his thinking. In fact, Voronin isn’t a lesser evil. In order to return to presidency he is ready to sell out his country.
Still, once in the parliament, the Customs Union Block together with other forces, such as Dodon and his Socialists, and certain Communists who’ll vote pro-Customs Union, will be able to serve as a good counterweight to the pro-EU coalition in power. The biggest obstacle the above-described pro-Customs Union forces have is that they are unable to agree on a coalition due to rivalry and mutual disagreements. Seemingly, socialists, communists and the Customs Union Block would make a natural alliance. But as it stands now, they blame each other for mistakes and inconsistencies, sometimes rightly. Taking advantage of these rivalries, pro-EU parties are able to push their agenda through almost without a hitch. Truly, united we stand, divided we fall. Food for thought for the pro-Customs Union forces of Moldova!
Incidentally, banning Patria with Renato Usaty from running seems to be directed against Dodon and pro-Customs Union socialists, who were planning on forming a parliamentary coalition together with Usaty.
All the above notwithstanding, there is a possibility of a loose coalition between anti-EU forces once election results become clear. After the elections it will be extremely important for the Customs Union Block to continue expanding their momentum and influence – this, in fact, is paramount for the success of the Pro-EAU movement in later elections.
My advice: It would have been much better if Voronin stepped down as the leader of communists, since he is a compromised figure, thus stifling the development of his party and diluting voter trust. However, his lust for power won’t allow him to do the right thing, and no one in his party is likely to challenge his authority.
Prediction: for the next couple of years, the compromised Voronin and communists will serve as a dead weight and a brake on the promising development of the pro-Customs Union/ pro-EAU forces in Moldova. Unless and until there is an internal revolution (literally) within the Communist party (which is unlikely so far), the best strategy for other pro-EAU forces is to take away as many votes from the communists as possible. Those who traditionally vote communist (and that’s about 40% of voters in the country!) need to be convinced that the future is with the Customs Union Block and with Socialists instead. These forces should also leave their differences behind and unite.
Incidentally, the analysis and conclusions presented in this article is something you won’t hear in Moldova, nor from Western MSM, nor from Russian analysts. This article constitutes my original analysis and predictions based on my own info and observations.
The above dynamics will establish an uneasy equilibrium in the country for a period. This equilibrium will last until more people start leaning and voting anti-EU. At that point the struggle between opposing forces will intensify and the game will change, likely becoming more violent. However, considering Moldavians are terrified of the violent Ukrainian scenario next door, there is a good probability the overt violence may be prevented. So far it’s been peaceful, at least physically. The political and social fights will continue being intense, dirty and gloves off.
Moldova will be in an undecided state for a couple of years, until the scale is tipped irreversibly towards Eurasian Union. Incidentally, these two neighbors – Moldova and Ukraine – will look at each other and compare each other’s notes in regards to their decision to join the Customs Union, or rather Eurasian Union. The decision to join EAU will happen for both anywhere between 2016 and 2018, as I said in PREDICTIONS. For Moldova it will be around 2017 or 2018.
Joining EAU is unavoidable. But it will only happen when USA is weakened sufficiently so it cannot dictate any more.
Incidentally, joining EAU is the only way for the breakaway People’s Republic of Pridnestrovie (Transnistria) and Moldova to again become friends.
Some borders (including with Romania) may be revised as a result of all these processes. This will start happening towards the end of this decade and into the next. However, this may not be that big of an issue. It is likely that Romania, along with some other Eastern/Central European countries, in the next decade may become a member of Eurasian Union as well – at least an associate member.
Read/watch my related articles and videos:
Moldova Explosion Coming 2: Coalition “Moldova’s Choice-Customs Union”
FREE Earth Shift Report 2: Ukraine, Russia and Falsified History (there is some about Moldova here as well)
ORIGINAL – very comprehensive and interesting post and video! LadaRayLive: Explosion Coming! Moldova/Transnistria – Eurasian Union vs EU
Posted on November 29, 2014, in Eurasia, Geopolitical Trends, Predictions 2014 & Long-Term, Russia and tagged Chisinau, CIA, Customs Union, Dodon, EAU, EU, Eurasian Union, Formuzal, Gagauzia, geopolitics, Kishinev, moldavia, Moldova, moldova elections 11/30/2014 predictions, moldova's politics, Moscow, People's Choice-Customs Union, PMR, predictions about Moldova, predictions by Lada Ray, Pridnestrovie, Project Earth Shift, Russia, Shelin, Transnistria, USA, Vladimir Voronin. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
Lada….many thanks for your very intelligent and thorough response to my question!
