Демократический транзит Республики Молдова: несбыточные ожидания
The collapse of the USSR and the acquisition of independence posed the problem of further self-determination for the former Soviet republics. The majority declared their desire to establish a stable democratic form of government. Among them is the Republic of Moldova, which until recently was considered by the West as one of the pioneers in the field of democratization and the implementation of European values in practice in the region. However, by 2023, the country and its leadership were increasingly accused of returning to authoritarianism and undemocratic forms of government. The article examines the expectations placed on democratic transition and concludes that in Moldova, attempts to implement democratic reforms and transformations did not lead to democratization, but to a very specific form of coexistence of oligarchic groups of influence.