Moldovan president hails Soviet past
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||2 February 2009|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Moldovan president hails Soviet past, 2 February 2009, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/49904c602d.html [accessed 1 August 2014]|
February 02, 2009
Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin (right) with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
CHISINAU – In a speech devoted to the 650th anniversary of the first Moldovan state, President Vladimir Voronin glorified the country's Soviet history and lashed out at pro-Romanian Moldovans, saying they refuse to "grow up."
It wasn't until the country joined the Soviet Union in 1940 that Moldova evolved from a "rural province" of Romania into a modern state with a vibrant culture and economy, he said.
Moldova was part of Romania until it was annexed by the Soviets through the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact.
Moldova was established as an independent country after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Three broadly pro-Romanian political parties will run in April's general elections, but they are unlikely to beat Voronin's pro-Russian Communists, who lead in the polls.