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Ukraine numbers on this screen are officially admitted by Ukraine government. Screenshot from Russian geopolitical talk show 60 Minut, which for balance, by the way, includes pro-junta, pro-Poroshenko, anti-Russian guests from Ukraine, one of whom you can see on the right of the screen.
Poroshenko presidency (2014-19) results:
GDP of Ukraine down by 39%
Home payments (dwellings, taxes, utilities) up by 702%, or 8 times
Heat up by 1130%
Gas up by 960%
After they squeezed out or killed off all normal people, and after they installed in 2014 this bloodsucker, suddenly Ukraine radicals and Ukro-Nazis woke up to the truth? The latest scandal is that Poroshenko and his cronies looted the military budget of the country. Ukro-Nazis are protesting and there is talk of a new Maidan. Poroshenko had to run for his life from a recent election rally where nationalists attacked him. Nationalist radicals say they plan a major protest rally for March 16 and weekly thereafter.
Spiders are devouring each other. Best of luck to them; meantime Ukraine continues plunging into its self-created abyss…
And what did any of them expect? I and a few other sane analysts warned about all this since 2014! The result was entirely predictable and pre-determined…
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EADS UP! The Moldavian elections are coming in a couple of weeks. Despite a small size and economic weakness of the country, its super-important geopolitical position makes Moldova a true harbinger of change and a swing state bar none! The Moldavian choice will influence Ukraine, post-Soviet Space, the Balkans and Europe! For Russia, Moldova suddenly became an important country, as relations with Ukraine soured.
For several years, as I predicted, Moldova existed in a state of an uneasy equilibrium, where the oligarchy, PM and parliament were in direct and tough confrontation against President Dodon and the people. But this may change in less than a month!
Before elections, I am preparing NEW BIG MOLDOVA REPORT, including analysis of the current political spread, my best insider intel, and multidimensional calibrations of President Igor Dodon.
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While Dodon is in Moscow, Poroshenko and Moldovan PM Filip are plotting something behind his back, trying to pull a fast one before it’s too late. But it’s all laughable. Watch at the end their misshapen attempt at having a dialog. Hilarious and comical: while both speak Russian perfectly, each tries to speak Moldavian and Ukrainian. The poor interpreter gets confused and often translates the opposite of their meaning. The Tower of Babel, aka, karma at work!
Very educational: Russian language would’ve united them, but their feeble attempts to ignore it only serve to divide. What a contrast with Putin and Dodon!
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According to the Russian tradition:
Happy Old New Year, and wishing everyone much prosperity & abundance in 2017!
The nostalgic and fun holiday, called The Old New Year, is celebrated on January 13-14 in all of the Russian World.
The traditions for this cool holiday include a very generous table, brimming with traditional Russian foods, such as large, round Russian bliny served with butter, honey, various preserves and caviar, as well as sweets, fruits and Russian tea from the colorful samovar. Groups of well-wishers, dressed in traditional Russian outfits, walk around their village or neighborhood and throw seeds, beans or grains mixed with money, to wish their neighbors and friends prosperity and abundance. This is called ‘Schedrikha’ : the abundance sharing ritual.
It’s also traditional to have sled snow rides, the pinnacle of which are the Russian troika rides: troika means three horses riding as one. People also have snow fights, build snow men and snow or ice terema (castles).
After the Schedrikha ritual another ritual would be performed: burning a stack of hay, which symbolizes burning away any old and hamful energy. As the hay burns, Russians join hands and dance around the fire in the traditional Russian Khorovod. Then, the bravest leap over the burning hay. This seals the ritual, symbolizing the surmounting of any life’s difficulties.
This video is from Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie, where traditions are alive and well. Some of the customs, table and Russian attire start at 0:10 and continue at 0:40.
Pridnestrovie (often referred to in the West as Transnistria) is the breakaway republic of the former Moldavia, which proclaimed its intention to join Russia.
Incidentally, my predictions about Moldova changing directions towards Russia and away from the West, are coming true.
