Moscow-Chisinau: Who won World War II?
Russian medias speak out against Moldovan acting president, Mihai Ghimpu. What’s wrong? His statement that he won’t go to the 65th anniversary of the Russian victory against German troops in 1945. “How can I take part in this parade, next to the army which brought us communism, and which organized famine, and deportations to Siberia?” said Ghimpu. « We would be very grateful to Moscow if the war had only ended fascism, but it also imposed a communist regime by force in our country, and Russia still maintains troops on our teritory, ».
It cast a chill over bilateral relations. The Moldovan communist Party (PCRM, loser of last elections, in July 2009), resumes its favorite argument, (which had been used many times during the electoral campaign last summer): the pro-European coalition that wanted “to collapse the Republic by unifying Romania and Moldova”, proves it has “more compassion for losers than for the real hero in unprecedented battles against fascism”. To understand what it hides behind this sentence, Radio Liberty makes an historical assessment:
The territory of today’s Moldova, which was part of a greater Romania from 1918, was annexed by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. During the war, many Moldovan soldiers fought both with the Soviets and in the army of Romania, which was initially an ally of Nazi Germany. Those who served in the Romanian Army were considered « enemies of the people » during the Soviet period.