(Moldova/Russia) Year 2020 in Review: The Scorched-Earth Political Strategy of the Pro-Russian Ex-President Dodon (Dumitru Minzarari, The Jamestown Foundation)

In a recent interview, the Russian president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov remarked that Moldova’s president Maia Sandu had more than enough domestic challenges demanding her attention than requesting the withdrawal of Russian military forces from the Transnistrian region (, January 5;, November 30, 2020). This statement contains two key messages—one direct and another implicit—that summarize well Moldova’s key developments in 2020 while hinting at what should be expected this year. ­