Interview

MARK TKACHUK: INCUMBENT MOLDOVAN PARLIAMENT CAN MAKE ONLY ONE POLITICAL EXERCISE – SELF-DISSOLUTION

09 june, 2020
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Infotag’s interview with Mark Tkachuk, a member of the Executive Committee of the Collective Action Party “Civilian Congress”, about the events that happened a year ago and about their consequences for Moldova.

Q: Mr. Tkachuk, how do you assess the events of June 2019 and subsequent developments?

A: One year ago, Moldova’s external political partners – Russia, the United States and the European Union – tried in earnest to help our country. Together. I am not sure that there was kind of an obvious coordination in their actions. Actually, such coordination was not particularly needed. The Moldovan political regime was so disgusting that a consensus was easy to achieve. The Plahotniuc system was causing a squeamish-fastidious attitude both in the West and the East. So, everything was passing over in silence. Dmitry Kozak came to Chisinau and outlined publicly the goals – a Right-Left coalition, de-oligarchization of the country, a democratic election. Under a joint Western-Eastern pressure, without fussing around a ‘soft power’, such a coalition was quickly formed. The European Union and Russia recognized it. One week later, U.S. Ambassador Dereck Hogan forced Plahotniuc to capitulate.

That was a rare-most instance of international consensus between the collective West and Russia. Seventy-four years after the epochal meeting of Soviet and American troops on the Elbe River, the Elbe Day, there happened ‘a little picnic on the Dniester’.

And all achievements in fact ended on that. The coalition indeed adopted a “Declaration on a Captured State”, but it’s not clear until now – what for? The Declaration failed to become a long-awaited legal act, from which Moldova was to start its self-cleansing of the oligarchic heritage – from the criminal group called the DPM to the judiciary system, including the Constitutional Court.

Without Plahotniuc, everybody started to feel and breathe better. But all what happened afterwards – the stupid and fussy country governance by the coalition and its collapse, the formation of a new governing coalition, the Socialists’ and the Right parties’ flirting with fragments of the Democratic Party – confirmed a severe truth: political dependants are incapable of country governance.

They are a product of the Plahotniuc’s electoral system. They – the Rights and the conventional Left – turned out to be incapable to go deep into the nation’s systemic problems. A progressing poverty, backwardness in education and in public health, the country’s infrastructural decay – all these are things that do not concern Maia Sandu, or Igor Dodon, or Andrei Nastase – whatsoever.

Q: Can the incumbent Parliament return to the Declaration on the Captured state?

A: This Parliament is fit for only one political exercise – for a soonest-possible self-dissolution. One should not forget that this Parliament is the product of the Plahotniuc’s illegitimate mixed election system. The forum’s political proportions and factions are not a voters’ choice, but the result of the play of soldiers on Plahotniuc’s table.

Q: What lessons can we learn from the coalition’s collapse notwithstanding the citizens’ support?

A: Only one lesson. Nobody, neither Russia nor the West can do our homework instead of us. They helped us. They saved our home from a gangster. But to wash the floor, cleanse toilets, do other home work and find common language with one another is a job for nobody but us.

One year ago, the Moldovan society really saw a glimpse of hope, but presently there is practically no such hope. And this is on the conscience of those who received the state power on June 8, 2019 just as a present.

Infotag: Thank you very much for the interview, Mr. Tkachuk.

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