20 May 2018

Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

Parties-Phantoms, Parties - State Institutions, Parties - State Enterprises


20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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Vlad Plahotniuc: „I got acquainted with Voronin at Cotroceni"

The Moldovan businessman, Vlad Plahotniuc, who spoke for the first time on the TV channel „Prime", about whom the media wrote he was the sponsor of PCRM, stated he is not a member of this political faction and that he met the communist leader Vladimir Voronin in Bucharest, at Cotroceni Palac.
DECA-press, 28 May 2010, 11:40

I met President Voronin in 2002, in Cotroceni. Plahotniuc said the Romanian ex-president Iliescu was the one to introduce him to Voronin. Plahotniuc was assigned director of „Petrom Moldova".

During the program „Seara tarziu" (Late at night) on TV „Prime", Plahotniuc stated he knew the son of the former president too - Oleg Voronin, but they do not have joint business.

Referring to the main political leaders of Moldova, Plahotniuc says he knows Marian Lupu (PD leader) since the time he was Minister of Economy. "I have recently met Lupu better due to media", Plahotniuc said. He added he thinks Lupu is a perspective politician. „I appreciate Mihai Ghimpu (PL leader) for his honesty in politics", Plahotniuc specified, saying he met him 11 years ago. I met Serafim Urechean (AMN leader) when he was mayor of Chisinau. Ex-president Iliescu introduced him to me, Plahotniuc said. „I know Vlad Filat (PLDM leader) well for he is a businessman like me", Vlad Plahotniuc said.

The businessman Vlad Plahotniuc denied the rumor according to which he was a relative of the prosecutor general Valeriu Zubco. He also said that, beside Moldovan citizenship, he has also the citizenship of another state and his own airplane.

During the program, Plahotniuc joked a lot and quoted Niccolo Machiavelli.

Pahotniuc does not consider himself rich, he is just a successful businessman. Plahotniuc stated he still lived in the block of flats, worked 16 hours per day and did not have a vacation over the last ten years.

The businessman also said he was born in Grozesti, Nisporeni, in a family of teachers with six children. He graduated from the village school with golden medal and graduated from two faculties.

Vlad Plahotniuc said he had business in four areas: petroleum, banking, media and hotel.

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