Moldova: Corruption from Kindergarten to Government

Veronica Dragalin, Head of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (PA), asserts that corruption is a systemic problem plaguing Moldova at all levels, from kindergartens to the highest echelons of power.

Dragalin emphasises that prosecutors and judges shouldn't be singled out as uniquely corrupt; rather, corruption is deeply ingrained in Moldovan society. "I'm sure almost everyone in this country has at some point had to bribe a doctor or someone at a kindergarten to get things done," she states, highlighting the pervasiveness of the issue.

Dragalin acknowledges that prosecutors and judges are not immune to corruption, and the PA prioritises tackling corruption within the system. However, she underscores that this doesn't imply inherent moral failings within the judiciary compared to the general population.

Looking towards positive developments, Dragalin cites the finalisation and prosecution of cases against former presidents, prime ministers, and deputies in recent years. These prosecutions, she argues, demonstrate progress made in combating corruption at the highest levels.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

Carolina Străjescu

Carolina Străjescu


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