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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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The EU and WHO delivered COVID-19 critical supplies to support healthcare institutions from Moldova

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A shipment of critical medical supplies (1.5 million pieces of personal protective equipment) was delivered to Chisinau to help frontline healthcare workers in the Republic of Moldova. The supplies were funded by the European Union and procured by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and included 1 210 000 medical masks, 348 000 N95 respirators, 16 200 goggles, and 36 000 protective gowns, according to a press release published on the page of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova.

This is one of the biggest humanitarian aids offered to healthcare system employees from Moldova. Peter Michalko, Ambassador of the EU to the Republic of Moldova, and WHO Representative in the Republic of Moldova, Igor Pokanevych, handed over the equipment to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection at an event today, where ambassadors of other EU member states were present as well.

The donation of medical supplier is part of a larger assistance package to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The entire assistance includes also 330 000 gloves, 356 oxygen concentrators, 41 patients monitors, 40 ventilators, 215 pulse oximeters, 1500 kits for laboratory tests, and 12 000 kits for samples collection in the total amount of 2.8 million euro, as it is stated in the same press release.

“In these difficult times, the European Union stands by the Republic of Moldova. The “Solidarity for Health” initiative is a concrete example on how the EU supports the Moldovan healthcare system to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We trust that the supply of medical devices and personal equipment will be of benefit to both frontline healthcare workers, as well as to all Moldovan citizens,” highlighted Peter Michalko.

“The delivery of this protective equipment, made possible thanks to the generous contribution of the European Union, will go far in reducing the risk healthcare workers in our country face in their daily work and help protect them, patients and vulnerable people from this virus,” added Igor Pokanevych, WHO Representative and Head of the WHO Country Office in the Republic of Moldova

 “We express our gratitude for the medical equipment offered by the European Union and the WHO – strategic partners in the fight against COVID-19 infection. It will be distributed to all medical institutions in the country, to protect frontline heroes,” said Minister Viorica Dumbrăveanu.

The donation of the personal protective equipment, as well as medical and laboratory devices is part of the EU’s response program to the outbreak of COVID-19. On March 27, the EU announced an assistance package worth 30 million euro to help prevent, detect and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in several countries of eastern Europe, including Moldova. Initially, the funds are supposed to be used to meet immediate emergency needs, such as procuring essential supplies and training for healthcare workers. In the longer term, the assistance will go towards strengthening the country’s capacity to respond to public health emergencies, informed the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova representatives.

Photo: Mika Baumeister| Unsplash

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Critical changes blocked in Moldovan politics – the Constitutional Court dictated the separation of powers

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On July 7, the Constitutional Court (CC) of the Republic of Moldova issued a decision, according to which, the dissolution of the Parliament in the last six months of the presidential term of office is prohibited under any circumstances, even though the president resigns during this period. Moreover, according to the same decision, holding parliamentary elections and presidential elections during the same period is prohibited. Simultaneous local elections are permitted though.

The CC took this decision after 2 members of the Parliament (MPs) submitted 2 notifications in this regard. The institution explained its decision by the fact that the separation of powers is needed, that meaning the temporal separation of the presidential and the parliamentary election campaigns.

“We are on the verge of social revolts due to the deepening poverty, as well as the injustice in the country. The Constitutional Court issued a decision that leaves no room for interpretation. From now on, a Government capable of relaunching the economy and ensuring the safety of the people of Moldova must be formed,” claimed Andrian Candu, the member of Pro Moldova (a political party formed after the separation of democrats).

The vice-president of the Dignity and Truth Platform Party, Alexandr Slusari, declared that the CC decision was predictable. “It was clear for us from the the very beginning that simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections is a wrong and strictly political path. […] If several MPs had acted in unison, without making use of a hidden agenda, the Chicu government would have long gone down in history,” he said.

Socialists consider the current Parliament as being compromised, as it ‘sunk’ into many corruption scandals and the opposition boycotted legislature’s plenary sessions for several times already. “We addressed the CC to make this clarification. We would have liked to save the citizens’ money and to hold the snap parliamentary elections on the same day as the presidential elections, on November 1,” is mentioned in a press release published on the page of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova.

“In this context, we support the idea of President Igor Dodon that, the first decree signed by the head of state after the autumn presidential elections must be about the dissolution of the current compromised Parliament and holding snap parliamentary elections,” is also declared in the press release.

The socialists’ dissatisfaction is especially reasoned by 3 failed attempts of the Parliament to meet in plenary session, during which the bills for which Chicu’s Government took responsibility before the Parliament were supposed to be communicated. Opposition MPs urged the Government to withdraw its bills from Parliament and register them for parliamentary scrutiny.

