The Chisinau police officers, like most Moldovans, are divided into rich and poor. While some of the police chiefs enjoy their lives in true palaces and boast luxury cars, many of those who are forced to execute their orders, can barely support their families. In order to be able to pay their rent, some police officers are looking for extra jobs in their leisure time, providing taxi or guard services. Those who do not have a family to support, are facing the reality more ingeniously, staying at the office desk overnight on a folding bed, which they hide during the day behind the cabinet.
In most cases, the policemen who have only salary income, and who won’t dare to take a glass of seeds from an old woman without paying it, or hide in the bushes with the radar in order to catch a speeding man and drain his money, lead a pretty modest lifestyle. We are talking about those policemen who are put in the front line when they are stoned or swindled by the angry people with those who take bribes. We are talking about those who risk their lives, they are directly confronting criminals for a modest state remuneration, but won’t forget about decency.
Likewise, not all policemen, who have become bosses, have gotten rich. There are also those who have reached the rank of colonel who continues to rent an apartment, without the posibility of moving with their family in their own home in the near future.
How do Chiefs of the Police Inspectorates in Chisinau live?
Corneliu Groza is 43 years old and is Chief of the Chisinau Police Department since May 4, 2016. In addition to the position in Chisinau police, Groza also has a cosmetic products business.
Corneliu Groza obtained his first leading position, the head of cross-border and informational criminal section of the MIA Transport Police Directorate, in 2003, when he was 29 years old.
The head of the police in the capital lives with his family in a villa located on the "Vierul" territory of the Codru City Hall, which allows him not to pay property tax, but only for the two lands for the garden.
Corneliu Groza says he came into possession of the property, valued at half a million lei, in 2003, the year when he first became chief, after having spent one year inspector in the criminal police, and another six, as an inspector in the economic police.
The Groza family villa, which according to the 2016 Fortune Declaration for the year 2016 has an area of 138 square meters, and differs greatly from the constructions of the other neighbors.
On a wall of the house, the initials of Corneliu Groza and his wife, Elena are written.
Corneliu Groza also declares an auxiliary construction of 116 square meters. The entire house is surrounded by a high fence and is supervised by video cameras.
The Chişinău police chief says he owns an Opel model car, produced in 2012, which he bought four years later with 5,000 euros. Several drivers who live in the sector said they were indignant that the "wife of the commissar," who drives a silver car often does not give way. The "commissar" is also often seen at the wheel of a black JEEP.
Corneliu Groza also owns 50 percent of the land, with an area of 0.058 ha, valued at 700 thousand lei, and a land of 0.067 ha, valued at 88.9 thousand lei, which would have been donated in 2010.
According to the social networks, the police chief’s wife, Elena Groza, works at Christina cosmetics factory in Romania.
Corneliu Groza says he owns 50 percent of the Exclusiv Group in Chisinau, a company that is the official distributor of Christina and Geltek cosmetics, and 90 percent of the exclusive Cristina company in Ilfov, Romania.
Chisinau Police chief’s house, registered on his retired mother
Ion Bilibov was appointed Head of the Police Inspectorate of the Center District of Chisinau Municipality in February, 2016, at the age of 43.
Previously, Bilibov was head of the Police of Ialoveni district for almost two years. During that period, the Metropolitan of Chisinau and Moldova, Vladimir, decorated Bilibov with the order "Church merit" III, "for diligent work for the good of the Orthodox Church."
Although in his 2016 wealth declaration, Ion Bilibov appears as a poor policeman, almost homeless, he lives in a dream house in Dumbrava, the commune of Tuseni, a suburb of Chisinau.
The house is supervised by video cameras, and security is provided by Bercut.
Both the land and the house are registered under the name of Eleni Bilibov, the policeman's retired mother, who lives in the village of Puhoi, Ialoveni district. The land was procured in July 2013, and in September 2016 the house was put into operation.
Bilibov's neighbors confirm that he lives there.
Shortly before building his white house, Bilibov built a yellow house, which was also registered on his retired parents.
The land was procured in November 2008 and the house was put into operation in April 2011, being sold two years later to Mihai Butucel. However, there is an exchange contract with the Cadastre. Recall that in February 2016, while he was the head of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mihai Butucel was detained by the NAC officers after he offered bribe to a service colleague in the amount of 25,000 euros . The officer's offer also included an apartment, if his colleague had refused the money. The briber was a businessman who wanted to win a lawsuit at any cost with the Ministry of Agriculture.
Ion Bilibov says he has bought in 2016 a Skoda Superb car, manufactured in the same year.
However, the Police Head often comes to work with an Audi Q7 car.
The price of such a car varies between 47 and 65 thousand euros, depending on the technical parameters.
