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Moldova President Gives Tour of Summer Residence

Igor Dodon gave journalists a tour of his country residence on Wednesday night, before holding a press conference in the salon. 

Ana Maria Touma

Moldovan President Igor Dodon on Wednesday night gave journalists a tour of the presidential residence in the village of Condrita, a few kilometers away from the capital, Chisinau.

After a 90-minute press conference on current affairs in the salon, Dodon took his guests on a trip around the presidential villa, including the basement, where he keeps his wine.

“There was nothing here when we arrived, but you know, I’m a man who treasures his household, so we brought a few things,” he joked. He also said that some of the pickles and jams in the cellar were made by the first lady.

The villa in Condrita, the summer residence of Moldovan Presidents, was built in 2001, during President Vladimir Voronin’s tenure.

The domain includes an artificial lake, a cellar, a summer villa, as well as a pig and chicken farm. The cost of the building has never been disclosed.

Several presidents neglected it after Voronin moved out in September 2009, after an incident when Mihai Ghimpu, Moldova’s interim president from September 2009 to December 2010, took a group of journalists to the villa – only for staff loyal to Voronin to refuse to serve them coffee. Most of the annexes were empty, and the former president had removed the furniture from the main bedroom.

Dodon, however, plans to fix the house and make it his residence. He showed journalists the large playground he set up for his children.

He was criticised at the beginning of the week, however, after the media broadcast footage of a party taking place in the Condrita residence, which Dodon confirmed was held for his son’s birthday. 

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