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Opposition protest leader detained in Moldova

Marina Tauber led a protest against the president of Moldova, Maia Sandu, who advocates rapid integration into the European Union. Moldova is an ex-Soviet nation located between Ukraine, and EU member Romania.

Tauber is a senior member of Moldova’s second largest opposition party led by Ilan SOR. He is in exile, and he was sentenced last month to 15 years in prison in connection with bank scam.

Sandu and officials claim Tauber’s participation in the loud demonstrations is part and parcel of an attempt by Russia to disrupt public affairs in Moldova and act on behalf of its interests.

Irina Gotisan, press secretary for the president, stated in a press statement that “everyone must adhere to the legal standards of Republic of Moldova.” In a press release, Irina Gotisan, presidential press secretary stated that “everyone is required to adhere to the legal norms of Republic of Moldova.”


Tauber faces fraud charges over funding for her party and was arrested after she attempted to leave the country against court orders. According to the prosecutor’s office, Tauber remained in prison on Monday night.

Moldova has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and accused Kremlin of trying to destabilize country.

Sandu won a reelection in 2020 by a large majority. Her PAS, which supports her proEuropean policies, holds the majority of seats in parliament. The protests did not pose a serious challenge to Sandu’s power.


Tauber is also expected to play a role in the upcoming election in Gagauzia, Moldova. This region is populated by Turks who adhere to Orthodox Christianity. They are also in favor of close relations with Russia.

All eight candidates were pro Russian. Tauber will be the campaign manager of one of the two candidates in the runoff that will take place at the end this month.

Sandu’s PAS has been criticised for not fielding any candidates, with the claim that a candidate would suffer a crushing defeat in the region.

Transdniestria, a second Moldovan region, broke off from Moldova in the 1990s. Since the short war that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, 1,500 Russian peacekeepers have been supporting the region.

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