19 October 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

Activists launch Moldova’s first ‘Space Camp’

A group of Moldovan and international campaigners for ‘free spaces’ recently held a five day ‘Space Camp’ in a botanical park in the north of country.
Susan Coughtrie, 18 July 2011, 12:30

The participants, some from as far as Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Germany, France, Portugal, and Finland, met at the park located near the village of Mendic, in the Drochia Raion.

Described as ‘self organized camp about the organization of free spaces', the aim of the week was to find a way to revitalize this very scenic area, deep in the Moldovan countryside. Those involved spent several days clearing rubbish from the site, making reparations, remapping the area, as well as, making longer term plans for its future.

As part of the Space Camp project, which ran from 2nd-7th July, there was also a focus on shared learning and participants held workshops on subjects as diverse as free software, first aid and laughing yoga.

The park was built in the 19th Century by a wealthy Polish entrepreneur for his wife and subsequently used in Soviet times as a summer camp for children. In recent years it has been abandoned, and many of the parks buildings have been vandalized and are currently in a very bad state of repair. There are several historical monuments on the grounds, including an old villa which was designed by the architect Alexander Bernardazzi.

The National Museum for Ethnography, Chisinau, which currently owns the site, gave its permission to the organizers to become the park's guardians. There is hope to restore the area to its former glory, and make it a pleasant free space for both Moldovans and international visitors.

For more information, please see the official Space Camp website -


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