Red Bloc: No crime of the Moldovan oligarchs will be overlooked

Statement of the political party Our Home is Moldova (Red Bloc)

The political party Our Home is Moldova (Red Bloc) expresses its categorical protest against the corrupt courts of the Republic of Moldova, which ignore the guarantees of European officials for the release of the Petrenko Group political prisoners. Red Bloc activists call on all foreign diplomats and concerned citizens to support our comrades.

At mass protest in Chisinau, January 24, 2016.
Photo by Alina Rutich
When law enforcement agencies, controlled by oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, jailed peaceful protesters, including leaders and activists of the party Our Home is Moldova — Grigory Petrenko, Alexander Roshko, Pavel Grigorchuk, Mikhail Amerberg, Andrei Druz, Oleg Buzni and Vladimir Zhurata — the Republic of Moldova received another “opportunity” to appear in a bad light to foreign governments. The reverberations of this case have been felt not only by the Moldovan public. It prompted a firm response and indignation from prominent members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and members of the European Parliament.

The regime’s actions are alienating everyone, except the judges, who by law should be models of impartiality and integrity. The “consideration on the merits” of the political prisoners’ case was delayed for months, the prosecution has still not clearly formulated its case, and the demonstrators, including honorary member of PACE Grigory Petrenko, remain in detention without a shred of evidence. Not to mention the repeated examples of pressure put on the political prisoners at Penitentiary No. 13.

Representatives of the European Community expressed their willingness to vouch for the political prisoners of the Petrenko Group, and petitioned for their release from custody, return to their families and friends. Such a development has no precedents in Moldova. How did the Themis of Moldovan justice respond? With neglect, insults, and disregard.

Corrupt judges and police thus serve politicians and oligarchs who proudly call themselves supporters of European integration. What happened in Chisinau is a good indicator of how the powers-that-be regard Europe and its values. The principles of freedom and democracy, the rule of law and justice — all this is alien to the Moldovan “euro-integrationists.” Does Europe need such dubious allies?

We would like to draw the attention of all foreign friends, representatives and observers to the fact that in the center of Europe, in the 21st century, there is the totalitarian regime. Moreover, this regime is not hiding its true face from anyone. No crime committed by the oligarchs who’ve captured the Moldovan state will be overlooked; they must receive their just deserts.

FREEDOM for the Petrenko Group!

January 27, 2016
Translated by Greg Butterfield

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