The events unfolding in Chisinau once again make it clear that not every party automatically becomes an adherent of democratic values only because it has chosen the right name for itself.
Ironically, it was the Democratic Party of Moldova that was marked by an attempt to stage a coup d’état in the country when the situation got out of control. It would seem that could not go so far as to force politicians to take desperate and frankly dangerous actions? Elections are needed to determine the favorites and outsiders in accordance with the will of the people. But the situation in the political arena of Moldova is far from being subject to the laws of logic. It can be analyzed except in terms of criminal laws.
As you know, back in February, parliamentary elections were held in the republic, which many considered as a turning point for the country. However, it did not work out. According to the results of the voting, none of the political forces could gain enough seats in the legislature, so the state apparatus was actually paralyzed for long months while the parties tried to form a coalition. The situation changed only last Saturday, when the pro-European AKUM bloc and the pro-Russian Socialist Party, spitting on obvious ideological contradictions, united and launched the government. It would seem that the perfect completion of the story, especially considering that the parliament was on the verge of dissolution. But even here a problem arose, whose name is Vladimir Plakhotnyuk.
It is he who is the leader of the Democratic Party, which until recently was ruling in the country. It was he who received the deserved nickname «Moldavian puppeteer.» In public, he always spoke about European democratic values, but his deeds went against the words. He subjugated virtually all Moldovan government agencies. He is in the hands of law enforcement agencies and even the Constitutional Court, which more than once played up to him when it was necessary to remove the president from execution of powers in order to drag through a couple of unpopular laws. The terror of Plakhotnyuk could go on and on, but his insolence crossed the border. Speaking as a guarantor of the implementation of the European course of Moldova, he did nothing in this direction. Perhaps even the president of the country, Igor Dodon, being a more pro-Russian politician and less empowered, established more profitable interstate cooperation with Russia than almost all-powerful Plahotniuc with the West.
He cared only about his own skin, did just enough to throw his ardor into the eyes of external partners and enlist their support. But when this dust cleared, it became clear that Plakhotnyuk failed his goals. With this heavy burden of indignation of past patrons, he went to the parliamentary elections. He was not put on either in
Washington or in Brussels. Mobilizing the administrative resource, he was able to break into parliament, but what next? Despite its former power, the Democratic Party had no allies there except the Shore Party, whose leader was involved in stealing a billion dollars from the banking system. Here are just “Shore” has only 7 mandates, from which there is little confusion.
At the same time, the leader of the race, though not absolute, was the Party of Socialists — the sworn enemy of PDM. In the third place, as if surrounding the Democrats, the AKUM bloc had settled, whose leaders saw Plahotniuc’s revenge almost as their direct political task.
With such cards in their hands, the Moldavian puppeteer was forced to make a deal. The choice fell on the socialists. Although it is obvious that there was nothing to choose from. Plakhotnyuk put a lot on this union, because much more than just a right of political influence depended on it. And, as we know, he put in vain. Vlad Plakhotnyuk, who considered himself invincible, still lost. And at that moment when it was not expected at all.
At the end of last week, when the president spoke about the imminent dissolution of the parliament, the PDM organized a mass protest against such a decision. It is obvious that the re-election could play a cruel joke with the Democrats, depriving them of the second largest number in the legislature. But at that moment, when it became clear that the socialists and AKUM were uniting, the rhetoric in the ranks of the Democratic Party was drastically changed. Now they stand for the elections and even appointed them for September. How? These pseudo-democrats declared dual power in the country and only consider their government legitimate, although even the United States and the European Union recognized the new government.
Of course, the opinion of recent partners for Plakhotnyuk means nothing more. This situation is reminiscent of a scene from some crime drama, where the main thug, who enjoyed the whole movie with bloody money, finally turned out to be betrayed by everyone and being seriously wounded, he had to fight off the enemy alone. The outcome is already clear to all, the sentence has been passed long ago, but the agony does its job. This is exactly how Plahotniuc now looks. Throughout his career, he wanted to appear politicians, but remained a thief, a corrupt official and a criminal.
All this would be much more impressive if it were still about the film. However, this is life, and the whole country is at stake. The worst thing is that Plahotniuc is not so stupid as to not understand this. He, the Democratic Party and the bodies that supported the usurpation are now outlawed. All these politicians and bureaucrats have a “black list” or even a prison. And the instigator of the coup — the first in line. He will no longer find shelter in the West. In Russia, only criminal cases await him. Plakhotnyuk knows that he bought himself a one-way ticket, because he is trying to carry a whole country with him, discrediting it to the international community. It remains to hope only for balanced and constructive actions of the new government.