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Vlad Plahotniuc: We are happy for the electoral success of our partners from Romania, PSD

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Vice-President of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Plahotniuc, posted a message on congratulating the Social-Democratic Party of Romania on the massive win in the Parliamentary elections.

“We are happy for the electoral success of our political friends and partners in Romania.
The good result of PSD constitutes a proof that citizens appreciate the social-democratic ideas and reforms.
I wish Romania had political balance and stability, in order to continually ensure an economic and social progress”
, posted the “executive coordinator” of the governing coalition on his Facebook page.

Some think that the leadership of the Democratic Party would be soon taken by the oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, who de-facto controls the party, and even the name of the party might change to the “Social-Democratic Party”, similar to the one in Romania.

Plahotniuc’s close relation with the Social-Democratic Party of Romania has become public in 2014, when his Democratic Party declared support for Victor Ponta in the Presidential elections. There were even some reported frauds facilitated by the Moldovan Democrats, such as mass transportation and bribing of voters, at the Presidential elections in 2014 and the recent Parliamentary elections from December 11th 2016.

Romania's former Social-Democrat PM, corruption-tainted Victor Ponta and the grey eminence of Moldovan politics, Vlad Plahotniuc

Romania’s former Social-Democrat PM, corruption-tainted Victor Ponta and the grey eminence of Moldovan politics, Vlad Plahotniuc, at one of the events organized by latter’s charity foundation

According to Digi24.ro, the Social-Democratic Party won the majority in the future Parliament of Romania with approximately 45% in both Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, having a 25% distance from the secondly placed National Liberal Party.

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Moscow: Vlad Plahotniuc and Veaceslav Platon – organizers of the scheme to illegally export over 37.000.000.000 rubles from Russia

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The Russian Interior Ministry declared that the head of the Democratic Party Vladimir Plahotniuc and businessman Veaceslav Platon have participated in the organization of an international criminal structure that dealt with large-scale illegal currency operations. This is what the official representative of the Russian Minister, Irina Volk, declared today.

According to her, the criminal structure has participated in removing at least 37 billion rubles (the equivalent of about 500 million euros) from the Russian Federation during 2013-2014.

“Citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Moldova have created an international criminal organization with the purpose of operating large-scale illegal currency operations. The organizers of the illegal actions were holders of Russian Federation citizenship, Vladimir Plahotniuc and Veaceslav Platon,” Volk added.

The information published on the website of the Russian Ministry shows that during the period 2013-2014 the members of the criminal structure, under invented pretexts and with false documents, transferred money from the accounts of the legal entities they controlled in two banks (OAO Bank “Западный” and ОАО “Русский Земельный Банк”) in foreign currency on non-resident accounts BC Moldinconbank SA and other foreign organizations under the pretext of trading the currency.

Altogether, over 37 billion rubles have been removed.

Investigators have been detained by the inhabitant of the Moscow region, Alexandr Korkin.

In April 2017, businessman Veaceslav Platon was sentenced to 18 years in prison in the Republic of Moldova for raider attacks and money laundering.

Moldovan Democratic Party spokesman Vitalie Gamurari told Ziarul de Garda that the allegations made by the Russian Interior Ministry to Vlad Plahotniuc are qualified as an abusive intervention in the parliamentary elections in Moldova.

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There are figures of the Kroll report and a witness of the prosecution in Filat’s file on the Shor Party list

Some names on the Electoral Electoral List also appear in the report of the British Company Kroll, hired by the Government to investigate the “theft of the century.” Marina Tauber and Reghina Apostolova, for example, were operating in Unibank, one of the bankrupt banks after the fraud happened, and have probably taken loans using the accounts of some banks in Latvia. Both say they have returned the money and have done nothing illegal. Moreover, one of the candidates, Maria Albot, handled the transfer to the accounts of Vlad Filat’s close friends. That is a sum of money that Ilan Shor said that has been extorted by the former prime minister Filat, and later was the witness of the prosecution that file. These are some facts documented by “Civic Initiative reporters for a Clean Parliament” on the candidates of the Shor Party. Full profiles can be read on Moldovacurata.md.

