Moldova torn between Russia and West in presidential run-off In the first-round vote earlier this month, pro-European Maia Sandu won a surprise victory. Defeat for ‘Trumpian’ populist as Moldova leader loses electionMs Sandu will become Moldova’s first female leader, winning election on a liberal, anti-corruption platform, overcoming dirty tricks by her opponent Pro-EU Sandu becomes Moldova’s presidentOpposition candidate defeated the Russia-backed incumbent. Maia Sandu, a reformist ex-prime minister, becomes presidentMoscow’s man is out Maia Sandu on track to win Moldova’s presidential runoffPreliminary results show opposition candidate ahead with 57 percent of the vote over incumbent Igor Dodon’s 44 percent. Moldova: Maia Sandu wins vote, beating Russia-backed competitorPutin-backed Dodon concedes after the presidential election results were published, congratulates Sandu. News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend - The Moscow TimesMoldova elections. Belarus protests dispersed. Nagorno-Karabakh exodus. Moldova votes in presidential run-off voteThe contest between the pro-European candidate and one backed by Moscow is expected to be close.