Buiucani police chief and the business with flowers
A few hundred meters down from Ion Bilibov lives Lilian Pascaru, head of the Buiucani Police Inspectorate. The colonel Pascaru became head of Buiucani Police in February, 2016, when he was 39 years old. In the past, he held several positions of responsibility in the police.
Pascaru's household is not worse than that of his neighbor and colleague in the Center sector.
The security service is provided by the State Guard and State Protection Division of the Ministry of Interior.
The family also owns an apartment, a garage and two commercial spaces.
It seems that the Buiucani police chief prefers BMW cars. In 2015, Pascaru purchased a BMW produced in 2010, and in 2016 one produced a year earlier. According to wealth statements, during the years Pascaru would have changed several BMW model cars. The latest model costs around 38,000 euros.
Pascaru's wife, Aliona, is the founder of three companies and manager at four. The family, which owns nearly three hectares of agricultural land, would also have a nursery. At the same time, some of Aliona Pascaru's companies deal with flower marketing.
The "April Hero" from Ciocana
Ruslan Saachian became head of the Ciocana Police Inspectorate in May, 2016. Earlier, Colonel Saachian worked in the institution as Chief of Criminal Police. It is said that Saachian would be Corneliu Groza’s relative.
According to the 2016 income statement, the first 70-square-meter apartment was procured in 2004. Five years later, Saachian is buying an apartment of 63 square meters. Then, in 2009, the name of Ruslan Saachian, who was Chief of Criminal Police in Chisinau, became known to the public for the atrocities committed by the police during the April anti-communist protests.
In 2013, Saachian was suspended from office, being investigated in an internal investigation, initiated at the MIA request, on the road traffic accident produced by police mayor, Andrei Axenti. The policeman, being in-service hours, consumed alcoholic beverages and sat at the wheel, then hit four pedestrians. The colonel Saachian was reinstated by the court, even if the investigation was not completed.
Saachian officially declares ownership of a Toyota Corolla, manufactured in 2007, which it purchased in 2012 with 80,000 lei. Some sources say they saw the Chief of Police at Ciocana at the wheel of a modern black Mercedes.
The "poor" chiefs from Râşcani and Botanica
The heads of the Police Inspectorates in the Riscani and Botanica sectors seem to take it much more modestly than their colleagues mentioned above.
Sergiu Paiu, the head of the Police Inspectorate of the Rascani sector, has only one apartment of 147 square meters.
The Paiu family also owns two cars, bought at very good prices, a Dacia-Logan that would have cost him 4,000 lei and a VW-Passat produced in 2011 and purchased in 1016 with only 10,000 lei .
The couple has to pay by 2025 a loan of 200,000 lei, contracted in 2015 to MobiasBanca. Thus, the Paiu family will have to make serious savings because the only declared income is the husband's salary, his pension of 65,000 lei per year and the salary of his wife who works as a typist.
Even more modest seems to be he life of Puiu's colleague, Nicolae Cicariov, head of the Botanica Police Inspectorate. Cicariov was appointed head of Botanica Police in February 2016, when he was 37 years old, after having worked for several years as a criminal police inspector, especially in the discovery of patrimonial thefts.
However, Cicariov owns 0.6 ha of forest land and a 100-square-meter home, which was donated to him in 2013. In 2015, Cicariov bought a Toyota Corolla, manufactured in 2005, with 2,800 euros.
How do ordinary policemen live?
On St. George's Street in the center of the capital, next to a newly-built block, there is an old and twisted-up building with two levels. There are never seen luxury cars in the yard, perhaps only every once in a while, and those were brought many in the country many years ago, and which were purchased on second-hand cars in Europe.
In this building, which is almost the same size as the houses of some high ranking dignitaries or police chiefs, is actually the dorm of the National Patrolled Inspectorate.
About 20 police families live in this building. A family of three people has a room of 9-12 square meters. Only couples with more children "enjoy" more spacious rooms, about 18 square meters. Otherwise, the sanitary block, the kitchen and the toilet are common. Women warm water buckets at the stove to wash their children in plastic lavatories right in the rooms that serve them as bedrooms, as living rooms, as an anteroom, and as offices for schoolchildren. The narrow and dark corridors become even more tight due to bins, hanging clothes to dry, shoes in front of doors, buckets, or children's toys. There is simply nowhere else to put these objects.
The residents of this home are not too willing speak when asked about living conditions. The deontology and the fear that they will be sanctioned by bosses prevent them from talking. A young cop, who receives 3,000 lei a month, has a little girl, whom he left in the care of her grandparents. The living conditions do not allow him to keep her near.
More talkative turned out to be the wives of the cops, who were crammed into the kitchen. Salaries, less than 5,000 lei, allow them only to dream of a nest. The only rescue they see is to go abroad.