Domestic and Geopolitical Factors: Moldova as a CIS Case Study

Chapter

Abstract

Chapter 7 shows the importance of small state agency within the CIS using the case study of Moldova. The tiny post-Soviet republic is marked by poverty, corruption, state capture, the frozen conflict of Transnistria, and the failed frozen conflict of Gagauzia that was almost reignited during the 2014 Ukrainian crisis. Moscow has made considerable efforts to bring it within its sphere of influence. Paradoxically, it has failed because of the strong pro-EU attitude of the corrupt and highly unpopular oligarch in control of the Moldovan Parliament and government. But in response to his undemocratic practices, the electorate has become largely pro-Russian. A Kremlin-friendly President was elected and might also win the 2018 parliamentary elections.

Keywords

Moldova Russia Frozen conflict State capture Commonwealth of independent states Sphere of influence 

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  1. 1.Political Science DepartmentUniversity of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

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