Fiodor Ghelci: Moldovan state does not protect its own citizens


The public association "Moldova mea" chairman, Fiodor Ghelici, believes that Moldovan citizens are not protected by state authorities, not even by the president. The activist made the statements in the context of the story of a female citizen of the Republic of Moldova, who gave birth to her son in Sevastopol, Crimea, and cannot receive documents in the Republic of Moldova.

In an IPN press conference, Fiodor Ghelici said that the woman gave birth to the baby in June, 2019. She was issued a birth certificate by Russian authorities at the maternity hospital in Sevastopol. Afterwards, based on the birth certificate, she received a temporary passport, valid until November 7, at the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Russia. Once she arrived with the child in Moldova, the woman contacted the Public Services Agency in order to receive a passport and a birth certificate. However, the documents issued by Russian authorities were refused on the grounds that the little boy was born in an unrecognized republic. Fiodor Ghelici said that he will send President Igor Dodon a letter regarding the incident, because the head of state should grant protection to the country's citizens.

Eugenia Rupa, the protagonist of this story, has another two-year-old child in Sevastopol, whom she cannot visit because she has no documents for the younger child. The woman said that she went to the Public Services Agency in Nisporeni with the intention of receiving a Moldovan birth certificate and a passport for the child, however, at the agency, she was told that the birth certificate issued by the Russian authorities cannot be accepted as long as Crimea is not internationally recognized as part of Russia. Eugenia Rupa added that ASP employees suggested to admit the child to the orphanage.

Nicolae Parcevschi, a psychologist, said during the same press conference that these actions violate human rights and are a diplomatic nonsense. The case will be reported to international and national human and child rights organizations and to President Igor Dodon "so that he can take a clear position in the diplomatic relationship with Ukraine, Russia and Crimea".

Conference participants said that they will contact the Prosecutor's Office and the Parliament in order to receive explanations regarding the situation.