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Russian Television in Moldova: Winning Hearts and Minds

With blistering attacks on the west and extolling coverage of Russia’s head honchos, Russian TV channels are making inroads in Moldova’s media market.
 
In a 2011 film, the Marvel Comics character Captain America has a mission to stop the mastermind villain Red Skull from using an artifact called the Tesseract as a source of energy to dominate the world. Red Skull is a character depicted as the archenemy of Captain America, the patriotic super-soldier in the eponymous movie serial. Captain America is armed with a shield that is almost unbreakable. He uses it to fight his foes; and he always wins.
 
Substitute Captain America with the Russian president Vladimir Putin and Red Skull with a western country and you get a sliver of the Russian television diet in Moldova, an eastern European nation with a population of 3.5 million, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine.
 

Controversial Businessman Vlad Plahotniuc Buys Two More TV Stations in Moldova

Controversial entrepreneur Vlad Plahotniuc has gained control over two more media outlets, namely the TV stations CTC Moldova and Super TV, according to Agora.md. The deal was sealed at the beginning of 2016. The local broadcast regulator has confirmed that the deal was concluded.
 
CTC Moldova and Super TV were acquired by the company Real Radio, company owned by Dorin Pavelescu. Mr Pavelescu has business links with Mr Plahotniuc, according to a recent investigation from RISE. Mr Pavelescu is the head of the advertising agency Casa Media Plus, which is headquartered at the same address as  General Media Group, Mr Plahotniuc’s media conglomerate. General Media Group owns Public TV, Prime TV, Canal 2 and Canal 3.
 
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4 February 2016 By Victor Gotisan
 
 

Next Target for Moldovan Politicians: Occupy the Internet

Politicians meddling with the journalism business is not uncommon in Moldova’s media. But now, the battle to control dissenting voices moves online. The recipe used by politicians: buy existing and launch new digital media, infest the cyberspace with bogus sites and recompense the bloggers.
 
In the past couple of years, concentration of ownership in the Moldovan media has dramatically accelerated, which has had a harmful effect on independent journalism. The most popular, mainstream media outlets in the country have been engulfed by the conglomerate General Media Group, which belongs to Vlad Plahotniuc, a highly controversial politician and businessman, vice-president of the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM), according to ownership data from media experts. In the past, Mr Plahotniuc was accused of undue influence on Moldovan politicians. In neighboring Romania, he was investigated for using a fake identity on the Romanian territory. In 2012, Mr Plahotniuc was reportedly wanted by Interpol as he was suspected of “association with criminal groups, organized crime and money laundering.”