Being dominated by agriculture, it has been more
vulnerable than any other post-Communist country. While the EU was
protectionist at the outset, today Russia is the main culprit. The EU
share of Moldova’s exports increased from 35 percent in 2000 to 51
percent in 2011, while Russia’s share plummeted from 45 percent to 20
According to Freedom House, Moldova is the freest and most democratic
post-Soviet country. The Communists ruled for many years, but its
current government is a democratic center-right coalition.