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POLITICIANS from Moldova

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This page contains a list of the greatest Moldovan Politicians. The pantheon dataset contains 15,577 Politicians, 27 of which were born in Moldova. This makes Moldova the birth place of the 89th most number of Politicians behind Armenia and Madagascar.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Moldovan Politicians of all time. This list of famous Moldovan Politicians is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Moldovan Politicians.

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1. Vladimir Voronin (1941 - )

With an HPI of 60.97, Vladimir Voronin is the most famous Moldovan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 49 different languages on wikipedia.

Vladimir Voronin (pronounced [vladiˈmir voˈronin]; born Vladimir Bujeniță, 25 May 1941) is a Moldovan politician. He was the third President of Moldova from 2001 until 2009 and has been the leader of the Party of Communists of Moldova (PCRM) since 1994. He was Europe's first democratically elected communist party head of state after the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc.

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2. Nicolae Timofti (1948 - )

With an HPI of 59.50, Nicolae Timofti is the 2nd most famous Moldovan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 55 different languages.

Nicolae Timofti (Romanian pronunciation: [nikoˈla.e tiˈmofti]; born 22 December 1948) is a Moldovan jurist and politician who was President of Moldova from 23 March 2012 until 23 December 2016. He served as head of Moldova's Superior Magistrate Council and was elected President by parliament on 16 March 2012.

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3. Emil Constantinescu (1939 - )

With an HPI of 59.37, Emil Constantinescu is the 3rd most famous Moldovan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 37 different languages.

Emil Constantinescu (Romanian pronunciation: [eˈmil konstantiˈnesku] ) (born 19 November 1939) is a Romanian professor and politician, who served as the President of Romania, from 1996 to 2000. After the Romanian Revolution of 1989, Constantinescu became a founding member and vice president of the Civic Alliance (AC). In addition, he also served as the acting president of the Democratic Romanian Anti-Totalitarian Forum, the first associative structure of the democratic opposition in post-1989 Romania, which was later transformed into a centre-right political and electoral alliance known as the Romanian Democratic Convention (CDR). He had also subsequently presided the People's Action (AP) party from the early 2000s until it merged into the National Liberal Party (PNL) in 2008. Nowadays, Constantinescu remains involved in Romanian politics solely to a limited extent.

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4. Maia Sandu (1972 - )

With an HPI of 59.18, Maia Sandu is the 4th most famous Moldovan Politician.  Her biography has been translated into 65 different languages.

Maia Sandu (pronounced [ˈmaja ˈsandu]; born 24 May 1972) is a Moldovan politician who has been the President of Moldova since 24 December 2020. She is the founder and former leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) and former Prime Minister of Moldova from 8 June 2019 until 14 November 2019, when the government collapsed after a vote of no-confidence. Sandu was Minister of Education from 2012 to 2015 and member of the Parliament of Moldova from 2014 to 2015, and again in 2019. Sandu was elected President of Moldova in a landslide victory during the 2020 Moldovan presidential election. The first female president of Moldova, Sandu is a strong supporter of the accession of Moldova to the European Union, overseeing Moldova's granting of candidate status, and is considered 'pro-Western'. She has criticised and opposed Russia's invasion of Ukraine and supported subsequent steps to reduce Moldova's economic dependence on Russia, frequently expressing sympathy and support for Ukraine in the conflict. Sandu has made anti-corruption, economic reform and liberalisation a central part of her political platform, as well as closer integration with Europe. In February 2023, she accused Russia of seeking to stage a coup of the Moldovan government and has continued to seek to reduce Russia's influence over the country.

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5. Mircea Snegur (1941 - 2023)

With an HPI of 57.66, Mircea Snegur is the 5th most famous Moldovan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Mircea Snegur (pronounced [ˈmirtʃe̯a ˈsneɡur]; 17 January 1940 – 13 September 2023) was a Moldovan agronomist and politician who served as the first President of Moldova from 1990 to 1997. Prior to that, he served as the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Moldavian SSR from 1989 to 1990 and chairman of the Supreme Soviet from 27 April to 3 September 1990.

