If they are pro-western they are called magnates; if they are pro-Russian, they are called oligarchs. They seem to be detrimental to democratic governance either way.

The arrest of the former Prime Minister of Moldova, Vlad Filat, on Thursday, October 15th, has hardly appeased public opinion. They were not appeased by the resignation of the National Bank governor a month earlier.

Filat’s Liberal Democratic Party is one of the three pro-European parties supporting the Moldovan government. T...

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