I explain a lot about Moldova and Pridnestrovie in this 2014 video on my YT channel:
|Pridnestrovie vs Moldova: Eurasian Union vs EU (LadaRayLive 2)
by Lada Ray
All about the convoluted history and today’s realities of Moldova, Pridnestrovie, Black Sea and more: Read ESR8: BLACK SEA GAMBIT.
EARTH SHIFT REPORT 8: BLACK SEA GAMBIT (He who controls Black Sea controls Russia’s soft underbelly)
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EARTH SHIFT REPORT 8
Lada Ray’s Message
This Earth Shift Report is in part geopolitical analysis, in part futurist trendcast, and in part investigative report.
But what really sets it apart is that reading it, you’ll feel at times that you are in the midst of a geopolitical or spy thriller, and at other times, as if you’ve landed in an apocalyptic sci-fi!
Because the geographic position of the many areas we discuss is of crucial importance to the big geopolitical game being played around Black Sea, this report includes a number of maps, which will help my readers orient and anchor themselves in the convoluted sea of events and changes. Each map is explained and tied to the narrative, which will greatly enrich your reading experience!
The fact that I myself am intimately familiar with those parts will put you straight in the middle of an action. But that’s not all! Added are several chilling, shocking, revealing, and at times, hugely entertaining, stories and videos that make this Earth Shift Report better than a thriller!
Throughout this report I offer you a challenge:
Let’s solve this puzzle!
Why is Saakashvili, ousted ex-prez of Georgia and Odessa governor, so cocky with Kiev elites he seemingly should be grateful to? Why did he say he was aiming higher than the post of Ukraine PM, or even president?
The answer to these questions will bring us to the very heart of the issue: why is Black Sea so important geopolitically?
Why are there so much struggle and competition around Black Sea?
Why is US so intent on turning Odessa into its mega-base?
Read in this report:
Odessa, Black Sea and a Nuclear Bomb of a story – literally!
Police state at its peak: I have been banned in Ukraine
Why I never ignore my premonitions & why I have not returned to Ukraine
How, without realizing it, in 2006 and 2013 I made predictions about Odessa and Ukraine
Ukrainian futurist’s dire prediction: Nuclear Strike Against Odessa
Meet international criminal, ex-president of Georgia and US agent, Mikhail Saakashvili, governor of Odessa 2015-2017
Lada Ray assessment and prediction: the future of Odessa
Wrap-up and assessment: If referendum to join Russia was held today in Odessa…
Sci-fi or horror movie? Surreal ‘Surgical Refuse’ cemetery near Odessa for Ukraine army ATO & illegal organ trade to EU: Whistleblower video proof, commentary, full ENG translation
‘Shadow CIA’ Stratfor and George Freedman: Plan to Isolate and Destroy Russia in Order to Open Gates for Global Takeover
Who is George Friedman?
Turkey and Poland emerging superpowers; Russia gone: Friedman’s predictions
Baltic – Black Sea Plan
Poland’s kings, Bros. Kachinski; Russophobia & imperial ambitions; Smolensk crash consequences
Poland’s Cultural Cognitive Dissonance
Ukraine’s role in Friedman’s plan
Turkey’s role in Friedman’s plan
Stratfor Plan for Romania and Moldova
Baltic – Black Sea Plan turns into the Baltic – Black Sea – Caspian Plan
Complete Iron Curtain Fail: Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary rebel
Plan B: how Caspian was added to Stratfor Plan – focus on Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East
Remaining Balkans resistance: reformatting Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bulgaria
Black Sea clandestine op: dangerous time bomb installed and ticking! How do we disarm it?