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6. Vladimir Purishkevich (1870 - 1920)

With an HPI of 56.76, Vladimir Purishkevich is the 6th most famous Moldovan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Vladimir Mitrofanovich Purishkevich (Russian: Влади́мир Митрофа́нович Пуришке́вич, IPA: [pʊrʲɪˈʂkʲevʲɪt͡ɕ]; 24 August [O.S. 12 August] 1870, Kishinev – 1 February 1920, Novorossiysk, Russia) was a far-right politician in Imperial Russia, noted for his monarchist, ultra-nationalist, antisemitic and anticommunist views. Because of his restless behaviour, he was regarded as a loose cannon. At the end of 1916, he participated in the killing of Grigori Rasputin.

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7. Avigdor Lieberman (1958 - )

With an HPI of 54.86, Avigdor Lieberman is the 7th most famous Moldovan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 42 different languages.

Avigdor Lieberman (Hebrew: אביגדור ליברמן, romanized: Avigdor Liberman, IPA: [aviɡˈdor ˈliberman] ; born 5 June 1958) is a Soviet-born Israeli politician who served as Minister of Finance between 2021 and 2022, having previously served twice as Deputy Prime Minister of Israel from 2006 to 2008 and 2009 to 2012. Lieberman entered the Knesset in 1999, and has served in numerous roles in the government, including as Minister of National Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation, and Minister of Strategic Affairs. He served as Deputy Prime Minister under Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu. He served under Netanyahu as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2012 and 2013 to 2015 and as Minister of Defense from 2016 to 2018. On 14 November 2018, he resigned as Defense Minister because of a ceasefire in Gaza which he characterized as "surrendering to terror."He is the founder and leader of the secular nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party, whose electoral base initially consisted overwhelmingly of Russian-speaking immigrants from the former Soviet Union, but later attracted broader support. Lieberman has stated his opposition to forming a coalition with religious parties and refused to join Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition in April 2019. As a result of the arrival in Israel during the 1990s of about one million Russian-speaking immigrants, Yisrael Beiteinu has regularly played the "king-maker" role in Israel's coalition governments. He was replaced in the Knesset by Elina Bardach-Yalov when he became the finance minister.

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8. Petru Lucinschi (1940 - )

With an HPI of 54.71, Petru Lucinschi is the 8th most famous Moldovan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Petru Lucinschi (pronounced [ˈpetru luˈtʃinski]; born 27 January 1940) is a former Moldovan politician who was Moldova's second President from 1997 to 2001. He currently serves as the founder and head of the Lucinschi Foundation of Strategic Studies and International Relations.

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9. Meir Dizengoff (1861 - 1936)

With an HPI of 52.20, Meir Dizengoff is the 9th most famous Moldovan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Meir Dizengoff (Hebrew: מֵאִיר דִּיזֶנְגּוֹף, Russian: Меер Янкелевич Дизенгоф Meer Yankelevich Dizengof, 25 February 1861 – 23 September 1936) was a Zionist leader and politician and the founder and first mayor of Tel Aviv (1911–1922 as head of town planning, 1922–1936 as mayor). Dizengoff's actions in Ottoman Palestine and the British Mandate for Palestine helped lead to the creation of the State of Israel. David Ben-Gurion declared Israeli independence in 1948 at Dizengoff's residence in Tel Aviv. Dizengoff House is now Israel's Independence Hall.

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10. Mihai Ghimpu (1951 - )

With an HPI of 51.81, Mihai Ghimpu is the 10th most famous Moldovan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.

Mihai Ghimpu (born 19 November 1951) is a Moldovan politician who served as President of the Moldovan Parliament and Acting President of Moldova from 2009 to 2010. He was member of Parliament of Moldova from 1990 to 1998 and from 2009 to 2019. Ghimpu held the position of leader of Liberal Party (PL) from 1998 to 2018.

Pantheon has 27 people classified as politicians born between 1861 and 1977. Of these 27, 23 (85.19%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living politicians include Vladimir Voronin, Nicolae Timofti, and Emil Constantinescu. The most famous deceased politicians include Mircea Snegur, Vladimir Purishkevich, and Meir Dizengoff. As of April 2022, 4 new politicians have been added to Pantheon including Meir Dizengoff, Natalia Gavrilița, and Vladimir Konstantinov.

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