Moldovan authorities declared the Soviet past “occupation”
September 17: Moldova’s Defense Minister said that the monuments of the Soviet “occupation,” Soviet tanks from the Second World War standing on pedestals throughout the country, should be removed.
On Wednesday, the Defense Minister of Moldova Anatol Şalaru oversaw the dismantling of a monument of the Soviet T-34 tank, standing on the pedestal of one of the military units in Chisinau.
Salaru told to reporters that the tank will be handed over to the Center of Military Culture and placed in the “Museum of the Soviet Occupation,” which will soon be opened.
Salaru also announced that he will appeal to the Ministry of Culture with a request to transfer to this museum all Soviet tanks standing in Moldova as the monuments to Soviet liberators.
“All the nostalgic can come to the museum [of the “occupation”]. Let them dream there, lay flowers and sing songs,” added Salaru.
Anatol Şalaru is a member of the right-wing radical Liberal Party, part of the ruling coalition in Moldova, which also includes the Democratic Party and the Liberal Democratic Party.
|Red Bloc of Moldova defends and protects the Soviet monuments from the far-right regime, as seen here on Aug. 24. Some of these activists are now in jail for protesting the oligarchic government.|
Moldovan buses and trains officially ban Russian language
September 17: Moldovan buses and trains have officially banned the Russian language. Minister of Transport and Road Infrastructure of Moldova Iurie Chirinciuc ordered the exclusive use of the Romanian language in the activity of the enterprises of the Ministry.
As stated in the order, all working meetings and conferences, as well as the materials of the secretariats of state-owned enterprises, public administrations, institutions, and joint stock companies created, subordinate or administered by the industry department, must be conducted in Romanian.
The same document states that in correspondence with international organizations, international languages will be used, including the Russian language. At the same time, all information, posters, press releases and other relevant information must be in Romanian.
All orders and regulations shall also be drawn up in the Romanian language, which must also be used for all correspondence between the above-mentioned institutions, as well as central and local government, public associations and NGOs.
Failure to comply with the order will be considered misconduct and will result in sanctions.