The situation in Moldova, Gagauzia and Pridnestrovie: Overview and analysis of events in Moldavia in October 2014 – January 2016 & the truth about Moldavian and Romanian history
Battleground Moldova – November 30, 2014 Elections
Moldavia Explodes! Anti-EU, Anti-Government Revolt, Parliament Stormed
How $1 billion was stolen from Moldavian people
Why Russia was unable to accept Pridnestrovie as part of the Russian Federation
How Odessa and Pridnestrovie worked together & how Ukraine/Moldavia/Romania/US worked against them
Pridnestrovie blockade: US-Romania-Kiev plan to provoke Russia into sending troops
The story of 1992 Pridnestrovie conflict. General Lebed’s ultimatum
Newest Moldavia developments: Separate deals with Russia, emerging political figures and Moldavia’s unlikely Che Guevara cum 007
Gagauzia votes to secede and join Russia if Moldavia is annexed by Romania
How parts of Moldavia began making separate deals with Russia
Oligarch Renato Usatii – Moldavia’s unlikely Che Guevara cum 007
Real-life spy thriller, plus, international scandal! Odessa-Moldavia heist: the unsuspecting President of Moldova Timofti spills the beans to ‘Odessa Governor Saakashvili’; collusion between Moldavian Minister of Interior and ‘Ukraine’s Arsen Avakov’ (Video/audio evidence with full ENG translation and commentary)
CONCLUSIONS AND PREDICTIONS
What is really happening in Odessa?
What is their plan in regards to Odessa Oblast and surrounding territories?
Are people in target areas learning their lesson and awakening?
Closing predictions for US and EU
Earth Shift and humanity’s lesson
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In response to my latest video: WHO REALLY RULED USSR? The Secret of Brezhnev’s Passport
Lada’s Guide to the 85 Subjects of the Russian Federation
If located in the densely populated European part, oblast in size could be between a US state and county. It’s typically bigger than any US county, but sometimes smaller than a state. If it’s located in Siberia, it tends to be bigger than many of the world’s countries.
Sometimes oblast is incorrectly translated as a ‘region.’
Russia’s administrative structure is federative, which means that there is a federative agreement between various parts of the country. This is due to the multi-national, multi-confessional and multi-cultural composition of Russia. In fact, Russia is the most multi-national country in the world, with about 100 nationalities living on its territory. It is also one of the few truly multi-confessional countries, although the main religion is considered Russian Orthodoxy.
Presently, Russian Federation has 85 subjects, including the latest two: Crimea and Sevastopol (the map below is several years old and doesn’t include them).
Many, but not all, of the 85 federation subjects are oblasts. Oblasts are generally the predominantly and traditionally Russian-populated territories within Russia, directly subordinate to the capital, Moscow. Most oblasts, with a couple of exceptions, have a large central city as their capital. Usually, oblasts are called by the name of the capital city.
Example of an important oblast without a large central city is Moskovskaya Oblast (area around Moscow – excluding Moscow proper, which is a separate subject of the Federation). Examples of oblasts headed by large cities: Lipetskaya Oblast (capital Lipetsk) and Voronezhskaya Oblast (capital city of Voronezh), both in central Russia; Novosibirskaya Oblast in Western Siberia (capital Novosibirsk).
Another administrative subdivision in addition to oblast is kray. A great example is Krasnodarsky Kray, which includes some of the most fertile agricultural lands in Russia, as well as the famous Black Sea resorts, such as Sochi. Kray (krai) means a parcel of land, or alternatively, ‘the end, edge or outskirts.’ Incidentally, the word Ukraine ‘ u-krai-na’ is a derivative of the word kray.
Black Sea resort of Sochi (Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 venue), Krasnodarsky Kray
Normally, krays are those lands where the cossacks traditionally settle. They were given land and special rights by the Russian Empire, and later, by the Russian Federation. Their administration was a little different. Kray is often bigger than oblast, although some are comparable in size and population. Other examples are Krasnoyarsky Kray in Eastern Siberia (capital Krasnoyarsk) and Dalnevostochniy Kray (the Far Eastern Kray).
Beautiful Lake Baikal, Eastern Siberia. Shared administratively by Irkutsk Oblast to the west and Buryatskaya Autonomous Republic (Buryatia) to the east.
