Several current and former officials of the government, prosecution office, police and Chisinau municipality built a luxury neighborhood in the village of Dumbrava, Truseni. The place, officially registered in 2001, is 12 kilometers away from Chisinau, bordering a forest. The village impresses by its luxurious cottages, enclosed by two-meter fences and gates, and picturesque landscaped gardens.

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The first impression that one gets is that Dumbrava is inhabited by millionaires with prosperous businesses. However, the reality shows that most of these luxury homes belong to former and current public servants with modest salaries, paid from the state budget. A lot of them have registered the buildings into the names of their close relatives, to not declare them in their income and property statements.    

There stands a newly built church in the center of the village. Its style is manifestly different from the style of Orthodox churches in Moldova.

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There are several modest houses in the village, built by those who stood their grounds and did not sell the land, allocated by the Truseni town hall to the generous buyers from Chisinau.

Residents of the sumptuous buildings are not seen in the streets of the village or in the local food store. Most of the cottages are protected by security agencies.

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"Rich people are living here, they don’t walk on the streets. We know only uncle Sandu, he is a police chief. He greets people", two children told us, when we tried to find out at least something about the residents of the castles in a Dumbrava.

The White House of the "government man"

In Prieteniei Street, there ascends a real royal palace at the edge of the forest.

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Built of white stone, the palace strikes by its size and grandeur. A fence of over one hundred meters long and of over two meters high protects its owners from the prying eyes of the passersby.

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Even if he has no such right, the owner decided to continue the fence into the wood.

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The neighbors claim the palace belongs to "a man from the Government", "The house has been built for three years. It is almost ready. Nobody saw the owner. The workers are brought directly into the yard, and then the gates are locked away."

We found out that the palace belongs to Alexandru Oleinic, a parliament member in 2001-2009 and later, in 2009-2011, Minister of Information Technologies.

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Alexandru Oleinic, Source: Timpul.md

Since 2012, he has been serving as chairperson of the National Fund for the Promotion and Protection of Investment. Along with the other leaders of Our Moldova Alliance, he formed, in 2012, the People's Party of Moldova, but failed to enter the Parliament.

According to the cadastral data, the real estate object has an area of ​​256 square meters, although visually, it looks at least twice as large. The politician bought the house in 2011. Coincidently or not, the building was originally registered into the name of Lucia Bagrin, who in March 2016, became a judge at the Center District Court of Chisinau.

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Lucia Bagrin. Source: CSM

In 2010-2011, Lucia Bagrin worked in the legal department of the Ministry of Information Technologies, when the institution was headed by Alexandru Oleinic. 

On 31 May 2013, the politician registered the property into the name of his father, Mihail Oleinic, an 80- year-old retiree from Edinet.

The deputy mayor arrested for corruption in a million-worth case

The deputy mayor of Chisinau, Vladimir Cotet, hit the headlines after being detained by officers of National Anticorruption Center for a bribe of 10 thousand euros. Having spent four months in custody, Cotet was placed under house arrest, so he moved home in Mihai Bot Street in Dumbrava.

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Cotet's household is enviable - a three-storied house, a garage, a beautifully landscaped yard. This massive gate is a work of art made by the smiths.

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Coincidently or not, the paved road ends if you go past the deputy mayor's gate.

Vladimir Cotet purchased his million-worth house in 2011, four years after his appointment to the position of deputy mayor, when the mayor’s office was taken over by the young Liberal Dorin Chirtoaca. The cadastral value of the building is assessed at less than 95 thousand lei, while experts claim that its real price is at least five million lei.

In May 2016, Cotet’s family put the house up for sale at the price of 200 000 euros, but soon they gave up. Vladimir Cotet said that nobody wanted to buy the property with outbuildings because the goods were pledged to Moldindconbank for two loans, one of 500 thousand lei, contracted in 2010 and due in 2020, and another of 300 thousand, contracted in 2011 and due by 2022. 

Cotet said that he had to sell a three-room apartment in Chisinau to buy the house, "This house was far from what it is now, I had to improve it a lot."

The official, investigated for corruption, claims that his colleagues from the City Hall arranged the opening of the case against him. "It’s a long time since they’ve been scheming against me. But the Lord sees everything. Their turn will come, too.  Dorin Chirtoaca and Nistor Grozavu, they are also targeted.  All in good time. I didn’t take part in the auctions. They are involved in auctions, from which they took large kickbacks."


Plahotniuc's generals - patriots of Dumbrava

The generals Valentin Zubic and Valentin Mejinschi live within 15 minute-walking distance. Apart from bearing the same name, they have worked and continue to work together, both of them installed state flags at the entrance of the palaces they hold in Dumbrava, for which local people call them "patriots". 

The two of them held important positions during the communist rule, and after the fall of Voronin, they came to head Vladimir Plahotniuc's security service

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Valentin Mejinschi. Source: Radio Plai

Valentin Mejinschi was director of the former CCCEC, current National Anticorruption Center, Minister of Internal Affairs and rose to the position of Deputy Prime Minister for corruption problems. The general lives in a cozy building in Fantinilor Street. People, living nearby, say they have never seen him in the street and do not know him by sight.

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A portion of over 150 meters of Fantinilor Street, exactly until the house where the former official lives, is freshly paved.

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Valentin Zubic was the deputy Minister of Internal Affairs during the communist times. The current Minister of Internal Affairs Alexandru Jizdan and the current head of the National Inspectorate of Police Alexandru Pinzari were in his immediate subordination. 

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Valentin Zubic. Source: MoldNews

In March 2011, the prosecutors filed charges against the former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs for the events of April 2009. However, now he no longer has any status in this criminal case. In March 2013, the Court of the Center District of Chisinau quashed the prosecutors’ indictment against Valentin Zubic.  Though it is known that it was Zubic, who led the intervention of police forces to the National Assembly Square on the night of 8 April 2009, when Valeriu Boboc was killed and hundreds of young people were detained and tortured in police stations.

The general’s family also live in a luxury house in Dumbrava. The sumptuous cottage in Buiucani Street was purchased in 2011 by the spouses Valentin and Victoria Zubic.

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The empty house of the former deputy prosecutor general

The house of the former deputy prosecutor general, Eugen Rusu, who is presently retired, is situated in close proximity to that of General Zubic. 

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Eugen Rusu. Source: Publika.md

His neighbors say that Rusu’s family does not live permanently in their cottage in Dumbrava. Eugen and Efimia Rusu have another house in Suceava Street, Chisinau, where they live since 2007.

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Eugen Rusu’s cottage in Dumbrava was built in three years. Once they purchased the land, Rusu’s family built the house, which was officially commissioned in the summer of 2011. The experts estimated the real estate object from Dumbrava at 200 thousand euros (over 4 mil. lei). Eugen Rusu also owns a three-room apartment in Chisinau. The press wrote earlier that Eugen Rusu had been allegedly involved in the illegal takeover of a bricks factory in Anenii Noi and that he helped a man to escape punishment for a crime committed in Italy.

Dumbrava is expanding

The builders are busily working on a construction site in the center of the village, opposite the church.

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Judging by the size of the site, there will be another splendid palace here. The workers say the site belongs to the brother of Gheorghe Cavcaliuc, deputy chief of the National Inspectorate of Police.

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Investigation, Dumbrava municipality
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