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Sunday, April 14, 2024

A Russian bank, Promsvyazbank, is to start paying money to thousands of residents of Gagauzia, an autonomous region in Moldova. The bank is effectively an arm of the defense ministry -- and therefore the Kremlin -- and is run by the son of a former senior Russian spy. It is sanctioned in the West.



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"Gagauzia is carefully chosen. It is in the south of Moldova and has a history of separatist sentiment. The Kremlin might well be hoping to stoke that (just as its spies have fueled unrest in the country as a whole) and so cause headaches for the pro-Western Moldovan government as the country approaches presidential elections by December.

There is nothing covert about this. Russia is acting in the open. Evghenia Gutul, the pro-Kremlin governor of Gagauzia, signed an agreement during her visit to Moscow, which stipulates that all pensioners and public sector employees in the region can apply for a monthly payment equivalent to $100 (in a country where the average pension is $220.)

According to the plan, 25,000 out of Gagauzia's 120,000 residents, who are mostly Orthodox Gagauz, a Turkic ethnic group, are eligible. The annual bill for the Russians would be about $30m."


That's a cheap way to buy a neighboring country... cheaper than paying Republicans in the US and hacking Dems emails.

'Specially since Ukraine isn't for sale... Vlad may have to save face with Moldovia.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2024-04-13 09:36 PM | Reply

Related? Or not?

A group of tech billionaires wants to build a new city in the middle of California farmland

... A group of tech billionaires and others is hoping to get residents in Northern California's Solano County to approve what backers hope amounts to a new city.

The project is called California Forever, and it aims to turn farmland into a medium density city that could grow to up to 400,000 residents in the future.

This isn't the first plan to build a new city in this part of the country. Microsoft's Bill Gates bought land in west Phoenix with the aim of building a smart city there. A few years ago, a tech billionaire announced plans for a new sustainable city to be built somewhere in the desert Southwest. And there are others.

The Show spoke with Greg Lindsay about the new California Forever proposal. He's an urbanist who's studied, written and spoken about cities for years. ...

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-13 09:48 PM | Reply

How many rubles did IAMRUNT cost?

#3 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-04-13 11:51 PM | Reply

Gagauzia? Are we just making up places now? What are you gonna do next, try to tell me Kalamazoo exists?

#4 | Posted by DarkVader at 2024-04-14 03:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Not to mention Cucamonga.

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-04-14 03:39 PM | Reply

Not to mention Cucamonga.

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-04-14 03:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

And your mom, Chupacabra.

#6 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2024-04-14 04:17 PM | Reply

Russia can't affordheat in winter for thwir own people but they are paying people in Moldovia? I'm sure their news media is pretending not to know about this. And just think Trump wants to bring the same dictatorship here

#7 | Posted by danni at 2024-04-15 07:36 AM | Reply

That's what russia does - stands up a group of russia supporters in a free country and then points to them to say "Look that country wants to be part of russia!"

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2024-04-15 07:24 PM | Reply

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