NewsThe Wagner Group was preparing an attack in a European country. Prigozhin had a plan

The Wagner Group was preparing an attack in a European country. Prigozhin had a plan

President Maia Sandu in the company of President Volodymyr Zelensky.
President Maia Sandu in the company of President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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6:23 AM EDT, October 7, 2023

"Yevgeny Prigozhin and his Wagner Group wanted to stage a coup in Moldova", president Maia Sandu told the "Financial Times". The Russians' plan fell through, but that doesn't mean Moldovans can rest easy. Moscow wants to regain control in Chisinau.

Moldova's President Maia Sandu admitted that in February, Russians wanted to carry out a coup in Moldova. "Evgeny Prigozhin planned to use his mercenaries at the beginning of the year to direct events in the small country in such a way as to find itself in Russian hands", she informed in an interview with "Financial Times".

According to Maia Sandu, the Russian Federation had a plan prepared by Prigozhin's team. Anti-government protests were supposed to take an unexpectedly "brutal" turn and bring about the overthrow of the government and the president. In their place were to appear people who would act in accordance with the interests and at the command of the Kremlin. This plan did not succeed.

Wagnerians were supposedly exploiting citizens from various countries, not only Russians.

Maia Sandu admitted as early as spring that a coup was near. Documents relating to Russian plans for destabilization of the country came from the Ukrainian authorities, as well as from western intelligence agencies. They were supposed to be detailed, even describing logistical aspects of Wagner Group's "special operation" in her country.

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Evgeny Prigozhin and his staff outlined a precise plan, logistics, and targets. They wanted to bring Russians, Belarusians, Serbians, or Montenegrins to Moldova with plans of using them to carry out a coup. The use of "certain internal forces" was also planned.

We're speaking here of a pro-Russian opposition party Sor, some former military personnel and officers of law enforcement structures, people affiliated with the oligarch and formerly influential politician Vlad Plahotniuc. Support is also said to have come from the separatist Transnistria, where the Russians have their army.

The Russians still want to overthrow the authorities in Chisinau. In the fall, local elections will be held in Moldova, and Russia is targeting local elections in order to buy the votes of some voters and change the power in this way. Maia Sandu believes that Russia will increase pressure on her country.

Russia has already tried once to overthrow the pro-European government in Chisinau and install pro-Russian forces in power. According to President Maia Sandu, the Kremlin will certainly make another attempt. In August, Moldova made the decision to expel 45 Russian diplomats from the embassy in Chisinau. According to the authorities, these were agents who were supposed to conduct hostile actions against the country.

According to Russian propaganda, it is Moldova that aims for a "hard confrontation" with Russia. Both countries are arguing over Transnistria, a region loyal to the Russians, even though Moldova considers it part of their country. For this purpose, not only Chisinau but also Kiev, as Russia tries to convince the public, are spreading "lies" about attempts to destabilize.

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