The EU loses its position despite the fact that it not only puts massive amounts of the aid to the country but pays a significant part of its budget. However, the public either does not know about this or believes that this is a bribing of Moldovan authorities by the EU bureaucrats as Russian propaganda sells this.
During the last decade, Moscow runs a relentless disinformation campaign in Moldova, but there are no signs of informing the public about EU assistance neither by the EU nor by the Moldovan authorities.
Comes to the ridiculous - the money paid by the EU for years for the construction and renovation of kindergartens, hospitals, and schools in Transnistria (not even in Moldova!) are attributed to Moscow and seen as Russian investment in the development of the estranged region.
Both the population in Transnistria and in Moldova are confident that this is Moscow's support for Transnistria as this is a region, officially recognized as the territory occupied by Russia and de facto is Russia's military outpost in this part of Europe.
That is why Moldovans want "more of Moscow" in Moldova and vote for Dodon, who promised to bring more of Russia's influence and Russian help.
Furthermore, having such success in Moldova and Transnistria Moscow tries to impose a similar model to the occupied territories in Ukraine. The logic is simple - if this irrational scheme works for Transnistria in Moldova, why not to impose the same scheme on Ukraine?
The "Transnistrian scheme" from the start was a model, which Moscow conceived as the basis for the Moscow's plan for Donbass. In fact, the Donbass military campaign is an artificial reconstruction of the Transnistrian model for Ukraine.
The Transnistrian model is exactly what provides the Minsk agreement - legalization of the Russian military base in Ukraine, assuring its funding by the Western donors with gradual "Transnistrisation" of the whole Ukraine as this happened in Moldova.