Communist Party of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM)
Victor Stepaniuc, candidate no. 4, Chairman of the parliamentary fraction PCRM
In over ten years of parliamentary membership, V. Stepaniuc has promoted the idea of giving the status of state language to the Russian language and has “contributed” to the undermining of national revival actions. He pronounced himself in favor of the removal of the “History of Romanians” from the school curriculum.
He took his revenge on his fellow villagers, persecuting them for having efficiently participated in the National Revival Movement. For those actions, as for his anti-national beliefs, the citizens of Coşteşti village, Ialoveni district, repeatedly gave him a vote on non-confidence. Stepaniuc has been accused of having helped his relatives obtain positions in state institutions. He was accused of having abusively obtained an apartment in Chişinău. He engaged in the editorial policy of “Teleradio-Moldova” Company. He was involved in the most trials against journalists, who had allegedly “harmed his honor and dignity”.
He promoted Vasile Zgardan to the position of Minister of Transports, and as a reward, he obtained the control over several inter-urban routes on which the microbuses of the firms he owns travel. He is the mentor of “Accente libere” (Free accents) newspaper, whose shadow owner is Vasile Zgardan. According to some sources, he receives profits from the wood industry. He has been accused of having been involved in doubtful affairs with wood and tobacco.
Maria Postoico, candidate no. 5, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Commission for Appointments and Immunities
She controls, through her daughter, a part of the businesses in “Gemenii” store in Chişinău. According to some sources, the rent of one boutique in this commercial center is 600 Euro, although the real price is 200 Euro. A part from the difference from the boutique rent would also get in the pocket of the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Commission for Appointments and Immunities. She has exerted pressures on prosecutors to cushion a series of criminal cases. It is known that she interfered several times with protection phone calls to the ex-General Prosecutor Vasile Rusu to defend some economic agents that had come in the view of law-enforcement bodies. She lobbied for the promotion of some laws at the insistence of the clans that fund the governing party. They say that allegedly she collected fees to favor some individuals in obtaining positions in the judicial and customs systems.
Valerian Cristea, candidate no. 6, Deputy Prime Minister
Ex-Head of construction site at “Moldenergostroi” Trust, and activist within the Trade Unions, the Deputy Prime Minister manifested himself in the Tarlev Government as an ardent fighter against the “History of Romanians” course and of all that represents national values. He demanded, during a government session, the shutting down of “Antena C” radio station, for the reason that “citizens criticize the governance” during the programs of this station. He makes abuse of his status to satisfy his caprice of seeing himself in every news bulletin on “Moldova 1”, persecuting the editors of the public television that do not send shooting teams to the events in which he participates. In 2003, he became Doctor of Sciences thanks to his counselors, who wrote his doctor thesis. He is despotic with his subordinates, firing those who dare to contradict him. Many officers, dismissed at Cristea’s demand, won the case in court, and the state had to pay moral and material damages from public money. He is the most productive member of the Government, as he is member of over 50 commissions created within different state structures over the past four years of governance. He “patronizes” the humanitarian aids that come in Republic of Moldova and distributes them for propagandistic purposes.
Vadim Mişin, candidate no. 8, Deputy Speaker of Parliament
He came in Moldova from Kazakhstan, finding a job as a welder at a factory in Chişinău. He graduated from the Higher Party School from Kiev and has held eligible positions in komsomol and party organs. He worked in the Ministry of Internal Affairs from 1983 to 1998. He created a fund within MIA for the support of retired policemen, through which, according to some sources, the money coming from dirty affairs was laundered. He was suspected of having had affairs with the thief in law Grigori Karamalak, whom he would have helped to disappear from Moldova together with his case files. He has been many times accused of protectionism and interference with justice. His name is related to the disappearance of the ex-Director of the Department of Informational Technologies, Piotr Dimitrov, with whom he did business with tobacco and alcohol. The case on Dimitrov’s disappearance was cushioned as soon as the prosecutors that were investigating the case were dismissed at the request of the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, because the investigations revealed businesses of large proportions protected by him. He is the godfather of the Informational Technologies Department and, thanks to his status in the Parliament and in the Communist Party, artificially maintains the extremely large costs of preparation and issue of identity documents.
He is the intermediary between the controversial businessman of Russian origin, Boris Birstein, and the communist governance. At the request of some opposition MPs to give Mişin to justice, President Voronin showed them a case with compromising data against him, assuring them that he would give it course “in due time”.
