28 November 2021

Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

Parties-Phantoms, Parties - State Institutions, Parties - State Enterprises


20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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Activists launch Moldova’s first ‘Space Camp’ © Susan Coughtrie

Ravnopraviye has got new Chairman

The Ravnopraviye [Equal Rights] Socio-Political Movement has notified the Ministry of Justice that the Movement's previous chairman, Valery Klimenko, had been removed from the post, that a new leader had been elected - Boris Shapovalov, and that Klimenko and 4 more persons had been removed from the Movement Board.
INFOTAG, 16 March 2009, 18:11

Chisinau, March 16 ( INFOTAG ). The MoJ has accepted the notification and other accompanying documents and is considering them, the Ravnopraviye press unit has reported.

Last week, an initiative group announced a decision to convoke an extraordinary congress on March 28 to elect a new leader of the Movement. The group distributed a media advisory writing that Valery Klimenko has retired as Ravnopraviye chairman because he is standing for parliament on the Centrist Union of Moldova ticket. The initiators of electing a new leader accused Klimenko of misappropriation of the means of Ravnopraviye and of the Congress of Russian Communities, which Valery Klimenko had headed last 2 years. The initiative group reported that the extraordinary congress was going to be a joint enterprise of the two organizations, and that the two were going to elect a new leader.

Valery Klimenko himself regards all the above actions as unlawful. He maintains that Ravnopraviye has taken a conscientious decision to support the Centrist Union at the April 5 parliamentary elections, so the Movement representatives were included into the CUM ticket of candidates for parliament.

"For the election campaign period, we have suspended our membership of Ravnopraviye, as the legislation demands. This happy opportunity was used by a group of impostors, who are unfolding a political gamesmanship in favor of certain forces", stated Klimenko.


Chisinau, March 16 ( INFOTAG ). The Ravnopraviye [Equal Rights] Socio-Political Movement is rejecting stories that, allegedly, only its former chairman, Valery Klimenko, is standing in support of the Centrist Union of Moldova.

The Movement's new chairman Boris Shapovalov told a news conference in Infotag today that Klimenko had to resign as chairman because otherwise he would have been not eligible to stand for parliament on the CUM ticket.

"The media stories that Valery Klimenko is allegedly not our leader and that Ravnopraviye and the Congress of Russian Communities are not, allegedly, supporting him are pursuing one objective - to mislead the electorate. Independently of what stance Mr. Klimenko has at the present time, he was and he remains our leader", stated Boris Shapovalov.

He explained that Moldovan newspaper offices are lately receiving anonymous letters from "a mysterious initiative group", which is allegedly going to dismiss Klimenko from his posts at an extraordinary congress on March 28.

Shapovalov stated, "Such letters are based on nothing, and they are being sent by people having nothing in common with our organization", said the new Ravnopraviye leader.

Shapovalov reaffirmed that Klimenko had quitted the chairmanship of only the Ravnopraviye Movement, not the post of the Congress of Russian Communities chairman.

All that was confirmed at a news conference by Valery Klimenko himself and by Centrist Union of Moldova leader Vasile Tarlev. Tarlev stated, inter alia, that he would not at all be surprised if one fine Saturday the Communist Government convenes 2-3 persons and announces that this was another extraordinary congress of Ravnopraviye that elected a new chairman, and the Ministry of Justice will register the congress decision immediately.

"The modern Moldova already has such a precedent - the recent imaginary alternative congress of the National Association of Commodity Producers", former Moldovan Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev said.

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