At this point even Moldovans rebelled: "You steal everything from us! You stole a billion dollars of our money from the banking system just last year! Can you please at least leave us the Christmas tree? How much money are you really going to make on that one? You have all of your families living in unimaginable luxury on the banks of Geneva lake where you fly your private jets twice a week. Why can't you leave alone those pennies budgeted for the Christmas tree for our kids whose future you stole?".
The mayor (she is unelected by the way, they put the elected mayor in prison and just appointed one of their own) got scared of the outcry and assured everyone that they would find more (of people's) money to fix this quickly. And they did find more (of people's) money and got this one to the central square the next morning:
The tree was fine but already the same evening it became clear that it was cut and stolen from one of the local kindergartens at night instead of buying the tree as was planed so that someone could pocket that additional money as well. The kindergarten had that tree decorated for the kids every year for decades.
This is all you need to know about this place and this is why I did this (see here).