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Moldova: High gas prices force Criuleni residents to heat homes using branches and dung

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Moldova’s Criuleni residents have been heating their houses using branches, dry leaves and dung due to the high prices for gas and firewood, as seen on Friday.

One local said it is very difficult to keep oneself and the household going now as people have nothing to pay for gas and firewood. “Today people are really looking for ways to warm themselves, whether with wood or dung, just to get warm and to eat something,” resident Ruslan Dragoman said.

Dragoman considers that responsibility for this situation lies with the current government, adding that citizens need to get together and protest to draw the state’s attention to the energy crisis.

Another resident, Eduard Mikov, also noted the high cost of gas. According to the man, the monthly gas bill comes to two thousand lei (~112 USD).

A similar case can be seen with Evgeniya Gutsu, who said that her family can’t afford gas heating.

Earlier, on January 28, the National Energy Regulatory Agency of Moldova (ANRE) approved an increase in gas and heating tariffs. Both decisions went into effect retroactively as of January 1.

In October 2020, Russian Gazprom company signed a contract on gas supplies with the Moldovan side for five years, subject to an audit of Moldovagaz’s debt in 2022. According to the agreement, Moldova has to pay by the 20th of each month for the gas consumed in the previous month and half of the volume received in the current month.

SOT Evgeniya Gutsu (Russian): “There is no way to pay for gas because…We have this fireplace…And sometimes we turn it on [for] light and that’s it. We don’t have [money] for gas, heating…It’s expensive.”

SOT Eduard Mikov (Russian): “I am from Criuleni, we live in Criuleni, we rent this house and we use wood to heat it. We have firewood here, and we also heat our home with gas. I don’t know how to continue to live, the gas costs a lot, we have to pay two thousand lei per month. I don’t know what to do.”

SOT, Ruslan Dragoman, Local resident (Russian): “All the people live in a very difficult way. Gas, even firewood are very expensive for people, they have no money to buy it, they have nothing to pay for all this. Everything lays down on our authorities’ incompetence. The government should think about the citizens, they should come to an agreement about the gas, to reduce gas prices, because it is in their competence. Today people are really looking for ways to warm themselves, whether with wood or dung, just to get warm and to eat something. These are the main problems. Not some geopolitical problems, but our internal problems they [the authorities] need and have to solve. In order to do this, people have to understand that they have to go out to protest, they have to ask the state to make the state work for them.”

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