Cultural Revolutions

Moldovan Communists

The Moldovan Communists won 71 of 101 seats in the February 25 parliamentary elections, to the chagrin of expansionist-minded NATOcrats. With an absolute majority in the parliament—which elects the country's president—pro-Russian elements in Moldova are likely to have one of their own as the country's chief executive. Moldovan Communist leader Vladimir Voronin announced that he intends to follow through with two pro-Russian campaign pledges: to make Russian Moldova's second "official language" (after years of antirussophone actions by the Moldovan authorities), and to seek Moldova's admission to the Russia-Belarus Union, a loose political-economic alliance of the two Slavic states. The election also strengthened Moscow's hand in the breakaway Moldovan Dniester republic, a largely Slavic region that had long sought Moscow's protection from a pro-Rumanian government.

Meanwhile, Ukraine also appears to be moving closer to Russia—and away from NATO. Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, accused of ordering the murder last fall of journalist Georgy Gongadze, who had chronicled Kuchma's cozy relations with the Ukrainian and Russian oligarch/mafia class, is now under pressure to resign. The Russians jumped at the opportunity to alter Kuchma's increasingly pro-Western, pro-NATO stance: Vladimir Putin visited Ukraine in February, offering a deal that would ease the country's energy...

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