Moldova: oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc in London?

11 July, 2019

The Russian Interior Ministry has charged the ex-leader of the Democratic Party in Moldova and de facto leader of the country, Vlad Plahotniuc, with running an extensive drug trafficking operation – charges that he has denied. Plahotniuc abruptly left Moldova on June 14 after the former Democratic Party-led government collapsed.

The new government unites pro-EU and pro-Russian forces under Maia Sandu. According to Moldovan TV channels, three private aircraft departed from Kishinev airport on late June 14. According to flightradar24, Bombardier CRJ-200LR eaded for Moscow, Gulfstream G200 landed in Odesa, and the third plane went to London. Another five charter flights were supposed to head for Istanbul.

It is supposed that oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, leader of the Democratic Party was onboard of one of these planes. He is reportedly in London.

[Junw 10 2019 2 government impasse ]

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Vlad Plahotniuc

ACUM leader Maia Sandu was sworn in as prime minister over the weekend and her government convened in parliament, while Filip’s cabinet met in the government building, which was blocked off by police officers and Democratic Party supporters. Sandu and President Igor Dodon, the former Socialist Party chief, rejected the verdict of the court, which they said was not politically independent.

[May 9 2019]

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Maia Sandu

Maia Sandu, the new Moldovan prime minister on June 8 2019, vowed to curb the influence of oligarchs in the east European country. The second biggest parliamentary force, the Democratic party, is led by powerful oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc. On December 9 2019, the Constitutional Court accepted a petition from the Democratic Party made on December 8 2019 which challenged the legitimacy of the government which had relieved Igor Dodon from the presidency.    It appointed former prime minister Pavel Filip as interim president. Reuters reported Filip signed a decree to hold a snap election in September 6. The Constitutional Court declared the new government, led by the pro-European leader Maia Sandu and sworn in on Saturday, illegal.

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