MOSCOW, June 3. /TASS/. The victory of Igor Dodon, the leader of the Socialist Party of Moldova, at presidential election may provoke mass protests similar to those that occurred in Chisinau in 2009, Transdniestrian deputy foreign minister Igor Shornikov said on Friday.
"According to polls, the pro-Russian candidate (Igor Dodon) should win at presidential elections in Moldova. It is likely that he will face the second round, but this victory will hardly be prevented," Shornikov said at scientific readings devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Institute of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries.
Shornikov added that this scenario is positive for Russia and is important for maintaining stability in the region. "However, over the last decades, the West has invested a lot of resources and means into making Moldova a controlled state. That’s why, in our opinion, there is a threat that in case of decisive victory of the pro-Russian candidate, ‘orange’ scenarios similar to those in 2009 will start to unveil in Moldova," he noted. Back in 2009, the Communist Party of Moldova that won at parliamentary elections was forced to give up its victory and hand power to the pro-European coalition, Shornikov reminded.
Presidential election in Moldova will take place on 30 October 2016.