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In Eastern Europe, Russia's Influence Creeps West

Dec 13, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
In Eastern Europe, Russia's Influence Creeps West
The election of pro-Russian presidents in Moldova and Transdniestria could spur talks over the breakaway territory's political status forward.
(JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia is gaining ground in Eastern Europe as the West grows distracted by the problems arising inside its own borders. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in Transdniestria, the breakaway territory of Moldova where a recent presidential election led to a substantial political shake-up. In the region's Dec. 11 vote, incumbent President Yevgeny Shevchuk lost to parliamentary speaker and Moscow proponent Vadim Krasnoselski, who won 62 percent of the popular vote. Combined with the November election of a pro-Russia presidential candidate in Moldova, Krasnoselski's victory could spur movement in the ongoing stalemate between Chisinau and Tiraspol -- and in Russia's long-standing effort to increase its influence over its neighbors....

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