Sport, Integrity, Tajikistan and Belarus: Call off Bets on Dictatorships

I wrote this piece for BNE Intellinews along with a further analysis for Emerging Europe to reaffirm my belief that by allowing sports matches to continue in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko is responsible for a public health disaster. Covid-19 has provided the smokescreen for further human rights violations to take place, in states which are alreadyContinue reading “Sport, Integrity, Tajikistan and Belarus: Call off Bets on Dictatorships”

Lukashenko’s Death Match

Here is one of several pieces I published last week on Alexander Lukashenko’s disgraceful stance on COVID19 epidemic for Emerging Europe. Recent news that Covid-19’s mass cancellation of sports fixtures has led gambling companies to offer bets on some of the only soccer matches still being played (in Belarus) is neither a wild-card punt forContinue reading “Lukashenko’s Death Match”

Moldova is being lost to Moscow: Analysis, U.S News and World Report

This is an excerpt of a lengthy analysis written with my colleague Olga Kousi for U.S News and World Report, about how a new regime in Moldova has seen the country turn away from Brussels and move instead towards Moscow. Christina Petru Ph. D, Olga L. Kousi, MPhil THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA was once the posterContinue reading “Moldova is being lost to Moscow: Analysis, U.S News and World Report”

Igor-nomics brings Moldova to the brink of disaster

This article was first published by BNE Intellinews on October 6th 2019. NR Investments Ltd, via Avia Invest, has since been forced to abandon its investments in the Republic of Moldova, following concerted pressure from President Igor N. Dodon. Moldovan President Igor Dodon has sought to rebrand himself as neutral between east and west andContinue reading “Igor-nomics brings Moldova to the brink of disaster”


With Ceban’s election in Chișinău, is a ‘Dodonarchy’ nigh? Christina Petru, Ph. D. Contributor, Emerging Europe. The following analysis was published November 5th 2019 by Emerging Europe On November 4 socialist Ion Ceban won the mayoral election for Moldova’s capital, Chișinău, with 52.39 per cent of votes cast – narrowly defeating his opponent Andrei Nastase, whoContinue reading “#FlashPointMoldova”