February 22, 2024

Fugitive pro-Russian Moldovan businessman Ilan Shor, accused of voter manipulation, has returned to Israel, an Interpol official said. Shor, who was sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison, has been organizing protests from Israel and demanding the resignation of Moldova’s pro-European President’s government. His party was outlawed, and authorities barred his allies from running in the local elections. Moldovan officials accused Shor of channeling around 50 million euros into Moldova for voter manipulation. Shor’s whereabouts are currently unknown, but Interpol member-states have been asked to report if he is on their territory. Additionally, Moldova’s President has denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and accused Moscow of plotting against her as she campaigns for Moldova’s European Union membership. Russia, on the other hand, dismisses these allegations.