EDITORIAL: The Rich Flee the Country!

EDITORIAL: The Rich Flee the Country!
26 July 2021 | 11:18

On July 19, the Central Electoral Commission confirmed the results of July 11. A day later, the Constitutional Court announced that by the end of the week it will complete the procedures for validating the election results, in which the Action and Solidarity Party is recognized as the big winner (with about 53% of the vote), which must have control over Parliament and will be able to form of a single Government. On July 23, the Constituțional Court validated the election results. In the shortest possible time, the Action and Solidarity Party intends to start the big changes for a different Moldova, with a different government. “We may not have much of a vacation … We will work in August as well”, announced immediately after the elections the interim president of the winning party, Igor Grosu. “The first results of the parliamentary elections should be visible in a few weeks and months …”, President Maia Sandu also recently stated in an interview for the Kommersant (Russia). “The most important thing we need to do now is to do everything possible to change the face of the country and we can change the opinion of our country, first of all, of our citizens and, of course, of our foreign partners. We have already prepared several laws regarding the reform of the judiciary. The Parliament can vote for them even in the first sittings … In a few months, the most important institutions of the judiciary and the Prosecutor’s Office will be evaluated… And this will be a signal that the things changer,” says Sandu.

Bad news: the rich (thieves) are fleeing Moldova. Fearing that they will be able to fill the prisons, they decided to leave. They feel the danger like rats on ships threatened with a shipwreck. If until now, almost 30 years in a row, people left Moldova, forced by criminal government, to fill foreign countries and make money for their basic needs, now there are on leave those who all these years stole the country and now want to go and spend their money and wealth elsewhere, in comfort and peace. The Action and Solidarity Party with the bill on confiscation of assets probably disturbed them, ruined their comfort…

A few days ago, the controversial businessman Veaceslav Platon, the No. 1 raider in the CIS space, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in two criminal cases for corruption, fraud, and money laundering. According to the latest information, Platon is in Britain and intends to seek political asylum. His departure became possible after being acquitted in the bank fraud case (presumably without the involvement of the Attorney General, Alexandr Stoianoglo) and his ban was lifted from leaving Moldova. The fear made him run and the money paved his way to freedom. Would Platon have managed to escape condemnation and interdiction to leave Moldova if he had not had the money (millions or billions) he has? Prosecutor General Stoianoglo rejects the accusations that he knew about Platon’s departure and declares that if Platon does not return from abroad, he will be in an international search. And what it will solve? We have a precedent from 2019 with the fugitives Vlad Plahotniuc and Ilan Shor, searched internationally and not found by anyone. The Prosecutor General has an answer for this case as well. “If they return to Moldova, they will both be arrested and tried.” And what if they don’t return?

Platon left Moldova. Who’s next? Dodon with the entourage? Voronin with his red brigade from the communists? Shor with his people? All three hope to be able to hide, as before, behind parliamentary immunity, although the Action and Solidarity Party has announced in the open text the cancellation, until October 1, of this privilege, which has so far been a relief for corrupt deputies. Those left without parliamentary protection after July 11 are in even greater shock. There were reports in the public space that Vladimir Andronachi, a former Democratic Party deputy, accused of involvement in several corruption scandals, had sold his property and that he would move to Switzerland. And it is unlikely that he is the only one with the suitcase ready. How many will leave Moldova, how many will remain and how many will end up in în prison? Hard to say. People are waiting for the appointment of the Government and have high hopes for it. The Government’s quality matters. The fight against corruption cannot be the problem of just one party. Expectations in society are high, as were the electoral promises made by the Action and Solidarity Party. The left’s resistance will not be lower in the situation when their revenues will be reduced. It will not be easy. Problems in society have accumulated over at least 25 years, since the agrarians, years in which Moldova has degraded. And a government will not be able to change things if it is not legally assisted in its governance. Are prosecutors and judges ready to make a common front with the Action and Solidarity Party in the fight against corruption? Hard to say. The Action and Solidarity Party’s idea of evaluating prosecutors and judges scares them. More than 500 judges and more than 700 prosecutors will have to be evaluated. How many will resist the evaluation and how many will side with the fight against corruption? Our strategic partners, the US and the EU have expressed their solidarity with the Action and Solidarity Party and all their support for the reform and anti-corruption agenda. But a question remains: what do we do and how do we catch government thieves and bandits who, when they feel threatened, sell their fortunes, leave the country and settle in America, the EU, or elsewhere? Even if the press writes where they are, no one finds them. What is this? An undeclared pardon? Or maybe there’s no point in pretending that we search them? Or maybe if we search them, let us bring them back and judge them. And let it be an example for others.

AUTHOR MAIL

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