Next, there are autonomous oblast, autonomous okrugs, and autonomous republics.
Autonomous oblast and autonomous okrugs are governed much like any other oblast, but they have more of an ethnic flavor, with more school subjects in small native languages, celebration of small ethnic cultures, etc. There are a few autonomous okrugs, but only one Jewish Autonomous Oblast (capital Birobidjan). They all are in Siberia, Far East and the European north, where small native populations reside. As I said in previous articles, their heritage is meticulously preserved.
Incidentally, the word ‘native cultures’ is a misnomer – the situation in Russia was completely different from that of the USA or Australia. However, since we don’t have a different word to express this notion in English, I am still utilizing it for the ease of reference.
Although there is a lot of debate about this, presently, the governor of any oblast, autonomy or kray is elected locally. There are a lot of voices advocating that all governors should be appointed by the Russian President.
It has to be noted that the territory of the krays, oblasts and okrugs in Siberia and the Far East are larger than most countries. Meanwhile, the population of these is usually very small.
Autonomous republics are a whole different thing. They have their own head of state, called president or something else. A good example is Ramzan Kadyrov in Chechnya. There is a big debate whether it’s appropriate for an autonomous republic’s head to be called president, since there can be only one Russian President. I believe Kadyrov himself raised this issue and said he wouldn’t call himself ‘president,’ choosing instead the title of the ‘Head of the Chechen Autonomous Republic.’ Meanwhile, Tatarskaya Autonomous Republic (Tatarstan) and Bashkortostan preserve the title of president. As we see, autonomous republics have a lot of say in how they self-govern.
Regardless of size, autonomous republics are those that have a predominantly or partially different population than ethnic Russians. Usually the core population is Muslim and they are mostly concentrated around the Black Sea/Caucasus and Volga/Urals regions. Exceptions are in Siberia, such as Buryatia, which is Buddhist, not Muslim.
Each autonomous republic has its own state language (together with Russian), own flag, troops and anthem. Their chain of command is different. First they respond to their own head of autonomy, who also has more pull and influence over local laws. Only then they respond to the federal center.
In addition to Chechnya, some other well-known autonomous republics are: Crimea (capital Simferopol), Tatarstan on Volga (capital Kazan), Bashkortostan (capital Ufa). There is also Dagestan in Caucasus, Buryatia near Lake Baikal in Siberia, etc.
Moscow, capital of Russia, city of federal significance
Finally, Russian Federation has 3 cities that do not belong to any oblast, kray or autonomy. Instead, they are separate subjects of the federation, answering directly to the Russian President, aka, ‘cities of federal significance.’
These are: Moscow (governed separately from Moskovskaya Oblast), St. Petersburg (also separate from the surrounding Leningradskaya Oblast). The newest city of federal significance is Sevastopol, base of the Russian Black Sea fleet, which is governed separately from the Crimean Autonomous Republic.
St. Petersburg (former Leningrad), city of federal significance
(More data can be found on Wikipedia.)
A bit of history
Russian Federation was established by Lenin in 1918-22. The structure remains very similar since then. In addition to the largest republic called the Russian Federation (Rossiyskaya Federatsia), USSR consisted of 14 other republics (15 in total), some of which had only oblasts and others, autonomies as well.
Before the Soviet Union, the Russian Empire existed within the borders of the USSR, plus several other, presently independent countries, such as Finland and Poland. The Russian Empire’s administrative borders were very similar to the present day oblasts, krays and autonomies, plus the former Soviet republics. However, there were no formal autonomies, although local style of governorship, customs and laws were honored. Each territory was formally called ‘guberniya,’ meaning governorship. Each governor was appointed by the Russian Emperor.
The situation in former Soviet republics
Incidentally, the now independent countries of Ukraine and Belarus both consist exclusively of oblasts. They have no autonomies or krays. Moldova has oblasts and one autonomy – Gagauzia (population: Orthodox Turks), which threatens to secede any moment, preferring to join Russia. Pridnestrovie seceded formally from Moldova, trying to re-join Russia for the past 23 years. Georgia lost its 2 autonomies, Abkhazia and S. Ossetia, after having mistreated their population.
