Profile 18 Dec 17

Vlad Plahotniuc, Moldova’s Unloved ‘Puppet Master’

He may want to be seen as the EU’s champion in Moldova, but few people there believe the wealthy businessman and media mogul will really change anything for the better in the country.

Madalin Necsutu
BIRN
Chisinau
Democratic Party leader Vladimir Plahotniuc. Photo: Vladimir Plahorniuc/Facebook.

It does not always pay in today’s politics to be a mediagenic person.

In Moldova, Vlad Plahotniuc – officially a Western-style politician, a billionaire, a media mogul and even a philanthropist – is certainly powerful, but not that many people really love him.

In fact, a recent poll found he was trusted by only three per cent of the respondents.

Plahotniuc is currently the leader of Democratic Party, which is part of a pro-European ruling coalition that was established after the November 2014 parliamentary election.

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