Private Eye, Moldova Style!

You know, sometimes you can learn a lot about a country by staying abreast of what’s going on in the news and being published on the internet. But sometimes you really need to actually live in a place before you can discover what it’s really like. Case in point is this amazingly cool business card…

The Theft of the Century

The other day, after briefly mentioning how Kroll’s second report is now a month overdue (with no information about when it will ever be released), I remembered that somewhere in my archives I had a copy of the original Kroll report from April 2015. It’s a rather long and “boring” document but it is written…

All About the Dude Who Got Arrested Climbing Cluj City Hall

You may or may not have heard about the recent late-night arrest that took place at city hall in Cluj after a man, rumored to have been piss drunk, climbed to the top of the scaffolding encasing the building’s elegant corner tower, which is currently undergoing restoration work. When I stepped into a taxi that same night, half-drunk and…

A Cheap Sacrifice

I see that the world media is enjoying this: In the first case of its kind since the end of the communist era in Romania, an appeals court in Bucharest has upheld a jail sentence against a prison commander convicted of crimes against humanity for the death of 12 political prisoners more than 50 years…

Brave Romanian Police Kinda Sorta Stop Some Pickpockets

I was minding my own business this morning, reading through this French report about the police breaking up a ring of pickpockets when I noticed something odd. Apparently, a group of Gypsies has been begging and stealing (pickpocketing) passengers on French trains as well as visitors to Disneyland Paris. 11 people were arrested, six of…

Kovesi Warns of Even More Prosecutions

It’s been interesting watching how Bloomberg has been reporting on Saint Laura‘s prosecuting juggernaut. First, they warned that her rampaging prosecutions were bad for business and then today they announce that the DNA is set to redouble its efforts to get a record number of prosecutions this year: Romania’s anti-corruption prosecutors are adding manpower and…

Cops Arrest Tourists for Taking Selfies in Front of Klaus House

So far it’s only in Romanian, but two tourists were arrested in Sibiu yesterday for taking selfies on a public sidewalk near President Johannis Klaus’s house. My translation: A man and a woman were arrested and taken to the Sibiu Municipal Police station last night at 7:00pm by a team of gendarmes. The personal information…

Writing Books to Get Out of Jail

After the issue garnered a ton of media attention around the world, the Romanian Justice Minister used her enhanced powers* to eliminate the “write a book, get out of jail more quickly” system: Romania says it is changing a law that allowed prisoners to reduce their sentences by writing books. Convicts could cut 30 days…

Cultural Suicide, Part 2

Word Count: 1358 Back in September, I wrote a post called Cultural Suicide, in which I generally welcomed the influx of migrants into Europe. A number of people disagreed with me, which is, of course, just fine. But when a much-publicized attack in Cologne/Koln happened on New Year’s Eve, a couple of commenters howled with…

The Bucharest Jaywalking Scam

Word Count: 803 Over the past month or so, the Unsleeping Eye has reported an uptick in foreigners being caught in a new Romanian scam. As far as I can tell, this is only happening in Bucharest, the chaotic near-lawless capital of Romania, where taxi drivers have single-handedly done their best to ruin foreigners’ first…