The Hollow Men

Another day in the funhouse world that is Romania. First, the European Court of Human Rights has – yet again – ruled against Romania, this time for torturing people. From the ECHR: Romania committed several rights violations due to its complicity in CIA secret detainee programme. In today’s Chamber judgment, in the case the European…

The President of all Moldovans

For more than seven years, I’ve been proudly telling the world that I’m the king of all Romanians. Today, I had to laugh at the press statement released by Vadim Krasnoselsky, the president of the Nistrian Republic. My translation: In an interview given to the Russian news publication Izvestia, Krasnoselski declared that, ‘If it wasn’t…

How to Become the President of Moldova in 8 Easy Steps

Most of the world is probably rightly focused on the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump, but here in little old Moldova, Igor Dodon will officially become the president tomorrow (December 23). In case you’ve never witnessed such a spectacle, here is what it takes to officially become the president of Moldova: Win the election. The…

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…

Loan Shark

Word Count: 657 Brief background in case you’re just joining us: The Republic of Moldova (where I live) is a divided country, where some people speak Romanian at home and some people speak Russian. Likewise, politics are divided, with some groups wanting to join the European Union, and some groups wanting closer ties with Russia…

Confessions of a Deranged Russia Lover

WORD COUNT: 1231 Well folks, I’ve tried to hide it, minimize it, and evade all general questions on the subject. Unfortunately for me though, a few savvy readers of this site pierced through my veil of mystery and have now outed me. Therefore, I openly confess: I am a filthy R— lover Yep, the only…

Blowing Smoke

Word Count: 1810 It’s been an interesting week in Romania. What started out as a one-note story, that 27 people died in a fire at a club/disco soon morphed into wide-scale protests, and the “sudden” resignation of the Prime Minister (and a few other minor hacks). The Western media has been scrambling to knit these…