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The Times: Russia’s plot against Moldova is being steered from Britain by a former Moldovan police chief

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A report prepared for the British Ministry of Diplomacy shows that the Russian plot against Moldova is controlled from Great Britain by a former commander of the Moldovan police with ties to the Kremlin.

A Russian plot to overthrow a democratic government Moldova is controlled from the UK by former Moldovan police chief Gheorghe Cavcaliuc with links to the Kremlin, according to a report prepared for the British Foreign Ministry and quoted by The Times.

The findings contained in the report obtained by the London daily were confirmed by the Moldovan government, which also announced that it had requested the extradition of Cavcaliuc.

The former police chief amassed a large fortune and left Moldova for the UK in 2020 as the pro-Western and anti-corruption former prime minister became president Maya Sandu. Cavcaliuc was associated with the pro-Russian former head of state Igor Dodon, the Times writes.

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President of Moldova Maia SanduPAP/EPA/DUMITRU DORU

representative on Monday Russia in separatist Transnistria, he called on the Kremlin to send thousands of Russian “peacekeepers” to Moldova. In February, Russian MP Sergei Mironov called for an extension being rolled on Ukraine of war also on Moldova, reports the Times.

Sandu’s government, meanwhile, said it had received intelligence showing that “the Kremlin wants to carry out a coup d’état and a military operation to take control of the airport in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau.”

According to the spokesman of the Moldovan government, Radu Marian, Cavcaliuc “plays the main role in this intrigue and his people, in cooperation with the Russians, organize anti-government demonstrations” to undermine Sandu’s position.

Anti-government protest in MoldovaDUMITRU DORU/PAP/EPA

Moldova wants to extradite Cavcaliuc

In April, a group of Moldovan MPs visited the UK to seek Cavcaliuc’s extradition. The delegation was received by Tobias Ellwood MP, chairman of the House of Commons defense committee, who said it was “amazing” that the government had not yet taken a decision on the matter.

“If we are serious about our support for European democracy, we cannot limit ourselves to Ukraine,” said Ellwood.

The Home Office said it was its traditional policy “not to confirm or deny information that he has received an extradition request”.

Russia is destabilizing Moldova

Inhabited by over 2.6 million people, Moldova, considered the poorest country in Europe, became one of the main destinations for Ukrainian citizens to flee after the war broke out.

One of the more serious problems Chisinau is facing is Transnistria – a separatist region in the eastern part of Moldova, de jure belonging to this country.

In fact, it is a Russian-backed self-proclaimed state with its capital in Tiraspol, recognized only by two other political entities, which are not recognized by almost anyone – Abkhazia and South Ossetia on the territory of Georgia. Several thousand Russian troops are stationed in Transnistria.

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