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Cristian Ghinea

About Cristian Ghinea

Cristian Ghinea is Director of the Romanian Centre for European Policies (CRPE), a Bucharest-based think tank. CRPE has a large portfolio of projects in areas like rural and regional development, anticorruption policies and Eastern Partnership. In 2012 CRPE launched a branch in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova.

Transnistria and Eastern Ukraine — any similarities?

During the civil war that followed Moldova’s independence 22 years ago, the central government in Chișinău launched an offensive to regain the territory held by the pro-Russian separatists. Without formally declaring war, however, Russia came out on top in this small conflict. Suddenly, entire Russian army battalions armed with tanks and heavy artillery stepped out as “volunteers” to fight against Moldova.

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