Of course, Crimea seceded from Ukraine to join Russia. Donbass (Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts) has also de-facto seceded from Ukraine, although the civil war so far rages on.
Ukraine is refusing to adopt federative structure, insisting it is a unitarian country, although many forces inside and out push Ukraine towards federalization. Kiev authorities rightly feel they would swiftly lose their grip on power, should federalization occur.
While ethnically and linguistically extremely close, ideologically and culturally Ukraine has one of the most diverse populations. For such situation as in Ukraine, it seems federalization is the only solution in order to keep peace. But then the question immediately becomes: why be separate from Russia? Kiev rightfully fears that once Russian language is officially recognized as official, all of East and South of Ukraine will recall their Russian roots and ask to be re-united with Russia.
At the same time, parts of western Ukraine may drift off to Hungary, Slovakia or Poland. The danger is very high of the artificial state of Ukraine – created within present borders by Soviet leaders Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev – disintegrating at the seams.
From the above we can see that in the post-Soviet space only Russia is able to keep its extremely diverse and multi-cultural population working together in peace and stability.
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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:
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
Moldova is a small country in the south-western part of the post-Soviet space, just west of Odessa, populated with simple and friendly people. I grew up in Odessa, while my relatives lived in Bendery (now the de-facto independent Pridnestrovie) and Kishinev (the capital of Moldova), therefore I am intimately familiar with those parts.
Moldova is considered the poorest country of Europe. Out of 3.6 mln population 1 million works abroad; 700,000 or more of these, in Russia.
In 1991-93 the wealthiest and most industrialized part of then Moldova (aka, Moldavia), Pridnestrovie: full name Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublica, or PMR (Western name: Transnistria), seceded after Kishinev Moldovan government announced they wanted to become a part of Romania.
Notice, Pridnestrovie kept ‘Moldavia’ as part of the break-away republic’s full name, therefore declaring that they are not against Moldova, as many Moldovan nationalists make them out to be in order create hatred and division in society. In fact, the tiny Pridnestrovie with 500,000 population, has THREE official state languages: Russian, Ukrainian and Moldavian. Just like Crimean autonomy, with 2 million people, which has recently adopted 3 state languages as well: Russian, Ukrainian and Tatar. Compare that to Ukraine and Moldova with only Ukrainian and Moldovan as state languages respectively, despite the fact that 50-70% of the population (or more, in Ukraine’s case) speak Russian and despite popular protest. No comment needed…
Back in 1993, after a short but brutal war, Russian peacekeeping contingent was stationed in Pridnestrovie based on the official UN mandate, and only that stopped the civil war.
Should the Donbass people today be so lucky, the Russian peacekeeping contingent would have stopped today’s war in Donbass as well. But ever since 1993, the UN fell completely under the US thumb, so this is not an option at this time for the long-suffering E.Ukraine (Novorossia). However, just a heads up – my intel says that this may eventually change!
During Soviet times, Moldova, or Moldavskaya Sovetskaya Sotsialisticheskaya Respublica, was in mint condition due to constant infusions of resources by the Russian Federation – the same thing that happened in Ukraine and other Soviet republics. Brezhnev had a soft spot for Moldova as he worked there at one point. Originally Brezhnev was from Ukraine, and he heavily invested in Ukraine as well. The same story goes for ALL 14 republics, including in large part Georgia, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, who took Russian resources gladly for many years, but who are now so keen on complaining about how ‘Russians oppressed them.’
Soon, I will have a new free EARTH SHIFT Report 2: The Roots of Anti-Russian Hatred in Ukraine, which will go into more detail about how it worked.
