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The Daily BeastFeb 19, 2019
As Elections Approach, Moldova's President Tries to Prove He's Putin's Mini-Me No More
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastCHISINAU, Moldova — The president of Europe's poorest country, Igor Dodon, played nervously with his rosary beads when he spoke about his relations with Moscow and Washington.

Parliamentary elections are coming up on Sunday, and right now the legislature is in the hands of what appears to be the pro-European Democratic Party. For Dodon to fulfill his ambition and become a true authoritarian leader like his friend Vladimir Putin, his Socialist party has to win on Sunday. But to achieve that Dodon is trying to convince the world — and Moldova's voters — that, really, he is not pro-Western or pro-Russian but neutral.

Few people believe that, and a great many will tell you that Dodon is just the tool of the Moldovan oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, who is also the de facto leader of the ruling Democratic Party.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Reuters PoliticsFeb 18, 2019
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to step down in March: official
Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. deputy attorney general who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign, is expected to step down by mid March, a Justice Department official said on Monday.
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