Two pro-Russian parties in Moldova have given their support to anti-government protesters demanding a probe into the disappearance of up to $1.5 billion from three Moldovan banks last year.

A hundred tents have been erected in a main square and a few hundred people protested Tuesday, two days after tens of thousands called on the government, the central bank governor, the general prosecutor and others to resign.

Socialist Party leader Igor Dodon and the leader of Our Party, Renato Usatii, called on Moldovans to join the protest "regardless of nationality or political preference."

The state-owned Savings Bank, the Social Bank and Unibank, where the money disappeared before the November 2014 parliamentary elections, were put under the National Bank of Moldova's administration in December. Losses were covered by state reserves