I also have a soft spot for both Moldova and Pridnestrovie, having spent many summers there as a child. I think these are lovely parts, although many others in Russia looked down on Moldavia, thinking it agricultural, simple and unimportant. Me – since I was about 5, I was convinced it was highly underrated. And incidentally, the mentality in Russia is changing, too. What can I say, I am always ahead of my time ;), which is more often a curse rather than a blessing…
In those days all Russians, Ukrainians, Moldavians, Turks, Gagauzs, Bolgarians, Greeks and everyone else, lived in peace not only in Moldavia and Ukraine, but everywhere else in Eurasia. One day, peace will reign again. Read the rest of this entry
In my Predictions and many previous articles I have said that despite the US aggressive push against Russia, they were stupid and naive to think that they could ever defeat or destroy Russia. I analysed, dissected, explained, predicted what would happen next. Many of my predictions already came true, and the rest will materialize in due course. I provided examples of the inclusiveness of the Russian culture, this intangible quality that makes the country alive, proving that its life force remains strong despite any ups and downs. See Raising Chi Against Hatred: The Suppressed Story of Russian Songs that Unite World Cultures.
In the West and Ukraine they love to scream that Russia is aggressive and is trying to re-form the Soviet Union. Russia doesn’t need to do anything. It is the choice and the will of the people that is at play here. This is destiny and karma, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. If anything, Russia is a little unsure at this point as to what to do with all these people who want to join in.
Today, I just want to give a very simple demonstration of how this works on the everyday level. We know that despite all the hysterical political circus about Ukraine being separate from Russia, millions of Ukraine citizens work and live in Russia, sending their money back to Ukraine to substantially prop-up the country’s crumbling GDP. The situation is even more dire in Moldova. Anywhere between 750,000 and 1 million Moldavians out of 3.4 million population live and work in Russia; their earnings provide 30% of Moldavian GDP! Similar, or even higher numbers are true for all other post-Soviet republics.
I was just watching KVN, the world’s longest running Soviet/Russian game show, which is older than I am. It is a cult thing and a matter of national pride. In it the young people compete in their wit, artistic talent and humor. The teams from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Latvia, Israel, Kazakhstan, and other countries usually take part. So, in this year’s show, a team from Kyrgyzstan, a small post-Soviet Central Asian Republic, opened their presentation with this joke:
“Kyrgyzstan is a country of 5 million people, out of which 2 million live in The Capital, and 1 million in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek.” The Capital obviously means Moscow. In other words, for Kyrgyzs, Moscow is still The Capital. (See this in KVN 1/8 Supreme League at 6:00.) And note, 2 million out of 5 million Kyrgyzs live in Russia!
My point? All those who live in what I call the Greater Russian world, still consider Russia their country. And this concerns not only former Soviet republics, but also countries that were close to Russia traditionally. In my previous post I spoke about Mongolia – see here. It’s just one example out of many.
US/EU/NWO may try to stir up trouble, but they will never reach any lasting results. They might as well give up now. Problem is they won’t give up, and will continue stirring up trouble as they go, just out of their sheer desire to drag everyone into the abyss together with themselves. This is why since February 2014, and since my first articles about Ukraine, I said that “US/EU already lost in Ukraine, but they are so stupid they don’t know it yet.” Unfortunately, it all has to play out to the end before enough people understand the futility of all this fighting. I am very sorry that because of greed, stupidity and ill will of a few, so many have to suffer.
Recently, there was a soft maidan-like coup in Abkhazia, a former part of Georgia that seceded from it together with South Ossetia in 2008. It is presently an unrecognized, de-facto independent republic, along with South Ossetia. The population is almost 100% Abkhazians. The government had to resign due to people’s protests. Do you know what the people were unhappy about? They were unhappy about the fact that their government was… insufficiently pro-Russian. They want to join Russia, you see.
For another vivid illustration of how this works also watch LRL2: LadaRayLive 2. Explosion Coming! Moldova/Transnistria – Eurasian Union vs EU. In this segment of Lada Ray Live I talk about the pro-Eurasian Union movement growing in Moldova, and also, in the Gagauzia autonomy. The breakaway Pridnestrovie (Transnistria) is a separate – and very interesting – story altogether. The forgotten and the poorest country of Europe, Moldova, is becoming another geopolitical fault line. For much more watch my above video!
