At the stage of fermentation: election results can change Moldova / Izvestia
Moldova’s parliamentary election results could drastically change both the internal and external development trajectories of the country. This may be instrumental in the return to Russia of RUB 37 billion that was illegally siphoned off by oligarch Vladimir Plakhotnyuk, politicians and experts told Izvestia. Literally two days before the vote, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs accused Vladimir Plakhotnyuk, the leader of the Democratic Party, of illegally moving RUB 37 billion out of Russia. The Ministry alleged that Mr. Plakhotnyuk was the leader of a crime syndicate engaged in siphoning off funds under what is known as the ‘Moldovan scheme’. Another possible key figure in the scheme, according to the prosecution, is Moldovan businessman Vyacheslav Platon, who in 2017 was sentenced to 18 years in prison for embezzlement and money laundering.
In an interview with Izvestia, Andrei Gusev, Managing Partner of Borenius Russia, shared his views on how events could unfold and whether the illegally removed funds might be returned to Russia.