Those detained by Moldovan police sought to incite violence amid anti-government protests (AP Photo/Aurel Obreja)

Moldovan police dismantled a network of criminal groups that sought to destabilize the country using the opposition’s anti-government demonstrations, and that It was created with the support of the Russian secret serviceas the entity said this Sunday during a press conference.

“The police obtained operational data on the preparations made by the Russian intelligence services to carry out destabilizing actions in Moldova, planned during the opposition demonstrations”, declared the head of the national police, Viorel CernăuțeanQuoted by NOW.

According to the police authorities, the first 25 alleged participants in the network were arrested, then seven others, who are currently collaborating in the investigation.

Cernăuțean estimated that about ten groups consisting of five to ten people were created, specially prepared for destabilizing actions, which they would be coordinated by an unidentified person from Russia.

The information was obtained thanks to a police agent who infiltrated the network.

According to Cernăuțean, the detainees intended to spread throughout the country thanks to the creation of a dozen additional cells in the pay of Shor’s partythe Socio-Political Movement for Republican Equality.

The group of detainees in Moldova was created by the Russian secret service (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin photo shared via AP)
The group of detainees in Moldova was created by the Russian secret service (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin photo shared via AP)

Each of the arrested would have received a remuneration of nearly 10,000 euros to carry out this mission., as explained by the chief of police. During the organization of these groups, the leaders allegedly contacted a Russian citizen who entered Moldova with a false passport.

The day before, law enforcement officials warned that during the demonstration this Sunday, there was the possibility of destabilizing actions and mass disorder.

La oposición, y especialmente el partido prorruso Shor, aseguraron que la protesta es de charácter pacífico y devolvieron las acusaciones a la police, al señalar que los agents del orden habían intimidar a los activistas por medio de amenazas de abrir causes penales y con registros in all the countries.

For several months, the Moldovan opposition has marched every weekend against the president’s policy, Maia Sanduwhich has led to higher gas and electricity prices, and against possible involvement in the armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine.

These protests added a new episode this Sunday, when hundreds of people gathered again in the capital, Chisinau, as security forces confirmed at least four bomb warnings, under investigation, that they consider to be part of the aforementioned acts of destabilization. .

At the home of Moldovan President Maia Sandu in Chisinau (Photo AP/Aurel Obreja)
At the home of Moldovan President Maia Sandu in Chisinau (Photo AP/Aurel Obreja)

Indeed, one of these alerts was declared around noon at Chisinau International Airport, according to a police statement collected by the Moldovan portal. Audience.

Airport staff and travelers have been evacuated from the building and the passenger check-in procedure has been temporarily suspended while the specialized services of the Ministry of the Interior investigate the scene.

Border Police confirmed receipt of a bomb notice at 12:50 p.m., which led to the mobilization of the security forces. It has finally been proven that the four bomb threats of this Sunday were false and that they were made by the same person under the pseudonym of Marin Sandu.

(With information from EFE and Europa Press)

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