Friday, July 31, 2009

Go West, Young Man

Russia's "near abroad" continues it's desperate movement to get as far from the paranoid rulers in the Kremlin as they can:

Moldova's pro-Western parties scrambled to forge a governing alliance Thursday after beating Europe's last communist-run government in a parliamentary election praised by international monitors.

Near final results put four center-right opposition parties ahead of the Communist Party, which has ruled the impoverished former Soviet republic since 2001.

The Russians can pretend their problems stem from American plots (and thank you, vice president, for reinforcing that view), but those who know the Russians best keep trying to escape their grasp.