On the 7th of April, 2009, around 30,000 Moldovans watched as their parliament and the presidential building burned in what the international media would later call the first “Twitter revolution” when foreign journalists were not allowed to enter Moldova and protesters went to Twitter to inform the world about what was going on. Most of them were young people who were there to protest against what they saw as fraudulent elections won by the Communists Party. This generation would go on to enlist in pro-European parties, volunteer for various social causes and ask for repeat elections. (more…)
PRAGUE – Municipal officials have let the leases on their stalls expire, revoked their licences and imposed fines, but sausage vendors in the Czech capital’s historic centre refuse to go away.
Stepping out into the bustling Wenceslas Square tourists hear the noise of the crowd, drink in the medieval architecture of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and are followed everywhere by the pungent smell of pork frying in stalls just steps from the statue of the Republic’s patron Saint Wenceslas. (more…)
Documents obtained by RISE from Italy, Cyprus and Romania reveal that Minister of Transport Iurie Chirinciuc controls Cavio, an Italian furniture holding company, via a close family associate. Another set of documents shows how people who represented Chirinciuc’s interests were appointed deputy ministers in his ministry.
CAVIO HOLDING – ITALY
The Italian company Cavio SRL sells luxury furniture on three continents. Its major factory is located in the province of Verona in Italy. Cavio owns two commercial outlets in Italy, one in Moldova and six in Ukraine. Its furniture is sold in more than 30 countries through official dealers and permanent retailers. (more…)
Even though the directors of state-owned enterprises have a legal obligation to publish asset declarations, the administrators of gun shops avoided the law and have hidden their luxury villas, businesses and recent income from National Integrity Commission (NIC). The boss from Cartuș started completing his declaration just after we made some requests to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and NIC.
Cartuș is a gun shop owned by the MIA. According to their financial report for 2012, the company managed by Vasile Gondiu cashed 17.7 million lei from sales. (more…)
Tucked behind a main road in Chișinău, standing alone among a forest of of weed-covered paving slabs, is one of Easter Europe’s strangest buildings. The white buttress of the exterior rise from the ground like crooked teeth, while the domed roof resembles a medieval crown. The first clue as to what’s going on inside is the giant relief of two clowns dancing above the entrance. The interior’s snaking staircases and circular ceiling features gives the impression of a honeycomb, while the walls are covered in colourful frescoes depicting some of the world’s greatest performing talent, measured 13m in diameter.