Conservative religious activists gather in Moldova

The annual conference of those who claim to be "defenders of the natural family" took place this September in Chisinau, Moldova. 

Claudia Ciobanu
Claudia Ciobanu NewsMavens, Central & Eastern Europe
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Why this story matters:

Movements against abortion, sexual education in schools or gay marriage are popping up everywhere around the globe in the last years.

They often depict themselves as "grassroots" efforts, or emanations of the national spirit. 

But the annual meeting of the World Congress of Families, which took place this year in Chisinau, Moldova, is just another confirmation that these movements are part of a coordinated global campaign to strike down individual rights. 

Details from the story:

  • The World Congress of Families has been taking place for well over a decade. It's a joint US-Russia initiative meant to bring together pro-family activists from across the globe to network and strategise. 
  • The Congress this year took place in Chisinau, hosted by Moldova's pro-Russian president, Igor Dodon. 
  • In previous years, the Congress took place in several locations across Eastern Europe, always with a strong Russian presence. 
  • Activists who ran successful campaigns to ban gay marriage or are fighting to limit abortion, are coming together to share tactics. U.S. neo-protestant groups have been a strong influence. 
  • The Congress this year was rumoured to be financed by Russian oligarchs close to the Putin administration. 
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