RISE INVESTIGATION: Leaked document from the Kremlin discloses Russia’s plan toward Moldova

A document leaked from the Kremlin’s presidential administration discloses Russia’s plan to bring the Republic of Moldova under its umbrella by 2030.

The act, which has not been made public, is called “The strategic objectives of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Moldova” and was created in 2021. Several key points of Moscow’s strategy have appeared, over the years, on the public platforms of some pro-Russian parties, but also in the speeches of some politicians, according to a RISE Moldova investigation.

“The document is an interesting one, but it shows that they are a step behind the general situation due to the war in Ukraine and due to the regional capacity of the EU countries and other international organizations to mobilize and face Russia’s intentions to achieve this”, Sergiu Diaconu, head of the office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, told us.

Against the background of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, the Government from Chisinau increasingly promotes the rapprochement of the Republic of Moldova with the European Union. Recently, the head of state also set a deadline for this goal. The year 2030.

This year – 2030, is also found in Russia’s strategy as the deadline for obtaining control over the Republic of Moldova and distancing it from the EU, NATO, and other partners.

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The document detailing Moscow’s strategy was obtained by RISE Moldova together with an international consortium of journalists including Yahoo News, Delfi Estonia, the London-based Dossier Center, the Swedish newspaper Exane Westdeutscher, Rundfunk and Norddeutscher Rundfunk, the Polish investigative station Frontstory, Belarusian Investigative Center and Central European news site VSquare.

The document comes from the same Presidential Directorate for Cross-Border Cooperation that produced a similar strategy regarding Russia’s plans to annex the Republic of Belarus. The strategy was developed in the fall of 2021, as was the strategy on Belarus, with the input of the General Staff of Russia and Moscow’s special services: FSB, SVR, and GRU. “There is a zero percent [chance that] these documents are fake,” according to the source who provided us with the documents.

The strategy was built on three spheres of influence: political and military, economic and humanitarian.

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