As you point out, It is shocking the openly anti-democratic nature of all of this. Western propaganda media and so called “International” organisations have and no doubt will play their part in this with silent coverage if the vote goes pro-EU, but release a stream of hysteria and lies should the vote fall pro-Russia. The OSCE is one of the organisations I am talking about.
Interestingly enough, difficulties in allowing voters from elsewhere in Europe to vote is supposed to have played a key role in Ponta losing the Romanian presidential election
Hopefully Voronin has just been playing a pre-election game of giving the false impression that he is pro-EU and will be able to form a majority government with the Customs Union block.
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I hope so too, but I think US/EU has too many leverages over Voronin at this time. The real shift is a few years away. Alas, the situation will be in a limbo for a couple of years.
If the pro-EAU coalition is formed, together they will definitely be able to form a government, but at this time it will be very difficult for them to do so. As you said, US/EU will do everything to prevent it, while blaming Russia and slapping new sanctions just for the heck of it.
Can you please post a more detailed comment about Ponta losing Romainian elections? How did it happen? What influenced it? Do you follow Romanian politics? What is happening there? I’d really appreciate it.
As far as I can see, there is a big disappointment with EU. They seem to have started looking carefully towards Russia, but distrust persists on all sides for a variety of reasons.
I can tell you that only desperation and necessity will spur Eastern Europeans into action.
Czechs and Hungarians are clearly ahead of others.
EU is a mess.
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Interesting. Do you expect most of Eastern Europe to join the Eurasion Union, or will some hybrid be created where the countries are friendly to both the EU and the Customs Union?
Suppose it largely depends upon what Russia wants to do. The Russian elite have had their hundreds of billions (or trillions) of dollars in Western banks, and haven’t been interested in fighting the EU. And the EU has largely promised to control all countries in Eastern Europe except for Russia. As the EU leads to NATO, one can see that this is really tough to live with. So we get back to the struggle between money for the elite and the future of the country, same as it is in Moldova.
By the way, does it look like Russia is making efforts now inside Moldova to win the debate? Most folks argue that Russia did not do a good job of propaganda when this situation occurred in the Ukraine.
It might be worth noting that Sergei Lavrov’s speech the other day mentioned that Leslie Gelb, a key figure in the CFR, said that the situation in the Ukraine was to stop the Ukraine from joining the Eurasion Union, not to actually join the EU. It was a defensive measure from the EU’s perspective. In my opinion, the EU goal is to destroy countries so that they will be a burden for the Eurasian Union or Russia if they join.
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Great point about stopping Ukraine from joining EAU. Various agendas became intertwined here, uniting several forces in the West. This is why I distrust Merkel utterly, as I said from the very beginning. NWO and Merkel’s personal agendas commingled here. Hope Germany gets a better leader soon. She cannot be trusted if Germans want what’s best for Germany.
Hybrid is most likely. Only some E/Central Europe counties may join EAU, most probably as associate members – and that’s years away… Russia/Putin want to unite Eurasia, in other words, Europe and the Russian world. They don’t care how Europeans join, as associate or full members, as long as they start being friendly and cooperative as opposed to backstabbing..
US can’t allow this to happen. This is mostly a mega-clash between US and Russia, with lowly local interests of the EU elites thrown in.
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P.S. Russia learned from Ukraine mistakes. Moldova is being taken seriously – looks like they also took my suggestion from August/Sept, to be more active. But Russia is still being very careful to avoid more economic attacks from the West.
This is an issue to discuss in one of our future episodes: what Russia really wants in Moldova and other E. Europe countries. Not exactly what some think.
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Many thanks again Lada for the excellent reply.
I have been to Romanian a few times,know a few citizens and have ate some of their pork dishes at a few of their restaurants……..that makes me a Romanian politics expert among my peers only ! Unfortunately I wouldn’t say I have a profound knowledge of their domestic politics but there were several articles mentioning the problems of Romanians living abroad facing the same type of situation as Moldovans in Russia voting.
The had same scenario in that voters abroad were likely to vote against the current authorities.
No exit polls for this election today in Moldova suggests another dirty trick
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I see what you mean. Thanks 🙂
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No exit polls… Interesting. I am taking off today and don’t have access to any info. We’ll see how far they decide to go in their falsifications.
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Posted a brief update on what is happening at the only Moscow polling station.
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Socialists got the majority, despite all the opposition scheming. However, given the situation with Moldovans in Russia, the whole election should be declared void.
And an interesting, maybe irrelevant aside, concerning Norway:
When Norway twice said ‘no’ to EU, it happened by a small margin: 54%-56% against. A poll a week ago revealed that should EU referendum be conducted now, 75% of Norwegian population would say no. And at a time like this, pro-EU forces in Moldova and Ukraine destroy their own countries to get aboard a sinking ship…
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