The US government announced, on Wednesday, imposing sanctions on nine people and twelve entities in an attempt to confront Negative influence and corruption campaign ‘regular’ from Russian Executive in Moldova. The Treasury said in a statement that among those punished were an oligarch “widely recognized for taking hostage and corrupting Moldova’s political and economic institutions and those serving as instruments of Russia’s global influence campaign”.
That campaign, according to the memo, «He seeks to manipulate the United States and its allies and partners, including Moldova and Ukraine.” Sanctions include the oligarch Vladimir Belhotnyuk, who led the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM), in power in the country between 2016 and 2019, which is characterized by abusing his control of the justice system and the main Moldovan media against him. To protect himself US officials point out that Russia has attempted to undermine democracy around the world through overt and covert operations.
The veto is also directed against Ilan Mironovich Shor, head of the Populist Party shorewas arrested in the past because of Money laundering and fees embezzlement Related to the 2014 theft of $1 billion from Moldovan banks. He was designated for his involvement with the aim of interfering “in an election in the United States or in another foreign government on behalf of or for the direct or indirect benefit of the Russian Executive.”
Among those who have been sanctioned, there are also Russian citizens such as the jurist and businessman Igor Yuryevich Chaika, who is accused of developing elaborate plans to undermine the President of Moldova, Maya Sandowand return Moldova to the Russian sphere of influence. The announced sanctions prove that Property and assets located in or under the control of the United States Affected individuals and entities have been blocked and must be reported to the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Any entity in which they have a direct or indirect interest of at least 50% is also banned.