Moldova dismantled a Russian intelligence network that sought to destabilize the government amid protests

Those detained by the Moldovan police sought to incite violence in the context of protests against the Government (AP Photo / Aurel Obreja) (Aurel Obreja /)

The Moldovan Police dismantled a network of criminal groups that sought to destabilize the country using opposition anti-government protests, and that It was created with the support of Russian intelligenceas stated this Sunday by the entity at a press conference.

“The Police obtained operational data on the preparations carried out by the Russian intelligence services to carry out destabilizing actions in Moldova, planned during the opposition protests,” said the head of the National Police, Viorel Cernăuțeanquoted by Agora.

According to the police authorities, first 25 alleged participants in the network were arrested, and then another seven, who are currently collaborating with the investigation.

Cernăuțean estimated that around 10 groups made up of between five and ten people were created, specially prepared for destabilizing actions, which they would be coordinated by an unidentified person from Russia.

The information was obtained thanks to a police agent infiltrated in the network.

According to Cernăuțean, the detainees had the intention of expanding throughout the country through the creation of a dozen additional cells in the pay of Shor’s partythe Socio-Political Republican Equality Movement.

The group of detainees in Moldova was created by Russian Intelligence (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin photo shared via AP)
The group of detainees in Moldova was created by Russian Intelligence (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin photo shared via AP) (Mikhail Metzel /)

Each of those arrested would have received a payment of almost 10,000 euros to carry out this mission, as explained by the police chief. When organizing these groups, the leaders would have contacted a Russian citizen who would have entered Moldova with a false passport.

The day before, law enforcement officials warned that during the protest this Sunday there is the possibility of destabilization actions and mass disorders.

The opposition, and especially the pro-Russian Shor party, claimed that the protest was peaceful in nature and returned the charges to the police, noting that law enforcement officers had tried to intimidate the activists by threatening to open criminal cases and with searches. in all the country.

For several months the Moldovan opposition has been marching every weekend against the president’s policy, Maia Sanduwhich has led to an increase in gas and electricity rates, and against possible involvement in the armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine.

These protests added a new episode this Sunday, when hundreds of people gathered again in the capital, Chisinau, while the security forces have confirmed at least four bomb warnings, under investigation, which they consider to be part of the destabilization acts mentioned. .

Moldovan President Maia Sandu in Chisinau (AP Photo / Aurel Obreja)
Moldovan President Maia Sandu in Chisinau (AP Photo / Aurel Obreja) (Aurel Obreja /)

In fact, one of these alerts was declared around noon at the Chisinau International Airport, according to a police statement collected by the Moldovan portal. Publika.

Airport staff and travelers were evacuated from the building and the passenger registration procedure has been temporarily suspended while the Specialized Services of the Ministry of the Interior investigate the place.

The Border Police have confirmed receipt of a bomb notice at 12:50 p.m., which led to the mobilization of the security forces. It has finally been proven that the four bomb threats this Sunday were false and that they were made by the same person under the pseudonym Marin Sandu.

(With information from EFE and Europa Press)

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