Last week, embattled Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici announced the establishment of a fresh anti-corruption campaign, following mass anti-corruption protests in the country's capital of Chisinau earlier this month. Among his tasks will be to invite the former Georgian president, whom Gaburici stated has "great experience in conducting reforms."
Commenting on the Georgian president's possible arrival in Chisinau, NOI.md columnist Kseniya Floriya sublimated much of the criticism voiced in other Moldovan news outlets, stating that Saakashvili's visit is unlikely to do any good, and on the contrary, will only serve as a showpiece campaign for the country's EU donors, while temporarily raising the country's disillusioned pro-EU electorate and wasting precious government funds.
Following mass protests gathering up to 50,000 in central Chisinau earlier this month, Floriya also argues that Saakashvili, who is positioned as a true political and economic liberal opposed to "Moscow's imperial ambitions," is likely to be used to calm EU supporters disillusioned with the government's near total inability to tackle systemic corruption.
"A New Maidan? Large scale protest actions in Chisinau, in favor of the EU, but against corruption."
Commenting on Saakashvili's appointment to fight corruption in Ukraine earlier this year, Ukrainian politician social activist Viktor Medvedchuk noted that "this is a theater of the absurd in Ukrainian: a politician mixed up in a corruption scandal in Georgia is now planning to lead the fight against embezzlement and bribery in Ukraine." Now, Floriya argues, "Mikhail Saakashvili can also become the main fighter against embezzlement in Moldova as well…And naturally, he won't provide his 'analysis of the situation' and recommendations for free."
Noting that Saakashvili will be joining a "vast army of international bureaucrats" working for European funds dedicated to the battle against corruption, Floriya points out that many local experts, aware of conditions on the ground, have offered the government their anti-corruption recommendations for free.