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The head of the party’s list, Ilan Shor, applied for a deputy mandate, even if he has an executive sentence of seven and a half years in one of the two criminal cases opened in his name in connection with fraud in the banking system. This case file was launched on June 22, 2016 for scam in large proportions and money laundering. Subsequently, the court recalculated the act of “causing damage through deception or abuse of trust in particularly great proportions, if the deed is not an appropriation” and money laundering in particularly large proportions. The sentence was challenged by Ilan Shor’s lawyers, and the file is now being examined by the Cahul Court of Appeal. Shor has another criminal case, opened earlier, on May 6, 2015, for serious abuse of office, as chairman of the Bank of Savings Bank Administration (BEM). This file has not yet been finalized by prosecutors.

The most important damage that the State Budget have possibly brought was the accusations of prosecutors in the case of bankruptcy of BEM, the Social Bank and Unibank. To cover the hole formed by the three banks as a result of granting fraudulent loans, the National Bank of Moldova granted state guarantees amounting to 13.34 billion lei, later transformed into state debts. Prosecutors accuse Shore of having stolen about 5 billion lei from the three banks. However, the Chisinau judiciary has established that there is only evidence for evasion worth 2.7 billion lei.

British company Kroll, contracted by the Government to conduct an audit of the bank fraud case, found that the loans offered by the three banks to companies in the so-called Shor group reached the figure of 2.9 billion dollars granted during the period 2012 – 2014. The lending offered has possibly been hidden as corporate loans, being washed through a high-level coordinated process through several bank accounts in Latvia.

Read the profiles of candidates in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova here.

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Igor Dodon alleged to have presented a federalization plan of the Republic of Moldova at the Munich Security Conference

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The leaders of the electoral bloc ACUM – Maia Sandu and Andrei Năstase, along with Igor Munteanu, the bloc’s candidate on a single-seat constituency, claimed that the President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, presented at the Munich Security Conference, held during the last weekend, a federalisation plan of the country. The declarations were made today at a press conference organised by the electoral bloc ACUM.

“A few days ago, at the Munich Security Conference, Igor Dodon put a federalisation plan on the table to his Western partners. This is a Russian plan that contradicts the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova, aimed at the ‘transnistrisation’ of Moldova,” said Igor Munteanu.

According to Munteanu, the President Dodon betrays Moldova as federalization means destroying the state and creating on its ruins a Bosnian protectorate separated on cantons with foreign military forces on its territory. Moreover, the mentioned document does not clarify the way the Transnistrian region would be returned under the constitutional control of the Republic of Moldova. Also, the Moldovan government would have to legalise the current power structures from Tiraspol, as Munteanu declares.

He added that the document suggests exclusive elements of sovereignty for Transnistria that, as a consequence, will help the separatist regime break the blockade of its external non-recognition without any benefit for Moldova.

Andrei Năstase mentioned that the plan was a common idea of Vladimir Plahotniuc, the leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova and Igor Dodon.

At the same time, Maia Sandu has called for stopping of all discussions regarding “this unconstitutional, illegal document”. “We will inform the international community and we will oppose the continuation of discussions on this unconstitutional plan,” she said.

The leaders of the electoral bloc ACUM declared that this information comes from several sources, including from people who participated in the Munich Security Conference. “This plan was circulating in Western chancelleries since September, but we managed to obtain a copy of this plan only at the Munich Conference,” said Munteanu.

The Moldovan presidency spokeswoman, Carmena Sterpu, said she would come back with a reaction.

Igor Dodon previously announced that he presented at the Munich Security Conference his vision on the foreign policy of the Republic of Moldova, reiterating his position on advancing of a “balanced foreign policy, maintaining and strengthening the principle of permanent neutrality” of the Republic of Moldova.

The President Igor Dodon had a meeting at Munich on Saturday, February 16th, with Elmar Brock, German MEP, in which he exchanged views on the relations between Chișinău and Brussels, as well as on the domestic and foreign political situation in Moldova.

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