Live Poll: Moldavians against EU, want to join Customs Union (lots of people speak up and half of them speak Moldavian, half Russian)
Moldavian workers in Russia beg Russian authorities not to deport them before elections as they have no place to go (in their own country!). This is a very passionate plea by a simple Moldavian woman working in Moscow as a cleaner. She also speaks of the desire of Moldavians to be with Russia. Look at how many people give her a standing ovation in the end! I speak much more about the situation in Moldova in my Moldova/Transnistria video above.
GROSS MANIPULATION AND ANTI-DEMOCRATIC ACTIONS OF THE Pro-EU MOLDOVAN GOVERNMENT:
Moldavians living in Russia and the Social-Democratic Party of Moldova are trying to organize 200 polling stations so citizens of Moldova abroad could vote in the November 30 parliamentary elections. The power in the country has been usurped by 3 “democratic” pro-western parties, aided by the corruption of the largest party of Moldova, the Communists and its leader, Vladimir Voronin. People had been supporting Communists because they thought they were pro-Russian, but, according to my sources, communists proved that they were just as sold-out (however bizarre it sounds) as the Moldovan ruling pro-western neo-liberal democrats. It doesn’t help that the parliamentary system in the country favors the pro-western parties. I also talk about all that in my video, which I highly recommend you listen to: LadaRayLive 2. Explosion Coming! Moldova/Transnistria – Eurasian Union vs EU.
So, the present government is refusing the citizens their birth right: 750k-1mln of Moldovan citizens of voting age, who work in Russia, have no possibility of voting in the upcoming election! By excluding over 1/2 of the electorate that is sure to vote against EU association, the pro-western parties try to ensure another 4 years in power. For most of Moldavians these elections are crucial. November 30, 2014 will decide whether Moldova finally does right by its citizens by joining Eurasian Union, or if it will continue pulling them towards a catastrophic EU integration. Most of Moldova’s trade is with Russia. If Moldova joins EU, it will ruin what’s left of its economy.
Gagauzia is sure to secede. The Gagauzia autonomy had a referendum in February 2014 in which over 95% of citizens voted to join Customs Union and secede from Moldova, unless Moldova also joins Customs Union.
The breakaway Pridnestrovie, with 500k population and decent economy compared to the rest of Moldova, has been knocking on Russia’s door for a very long while. Its referendum of 2006 also had predictable results: about 97% of people voted for re-unification with Russia.
Related brief videos:
Farmers from North Moldova on march to capital with their tractors to protest government and demand Customs Union integration – also see LRL2 video about much more on that.
New party: Moldova’s Choice – Customs Union
Episode 2 of LadaRayLive. Europe’s Stepchildren: Pridnestrovie and Moldova – Eurasian Union vs EU
Moldova and Pridnestrovie – I call them the stepchildren of Europe. The unrecognized Pridnestrovie – PMR (aka, Transnistria or TransDniestria) seceded from Moldova in 1990-1992, following a brutal civil war, and it has been knocking on the door of the Russian Federation ever since. In February 2014 Moldova’s other area, the Gagauzia Autonomy, had a referendum in which citizens voted overwhelmingly to secede from Moldova and join Customs Union with Russia. The new party, “Moldova’s Choice – Customs Union” has been formed in the capital of Moldova, Chisinau (Kishinev), and north Moldovan farmers, who are about to be bankrupted because of sanctions, are on the march. Meanwhile, the Chisinau (Kishinev) politicians and elites continue leading the country into EU. In three months, Moldova will have parliamentary elections. The explosion is coming. Will Moldova turn into another Ukraine? Listen to the very detailed and heartfelt analysis and predictions from Lada Ray, who grew up in those parts and who knows them intimately.
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