Territory in eastern Europe, ruled since 1991 by the Republica Moldova


Moldova - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova (Moldovan/Romanian: Republica Moldova) is a landlocked state in Eastern Europe located between Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south. It declared itself an independent state with the same boundaries as the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1991 as part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. On 29 July 1994, the new constitution of Moldova was adopted and the state of the Moldovan SSR ceased to exist. A strip of Moldova's internationally recognized territory on the east bank of the river Dniester has been under the de facto control of the breakaway government of Transnistria since 1990. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.99, Rank: 69, Personal Freedom: 7.27, Economic Freedom: 6.72, Democracy Index: 5.92
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.72, Rank: 99
Moldova | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 60, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 3
"Moldova experienced a significant political crisis in 2015, as the aftershock of a banking scandal and discord among parliamentary parties and prominent officials caused deep government dysfunction and stalled ongoing reform efforts. Details about a major fraud scheme involving three Moldovan banks continued to emerge during the year, implicating high-ranking public figures and leading to mass protests."