Natalia Morar

Natalia Morar

Location: Chisinau, Moldova
47° 1' 0.1812" N, 28° 50' 59.0712" E
Status: Released

Natalia Morar (Romanian: Natalia Morari, Russian: Наталья Григорьевна Морарь) (born 12 January 1984, Moldavian SSR) is a Moldovan investigative journalist for the Russian magazine New Times and a blogger. She was a permanent resident of Russia until she was expelled in December 2007, presumably for exposing corruption in Russia.

During Moldova's 2009 "Twitter revolution" she rose to fame as one of its most prominent leaders. On April 6, Morar and other activists organized a flash mob in front of the Parliament of Moldova, in relation to the Moldovan parliamentary election, 2009. They did this using social-networking tools such as Twitter. She expected no more than 300 people to show up at the flash mob, but as many as 10,000 came to the protest, including the leaders of the major opposition parties.

The following day, protests escalated into a civil unrest marred with violence. Morar said on her blog that she organized a peaceful protest and she was not responsible for the violence in the protests of the following days. During the protests she urged demonstrators to stop violence.

On April 9, Natalia Morar was officially charged by the Moldovan government with "calls for organizing and staging mass disturbances." Morar was put under house arrest for some time, but the ban was lifted after a couple of days.

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