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2014 in Moldova


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Events in the year 2014 in Moldova.



Ongoing – Transnistria Conflict



  • 5 July – The Council for TV and Radio suspends the broadcast license of the Russian TV channel Russia-24 and places sanctions on four Moldovan broadcasters for lack of pluralism.[13]
  • 21 July – Russia further imposes a temporary ban on fruit imports including, but not limited to; apples, plums, peaches, and canned fruit, and restricts most imports of plant-products from the nation still in response to the ratification of the major free trade and political association agreement signed with the EU on 27 June.[14][15]
  • 5 August – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs unsuccessfully calls on Russia to remove the 1,500 troops and weapons they have stationed in the Transnistria region.[16]
  • 7 August – A 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) long convoy of farmers drives to the capital Chișinău in their farming vehicles to protest and make aware the financial plight brought on them by Moldova's EU agreement from 27 June and Russia's following fruit imports on the nation.[15]
  • 27-31 August: A farmers' market takes place at the National Square in Chișinău as a way to promote struggling agricultural workers during Russia's fruit bans on the nation, in what is described as a "largely symbolic" "publicity stunt" by Prime Minister Leancă by some media outlets.[15]
  • 24-26 November
    • 2014 Moldovan bank fraud scandal:
      • Three large Moldovan banks; Banca de Economii, Unibank, and Banca Socială, have more than US$1 billion extracted from them in the span of just three days.[17]
      • On 26 November, the three banks involved in the scandal file for bankruptcy, and are shortly after placed under special administration of the National Bank of Moldova.[17]
    • The Pro-Russia Homeland Party is banned from participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections by the Central Election Commission because of reported financial support from abroad. The decision is upheld by the Chisinau Appeals Court the following day.[18]
  • 27 November2014 Moldovan bank fraud scandal:
    • A van belonging to the Chairman of the Board of the Savings Bank of Moldova Ilan Shor transporting 12 sacks of bank files is stolen and burned.[19]
    • In a deal secretly made by Prime Minister Leanca, the three banks are bailed out with US$870 million in emergency loans covered from state reserves, which is equivalent to an eighth of the nations GDP.[17]
  • 30 November – The 2014 Moldovan parliamentary elections take place in the nation, with the Party of Socialists winning the most seats at 25 with 20.51 percent of the vote, with the Liberal Democratic Party coming in a close second with 23 seats and 20.16 percent of the vote.[20] The final results of the election on an international stage show that pro-Western parties have about a small 5 percent lead over the anti-Western parties in the nation.[21]
  • 9 December – After a successful police raid in the week prior, seven suspects who were arrested admit to having smuggled seven ounces of uranium valued at US$2.1 million and just over two pounds of mercury into the nation from Russia through the black market in the Transnistria region. Nationwide concern over the confession comes as the materials smuggled could be used to make dirty bombs, and if enriched, nuclear bombs.[22][23]


Winter Olympics

  • Two Alpine skiers representing the nation made it to qualifying positions on 20 January,[24] but did not qualify in the end after naturalized skier Mirko Deflorian withdrew from the team citing poor results.[25]
  • Two Cross-country skiers representing the nation made it to qualifying positions on 20 January.[24] The team was officially named on 22 January, but did not medal.[25]
  • Moldova qualified in the men's singles in luge when athlete Bogdan Macovei finished in the top 38 during the 2013–14 Luge World Cup. The team was officially named on 22 January.[25]

Other Events


See also


  1. ^ "Gagauzia Voters Reject Closer EU Ties For Moldova". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 3 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Illegal referendum organized in southern Moldova". 2 February 2014. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  3. ^ "NATO Secretary General and Moldovan Foreign Minister discuss stepping up cooperation". NATO. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  4. ^ Isabel Teixeira Nadkarni (27 February 2014). "Parliament gives green light to visa-free travel for Moldovan citizens". European Parliament.
  5. ^ "EU visa-free travel for Moldovans a step closer after European Parliament vote". The Sofia Globe. 27 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Mihail Formuzal şi Dmitri Constantinov au plecat la Moscova, unde urmează să semneze un acord" [Mihail Formuzal and Dmitri Constantinov went to Moscow, where they are going to sign an agreement]. (in Romanian). 25 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Moldova Country Profile". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Census in the Republic of Moldova, May 12-25, 2014". National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  9. ^ "US to offer financial assistance to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia". The Guardian. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  10. ^ Vdovii, Lina (26 June 2014). "Dorotcaia: the Moldova village caught between Russia and Europe". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  11. ^ Birnbaum, Michael (26 June 2014). "Russia pressures Moldova and Ukraine ahead of signing of E.U. Association Agreement". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  12. ^ a b Rettman, Andrew (3 July 2014). "Russia retaliates against Moldova's EU treaty". EUobserver. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  13. ^ "Moldova's TV Council Bans Rossiya 24 Broadcasts". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 5 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Russia imposes 'temporary ban' on Moldovan fruits". Euractiv. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  15. ^ a b c Puiu, Victoria (15 August 2014). "Moldova fights back against Russia's food bans". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  16. ^ "Moldova Asks Russia To Withdraw Troops". Radio Free Europe. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  17. ^ a b c Whewell, Tim (18 June 2015). "The great Moldovan bank robbery". BBC. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  18. ^ "Court Confirms Pro-Russian Party Excluded From Moldova Vote". Radio Free Europe. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  19. ^ Kottasova, Ivana (7 May 2015). "How to steal $1 billion in three days". CNN.
  20. ^ Documente şi Cifre cu privire la Alegerile Parlamentare de Legislatura a XX-a [Documents and Figures regarding the Parliamentary Elections of the 20th Legislature] (PDF) (Report) (in Romanian). Parliament of Moldova. 30 November 2014. p. 36. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  21. ^ Thorpe, Nick (1 December 2014). "Moldova election: Pro-EU parties edge pro-Russian rivals". BBC. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  22. ^ Hay, Mark (11 December 2014). "How Worried Should We be About Moldova's Recent Uranium-Smuggling Bust?". Vice News. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  23. ^ "Moldova Arrests Seven Suspected Of Smuggling Radioactive Material". Radio Free Europe. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  24. ^ a b "Summary of Quota allocation as per 20.01.2014" (PDF). FIS. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  25. ^ a b c "Four athletes to represent Moldova at 2014 Winter Olympics". Teleradio-Moldova. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
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