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This is the luxurious lifestyle of Moldova’s ex-PM’s son. All three bank accounts of Vlad Luca Filat were frozen

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Vlad-Luca Filat, the son of the former prime minister Vlad Filat, bathes in luxury and wealth. He rented a Knightsbridge villa for which he pays £1.000/day. Earlier this week, magistrates decided to freeze the three bank accounts held by the young man and seize about £500.000. The decision was made after the former Prime Minister’s son couldn’t explain where the money came from, the National Crime Agency (ANC) informs.

After moving to London in July 2016 to finish his studies, Vlad-Luca led an extravagant lifestyle, spending a lot of money on luxury goods and services, such as buying a Bentley Bentayga, worth £200,000, the source quoted.

One of the most expensive beaches of the Nikki Beach region was rented by the son of the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Luca Filat. On a couple of pictures published on the Facebook social network back in 2015, Luca was splashing in the company of friends with champagne and not “Dom Perignon”, the value of which is €500, according to the price list published on the official site of the resort. From the pictures below, the identity of the young man is confirmed by comments by his friend Yurii Pervac, with which he appears in the pictures.

It seems even more unusual that the luxury that Vlad Filat’s son allows him to wear clothing that Moldovan young people don’t dare to dream about, such as the Zilli belt, a brand whose belts cost about €3.500.

The order to freeze the three bank accounts held by Vlad Luca Filat, 22, came after ANC’s financial investigators suspected that these funds came from the illegal activity of his father, Vlad Filat, the former prime minister of Moldova.

Despite the fact that the 22-year-old student did not register any income in the UK, the HSBC bank records showed that all the expenses the young man was doing were financed by large deposits from overseas companies based in Turkey and the Islands Cayman. In just three days, £98.100 were transferred to his accounts.

In result, the London authorities ordered the son of the former Prime Minister of Moldova, Vlad Filat, to surrender almost half a million pounds, after his son failed to indicate the origin of £390.000, the money for which he intended to rent Knightsbridge penthouse.

Reminder: In July 2016, the former prime minister was sentenced to nine years in prison for colossal proportions of money laundering.

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But what about the son of oligarch and Democratic Party of Moldova leader, Plahotniuc?

Unlike ex-PM Filat, since becoming a politician, Vladimir Plahotniuc made sure he properly hid his property abroad from behind some of the front and intermedia companies, as well as send his sons abroad for safety reasons. The foreign real estate empire of the Moldovan oligarch counts more exclusive properties that never appeared in his wealth statements.

For instance, in September 2018, RISE Moldova has identified four of them. On the Geneva – Sciez – Les Houches – Bucharest axis, villas are worth over 30 million euros, or more than half a billion lei.

Besides luxurious traveling to exotic countries on private planes, buying overly expensive watches, and studying at one of the most expensive universities in Europe (Business School Lausanne), Timofei Plahotniuc lives and studies in Geneva (Switzerland) and runs an exclusive Mansory Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe, a custom-made car that could cost more than €1.000.000.

The car carries the initials of the young man, T.V.P., has exclusive numbers GE 79777 and was caught on the streets of Geneva by expensive car lovers. The pictures have appeared on a famous site of exclusive car lovers.

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Angela Merkel congratulated Maia Sandu on her appointment as Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova

German Chancellor Merkel noted that she would like to have a meeting with her in Berlin. The press and information office of the German government has published a press release with Angela Merkel’s address to Maia Sandu.

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By means of a communiqué issued by the Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Maia Sandu for the post of Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova. This is what the announcement said:

“Dear Ms. Prime Minister,

I congratulate you on your choice. Courage, energy and personal resistance have contributed to the peaceful settlement of the constitutional crisis.

Your country is now facing major political and economic challenges. In your effort to pursue pro-European, democratic and forward-looking reforms, the federal government is pleased to help you.

I’m glad to meet you soon in Berlin.

I wish you good luck for the tasks that await you.

Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany”

During the political crisis in the country, Germany together with the United Kingdom, France, Poland, and Sweden issued a joint statement expressing their position on the political situation in Chisinau and acknowledging the formation of the parliamentary majority and the election of the Sandu Government.

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Romanian historian A. Gosu about the Moldovan crisis: “Russia has found itself on the same side of the table as Americans and Europeans”

On Friday, the Interim Government of Chisinau, formed by oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc’s Democratic Party, gave up the government invested by Parliament, led by Maia Sandu. The formation led by Vladimir Plahotniuc called for early elections and argued that the current executive is illegal, citing precisely the decisions of the Constitutional Court last week, which, not long ago, were canceled.

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Shortly after the Democratic Party announced it was withdrawing from the government, several private planes and charters for Moscow, Odessa, and London (with DPM members in them) took off from the Chisinau airport, writes Digi24.

Moldova’s Prime Minister, Maia Sandu, promised, in the first statement after the Democratic Party left, that all people guilty of the country’s crisis all these years (led by Plahotniuc) will be punished according to law.

Out of fear, the main criminal left the country “for a few days”. According to a press release, the reason is to see his family. His party’s members did not name the country in which Plahotniuc left. However, it is a well-known fact that Plahotniuc has two children living in Switzerland, where the leader of the DPM also owns a villa on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Photo: Plahotniuc’s house in Switzerland // RISE Moldova

Plahotniuc stole $560,000,000 from the Russian banks.

Indeed, Moscow has long ago announced charges against Plahotniuc (February): Plahotniuc has organized an international criminal group with another businessman (Veaceslav Platon) in order to withdraw the money illegally. The last washed tranche – the famous Moldovan “laundromat” – was somewhere between 23,000,000,000 USD. This money – some of them – went to Romania, Latvia, England, the final destination of money being Western banks and the United States.

Plahotniuc got in trouble after he was involved in wreckage between various criminal groups close to Moscow’s power circles. He helped – including through Romania – to launder billions of dollars and ended the friendship with Russia, explained to Digi24 Armand Goşu, a former Soviet space expert.

Russia will internationally trace oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, who in the meantime, escaped the country. The information was confirmed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Moscow, according to statements made by one of the ‘ACUM’ bloc leaders, Andrei Nastase. In the name of the Democratic Party leader, there is a criminal case opened by Russian investigators.

“Oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc could not stand alone in front of this” monstrous ‘coalition’,” says Gosu.

For the first time since the Crimean crisis, Russia has found itself on the same side of the table as Americans and Europeans.

Also because of Plahotniuc, on the other hand, Putin is now conquering the hearts and minds of Moldovans – an essential battle in today’s hybrid war – in which Romania lost, adds historian Armand Gosu.

Plahotniuc, with support from Bucharest, managed, in a fairly good manner, to manipulate foreign embassies for years and Western chancelleries, which gave them the illusion that Chisinau is a pro-Western regime.

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The Democratic Party of Moldova faction returns to Parliament

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Ex-PM and president of the Democratic Party of Moldova faction stated that the Democrats are coming back to parliament, though in opposition. At the same time, he claims that the Democratic Party will vote for the draft laws that will be for Moldovan citizens, even if they will come from the deputies from the new parliamentary majority, writes ZdG.

“We will be an active and constructive opposition,” Filip said in a press briefing.

At the same time, the former Minister of Education, Culture, and Research, DPM member Monica Babuc, will be proposed by the parliamentary faction of her party as vice-president of the Legislature.

Vladimir Plahotniuc, too, has published something on his Facebook page today. It is his first message from the withdrawal of the Democratic Party from the government. The leader of the Democrats announces that he is not in the country and that he no longer feels safe in Moldova.

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