Moldova Police Say They Foiled Russian Plot

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Police in Moldova said they foiled a plot by groups of Russia-backed actors. The head of Moldova’s police said in a news conference that an undercover agent had infiltrated groups of “diversionists,” some Russian citizens. As early as four weeks ago, Moldovan President sounded the alarm that Russia was planning a coup d’état in the country.

KISHINEV MARCH 13: Police in Moldova said they foiled a plot by groups of Russia-backed actors who were trained to cause mass unrest during a Sunday protest against the country’s new pro-Western government. Backed by pro-Russian oligarch Ilan Shor, who himself fled to Israel, protests have intensified in the capital Chisinau in recent weeks. Ilan Shor has previously been convicted of financial crime.

The head of Moldova’s police, Viorel Cernauteanu, said in a news conference that an undercover agent had infiltrated groups of “diversionists,” some Russian citizens, who allegedly were promised $10,000 to organize “mass disorder” during the protest in the capital, Chisinau.

– We believe that Russia is pursuing options to weaken the Moldovan government, likely with the ultimate goal of seeing a more Russia-friendly administration, said John Kirby, a spokesman for the US National Security Council.

For many years, Russia has enabled a breakaway government in the Transnistria region in eastern Moldova, and there are a couple of thousand Russian soldiers called peacekeepers.

As early as four weeks ago, Moldovan President Maia Sandu sounded the alarm that Russia was planning a coup d’état in the country, states Politico.

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