Photo: Facebook| The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova

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The effect of Russia’s constitutional changes on the Transnistrian region

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A nationwide referendum is held in the Russian Federation between June 25 and July 1 in order to amend the constitution of the country.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the opportunity to vote during several days was provided. The voting process is held outside and, in addition, contactless voting at home, electronic voting and voting using the Mobile Voter mechanism are available.

In the Transnistrian region, voting was allowed for three days, from June 28-30, the whole process being organised under similar conditions as in Russia, the Tass News Agency announced.

According to a survey conducted at 800 Russian polling stations from June 25 to June 28, the majority of voters opted for the amendments, 23.6% opposed them and 0.4% invalidated the ballot paper,

Beside the amendment offering the possibility of prolonging the presidential term of Vladimir Putin (until 2036 instead of 2024), there are a a few controversial amendments to the Russian fundamental law.

Source: Facebook| The Center for the Study of the Transnistrian Conflict Consequences

Russian federal territories

One of the most important articles of the Constitution of the Russian Federation that could be amended is article no. 67,  which provides for creation of federal territories in Russia and introduction of the expression “subjects of the Russian Federation”.

“By making this change, Putin wants to make sure that certain federal subjects do not leave the Russian Federation, such as Chechnya, Tatarstan or Crimea, the latter being illegally occupied by the Russian Federation. The territory of the Republic of Moldova doesn’t belong to  the Russian Federation. However, taking into consideration the priorities that President Dodon and socialist have, one could draw a parallel.

During the propagandist Moscow parade, Putin mentioned in his speech that all neighbours ‘are part of the Russian world’. Moldova, according to Vladimir Putin, is part of his strategic interest. The fact that 11% of the Moldova’s territory is hosting occupation troops proves it one more time,” said security policy expert Rosian Vasiloi.

Previously, President Igor Dodon claimed that federalisation is the only solution to solving conflicts in the Republic of Moldova, including the Transnistrian one.

Source: Facebook| The Center for the Study of the Transnistrian Conflict Consequences

Russia as the legal successor to the Soviet Union

In the same article, a paragraph was introduced, saying that the Russian Federation is the legal successor of the Soviet Union. Another amending paragraph states that the Russian Federation honours the memory of the “Fatherland’s defenders” and ensures the protection of historical truth. “The diminution of the importance of the act of heroism in the defence of the Fatherland is not allowed.”

Historian Andrei Cusco mentioned that the victory in World War II is a myth that represented the main pillar of the regime’s ideology after Putin came to power in 2000. “Russia has taken certain moments from the Soviet communist narrative and reinterpreted them to serve the interests and visions of the current regime,” Cusco said.

The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation prohibits the dissemination of information that expresses a clear disrespect regarding the days of military glory and memorable dates in Russia related to the defence of the Fatherland, as Meduza informed.

A good example is the reaction of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Moldova to the TVR Moldova declaration that June 22, 1941 was the day when Romania entered the World War II to liberate the Russian-occupied lands in the summer of 1940. “For Romanians, this date went down in history as the day of starting the fight for the reunification of the nation. The President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, is not of the same opinion, as he stated that today is the day when the occupation of Bessarabia began,” it is said in the article.

The Embassy of the Russian Federation qualified the material as “uncivilised and extremely dangerous, because it justifies the war criminals.”

“Such tricks offend most Russian citizens who remember the common heroism of the Red Army that saved Europe from the Nazi plague.”

The perfect Russian child

One more completion to the constitution refers to children education, namely patriotism, citizenship and respect for the elderly.

The same approach existed during the USSR, when the principles of a very cultured man were considered love for the socialist homeland, friendship, companionship, humanity, honour, love for socialist work, etc.

 Marriage of a man and a woman

Another newly introduced amendment provides for the protection of the family, maternity, paternity and childhood, defending the institution of marriage as a union of a man and a woman, creating the conditions for a decent upbringing of children in a family, as well as for the fulfilment of the obligation to take care of parents.

Yet, another video promoting the amendment of the constitution promotes homophobia as well.

Crime against Russians

The Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner believes that the way of voting the amendments is not democratic. “There are many proposed amendments. Among them, there are those that I would be willing to support, but there are those that I am against of. Unfortunately, everything is organized in such a way, that either you order the entire dinner or none of the dishes,” he said.

Liubov Sobol, a Russian politician and lawyer at the Anticorruption Foundation, claimed that resetting Putin’s mandates to zero is a crime against Russians. “20 years were enough to implement all the reforms needed for our country. We saw that Putin failed. Corruption is flourishing in the country, we have a low level of education. There must be a change of power, and all eligible candidates must be allowed to run for president. People have to make a choice.”

This text is a translation. The original article here.

Photo: Facebook| The Center for the Study of the Transnistrian Conflict Consequences

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