He has his people, practically, in all law-enforcement bodies, which allows him to control their activity. He practices pretty often protectionism, by intimidating the representatives of the law-enforcement bodies. He does not speak Romanian.
“Democratic Moldova” Electoral Block
Vladimir Filat, candidate no. 7, Ex-Minister
In 1998 he was the Head of the Department of Privatization, and in 1999 – State Minister in Sturza Government. During that period he was the subject of several scandals related with the sale of civil airplanes, privatization of some wine factories in Russia, cigarette traffic in Romania etc. He was accused of having favored, in exchange for significant amounts of money, several persons and economic agents in the privatization of the state property. He was involved in a huge scandal with cigarettes smuggling from the Republic of Moldova to Romania. They say that he cushioned that scandal with a lot of money. In the 2001 electoral campaign, he was the head of the electoral staff of the Democratic Party and one of the main sponsors. According to the official data, he contributed MDL 37 thousand in the electoral campaign of DP. Although officially he is the director of “Dosoftei S.A.” firm from Romania, it is known that, together with his brother, he also controls the insurance company “Artas” from Chişinău. He is the owner of a building, renovated with modern office space, located at the intersection of Ştefan cel Mare and Izmail streets.
Valeriu Guma, candidate no. 11
He is the President of the Board of Directors of the insurance company “Galas”, as well as the honorary consul of Cyprus in the Republic of Moldova. Before becoming, in 1998, Member of Parliament on the lists of the Movement “for a Democratic and Prosperous Moldova”, he was President of the Moldavian-Russian insurance company “Afes-M” and Director of the “Finex” firm. During that period, although “Afes-M” was an insurance company, it provided to “Finex” an interest-free financial aid amounting to MDL 3 million, which was a flagrant violation of the insurance legislation, signaled in a report of the Court of Accounts. In 2001, Valeriu Guma was the main sponsor of the electoral campaign of the Democratic Party, (officially) contributing MDL 50 thousand.
Social-Democratic Party of Moldova
Ghenadie Tătaru, candidate no. 4
He owns the restaurant with Spanish specific features, “El Paso”, in Chişinău. Having practiced law as an attorney for many years, he has “majored” in getting out people with heavy pockets. He does not speak Romanian.
Eduard Muşuc, candidate no. 7
He controls, together with his father and his uncle, a part of the corporate IT services and telecommunications market. He owns the electronic press agency “Reporter.md”.
Vitalie Cazanir, candidate nr.10
Ex-prosecutor. His prosecutor’s office colleagues know him as an inveterate chauvinist, with antinational views. In the times when he was prosecutor, he had a contemptuous attitude towards Moldovans. On the wave of the national revival he left the Prosecutor’s Office because he could not stand the idea that he could have Moldovan prosecutors among his chiefs. He does not speak Romanian.
“Patria-Rodina” Electoral Block
Veronica Abramciuc, candidate no. 2, Chairperson of the Socialists’ Party
She has been fighting against the state’s sovereignty ever since the proclamation of independence of the Republic of Moldova. According to some sources, she plays the game of the Tiraspol separatist regime, which finances the political entity she leads. She meets pretty often with the leaders of Tiraspol administration.
Victor Morev, candidate no. 3, Chairman of the Socialist Party, Member of Parliament
He entered the present Parliament on the lists of “Braghiş Alliance”, then he abandoned the parliamentary fraction, supporting the communist MPs. His name was largely used in scandals related to the division of influence spheres in the north zone of the country, including in the one related with the assassination of several businessmen from Bălţi, among which Gheorghe Grumaţchi, Chairman of the Bălţi Markets Association. When he was Mayor of Bălţi, the Municipal Council accused him of misuse of power and commitment of many offences, including of illegal signing of 57 decisions on the leasing, concession and sale of public property. He has been subject to criminal investigations. In 2001 he ran for a parliamentary mandate only to obtain immunity and avoid punishment. He has permanently manifested himself as an embittered chauvinist. He does not speak Romanian.
Piotr Şornicov, candidate no. 6
Ex-Member of the Moldovan Parliament. He promoted an anti-state and denationalization policy. He pronounces himself for maintaining Moldova in the influence sphere of the Russian Federation. At present he teaches history at the Tiraspol University and is counselor of the leader of the separatist regime Igor Smirnov. He disregards the Moldavian intellectuals. He does not speak Romanian.