INVESTIGATION: The Parliamentary Election Candidates and their Controversies
In the coming weeks, ZdG will publish the most important details about the candidates registered for the early parliamentary election of July 11, 2021. We decided to check the potential future deputies based on last year’s polls.
In the first part, we present the first six candidates of the first party on the ballot: Build Europe Home Party.
Alexandru Grumeza, the head of the list, is a neurologist and did not get involved in politics until a year ago when he became the co-founder of the party. He is also the president of the National Sports Federation of Armwrestling in Moldova. According to his wealth declaration, in 2019-2020 Grumeza obtained an income of 21,000 euros, and his wife, general manager of Medpark International Hospital – about 56,000 euros. The Grumeza family declares a Volvo XC90 car, manufactured in 2009 and purchased in 2013 for 20,000 euros and no real estate. Alexandru Grumeza stated for ZdG that in 2018 he bought an apartment and registered it on his children saying that “from a legal point of view, this apartment belongs to my children. It is not my property, but I will make the necessary corrections, if necessary.”
Denis Roșca, second place in the list, is an economist. In 2009, he ran for Liberal Democratic Party but did not reach Parliament. For the last two years, he stated in wealth declaration an income of only 700 euros from the university assistant activity. Most of the money in the family budget, over 8,000 euros, came as an allowance for minor children. The candidate declares an urban land, an apartment, and a Toyota Avensis car. He administers several Public Associations and holds the position of vice president of the Blockchain Association of Moldova.
Nadejda Tatarciuc, third on the list, is an economist and has a business in the fashion field. She is the wife of Oleg Tatarciuc, a former colleague in the General Police Inspectorate with Gheorghe Cavcaliuc, the leader of Build Europe Home Party. In July 2020, ZdG wrote about the fact that Nikita Rinadi company, managed by Nadejda Tatarciuc, signed, during the crisis caused by COVID-19, ten contracts worth 7.500 euros, through which several medical institutions purchased white medical masks, even though the masks were not approved for medical use. In April 2021, the company won another auction worth 2.000 euros organized by the Căușeni District Hospital.
In the wealth declaration, Nadejda Tatarciuc indicates a salary amounting to 2.500 euros for the last two years. She does not declare the Mercedes and BMW cars and two apartments, which are found in the declaration of assets and interests for 2018, submitted by her husband, Oleg Tatarciuc when he was working at the General Police Inspectorate. Contacted by ZdG, Tatarciuc justified the concealment of the property by the fact that it is the first time she completes a wealth declaration and she thought that she must indicate only the goods purchased during the last two years.
Ion Straciuc, the fourth place in the list, is a lawyer, but he worked for several years in the construction field. So far, he has not been involved in politics. In recent years, Straciuc has been sued several times for non-payment of debts. In February 2018, he was forced by the court to pay a construction company a debt of over 6,000 euros, and in another lawsuit, which lasted three years, he was forced to repay a debt of 9,300 euros. He was also sued by a company specialized in locksmiths and aqueducts, for a debt of over 5,000 euros. The case reached the Supreme Court, from where it was sent for retrial. Here the process was stopped, following the reconciliation of the parties. Straciuc has not reported any income for the last two years. He owns two out-of-town plots and two houses of 2,500 and 3,000 euros respectively.
Gheorghe Cavcaliuc, the leader of Build Europe Home Party, is fifth on the list. He resigned as deputy head of the General Police Inspectorate on June 17, 2019, shortly after the Democratic Party led by oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc went in opposition. Over the years, Cavcaliuc has been accused several times of acting illegally or following political instructions. A year later, he officially launched politics, becoming the president of Build Europe Home Party. In 2018, he did not declare all his fortune for 2017 – two apartments received as a gift by his two minor children. On a state salary, Cavcaliuc built a villa on the outskirts of Chișinău. He donated the villa to his two boys five days after the Democratic Party withdrew from the government. His two children also got an apartment. He divorced in early 2016, shortly after ZdG published two articles about his family’s fortune in December-January 2015-2016, but later reconciled with his ex-wife.
In February 2021, on behalf of Gheorghe Cavcaliuc, a criminal trial was resumed, previously closed by the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office. Cavcaliuc was suspected of illegally applying incentives, disciplinary sanctions, promotions, transfers, granting special degrees and leave, seriously harming the state. Also this year, Cavcaliuc appears in two other criminal cases opened for “exceeding his duties”. Since the spring of this year, he has the status of a suspect in another case opened for hooliganism and “the call to commit acts of violence against persons”, after his party colleagues sprayed with green brilliantly the vice president of Sangerei district.
In the last two years, Cavcaliuc reported an official income of approximately 21,000 euros from the General Police Inspectorate, and 198,000 dollars, from the Komet Group company, an offshore led by businessman Anatolie Stati. Cavcaliuc rides a Mercedes, manufactured in 2016 and purchased in 2017, whose indicated value in the wealth declaration is zero. In 2019, ZdG discovered that in Micăuți, Strașeni district, Cavcaliuc’s hometown, a street bears his name.
Livii Baziuc, sixth on the list, comes from police too but was dismissed in 2019. Baziuc is one of the police officers who, through court decisions, obtained social apartments from the Chișinău City Hall. As no houses were left, in 2014 the municipality paid him as compensation 100,000 euros. From the money obtained, he bought a much smaller and cheaper apartment than he claimed from the authorities, but also two luxury cars that he sold in 2017. In 2015, the National Integrity Commission verified his fortune, but the control was stopped.
Baziuc declares in his declaration of wealth for the last two years an income of 3,000 euros from Police salary and a little over 2,000 euros from a real estate company from Germany. His wife, Elena Baziuc, founder and administrator of the Salent Exim company, received a salary of about 3,000 euros. Baziuc also declares donations of 6,000. The candidate owns three apartments, a garage, and no cars.