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Igor Dodon[a] (pronounced [ˈiɡor doˈdon]; born 18 February 1975) is a Moldovan politician who has been the President of Moldova since 23 December 2016. Previously he was the leader of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova. He served as Minister of Trade and Economics in the governments of Vasile Tarlev and Zinaida Greceanîi from September 2006 to September 2009 and was a member of the Parliament of Moldova from 2009 to 2016.

Igor Dodon
Igor Dodon (01.2017; cropped).jpg
5th President of Moldova
Assumed office
23 December 2016
Prime MinisterPavel Filip
Preceded byNicolae Timofti
First Deputy Prime Minister
In office
31 March 2008 – 14 September 2009
Prime MinisterZinaida Greceanîi
Preceded byZinaida Greceanîi
Succeeded byIurie Leancă
Minister of Economy and Trade
In office
18 September 2006 – 14 September 2009
Prime MinisterZinaida Greceanîi
Preceded byValeriu Lazăr
Succeeded byValeriu Lazăr
Personal details
Born (1975-02-18) 18 February 1975 (age 44)
Sadova, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union (now Moldova)
Political partyParty of Communists (Before 2011)
Party of Socialists (2011–2016)
Independent (2016–present)
Spouse(s)Galina Dodon (m. 1999)
Children3 (Vlad, Nicolae, and Bogdan)
Alma materAgricultural State University of Moldova
WebsiteOfficial website



Igor Dodon was born on 18 February 1975 in Sadova village in the Călărași District of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic to Nikolai (died 2012[3]) and Galina Dodon. He studied economics at the Agricultural State University of Moldova and received a doctorate in 1998 from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova.[4] From 1997 to 2005, he worked as an assistant professor and lecturer in the academic field.[5] This is where he would meet his wife Galina in May 1995.[6]

Besides his wife, Dodon has three children who are all boys.[7][8] His oldest son Vladislav (Vlad) is a passionate player of water polo.[9] Aside from his native Romanian, he also speaks Russian, French, and English.[10]

On 9 September 2018, Dodon was involved in a car accident on the Chisinau-Călărași highway. Although Dodon wasn't injured himself, his mother and his middle son Nicolae sustained serious injuries.[11][12] His accident came hours after Abkhazian Prime Minister Gennadi Gagulia was killed in a car accident in the Abkhazian city of Myussera.

Political careerEdit

Laying wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow.

Dodon was appointed to the post of Associate Minister of Trade and Economics in May 2005, during the second Tarlev Cabinet. He assumed the position of Minister of Trade and Economics in September 2006. He held the position until September 2009, when the government of Zinaida Greceanîi ended. Dodon also held the post of Associate Prime Minister under Greceanîi from 2008 until 2009.[13]

In June 2011, Dodon lost to Dorin Chirtoacă in the election for mayor of Chișinău. He took 49.4% of the vote.[14]

In November 2011, Dodon left the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) citing hopes that a deal could be worked out with the ruling Alliance for European Integration to elect a president and end a constitutional crisis that had dragged on since the resignation of Vladimir Voronin in 2009.[15] Greceanîi and Veronica Abramciuc left at the same time.[16][17] On 18 December 2011, Dodon joined the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) and was elected chairman of the party.[18][19]

On 16 March 2012, three former communists (Dodon, Greceanîi and Abramciuc) voted for the Alliance for European Integration (AIE) candidate Nicolae Timofti as President of Moldova. Later, Dodon stated that he regretted his vote for Timofti.[20][21]

After he was elected as the President of Moldova, due to specifics of Moldovan law, Dodon resigned as PSRM chairman and left the party, being replaced by Zinaida Greceanîi as interim leader.[22]

According to the polls carried out in 2019 related to the most respected politicians of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon enjoys the highest trust, ranking first among politicians in which Moldovans have the highest trust.[23][24][25][26][27][28]

Political viewsEdit

Igor Dodon is considered a pro-Russian politician and in favor of the federalization of Moldova.[29][30]


The proposed flag for Moldova by PCRM and PSRM

In 2010, the Party of Communists (PCRM) started promoting a new official flag for Moldova.[31] In March 2012, Igor Dodon and the Party of Socialists (PSRM) invited PCRM to initiate a referendum to change the national flag of Moldova from the original tricolour (similar to Romania's, except charged with Moldova's coat of arms) to a red-blue bicolor flag.[32][33] The proposed flag is considered by the Academy of Sciences of Moldova as a "pure political invention".[31]

Igor Dodon and Vladimir Putin, 2017

In November 2012, Dodon posted on his Facebook profile a photo that shows him wearing clothes printed with a patch of the Russian flag, which was criticized as a sign of Dodon's alleged Russophilia.[34]

In November 2014, the socialist politician of Russian ethnicity Valentin Crîlov [ro] accused Igor Dodon of being an "instrument of scenarios that would cause 'bloodshed' in Moldova", and labeled the Party of Socialists as "being in the service of another country" such as Russia. He also accused the party of becoming a threat to the "stability, peace and the very existence" of the Republic of Moldova and its extraordinarily large base of financial resources — the origin of which bear "reasonable doubt".[35][36]

In October 2016, during the presidential election campaign, Igor Dodon affirmed that Crimea, the subject of a territorial dispute between Russia and Ukraine, "is a territory of the Russian Federation".[37][38] In January 2017 Dodon stated that Moldova would not officially recognize Crimea as Russian, stressing that "we need to build friendships with Ukraine, we need to solve the Transnistrian problem."[39]

On 17 October 2017, the Constitutional Court of Moldova decided that Dodon is temporarily unable to perform his duties for failing to swear in proposed Defence Minister Eugen Sturza.[40]

On 2 January 2018, the Constitutional Court of Moldova decided that Dodon is temporarily unable to perform his duties for failing to swear in a number of seven ministers.[41]

Several days later the Constitutional Court once again temporarily suspended Dodon, due to his veto on a bill on restricting Russian news broadcasts. This allowed the parliament to bypass his veto and enact a law restricting Russian television broadcasts.[42] The law bans television channels from broadcasting news and analytical programs from countries that have not signed the regional agreement for the European Broadcasting Area, such as Russia.[42]


Dodon in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2017.

Dodon was sworn in on December 23, 2016 in the Palace of the Republic.[43] Three days later, the flag of the European Union that was hanging next to the Moldovan flag was removed from the building of the Moldovan presidential administration. On January 4, 2017, in the Dodon met with the President of the breakaway republic of Transnistria Vadim Krasnoselsky. This meeting was the first meeting of the leaders of Moldova and Transnistria in 8 years.[44] His first two international visits were to Moscow, and Brussels.[45][46] In 2018, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was the first foreign head of state to meet Dodon in Moldova.[47] Dodon has also acted to make the Russian language mandatory in Moldovan schools.[48]

On May 5, 2018, Dodon announced a campaign, which would bring legislation into parliament, which would transition Moldova from a parliamentary republic to a presidential republic.[49]

In early September 2018, Dodon was in a motorcade travelling near Strășeni when a non-articulated medium truck, travelling in the opposite direction on a two-lane road, in rain, crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with Dodon’s car and a following official vehicle. Dodon received scratches in the incident, but was not hospitalised.[50] Later that month, he was again suspended from his duties for not approving the candidate for Minister of Health.[51]

Dodon attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final in July 2018.

On 16 October 2018 Dodon declared that his country would be prepared to host a Pan-Orthodox Council, where the situation with the Ukraine autocephaly and the Moscow–Constantinople schism should be discussed. He also said that "Moldova will remain a canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate."[52][53][54]

In December 2018, following his state visit to Israel, he reportedly said that he is considering moving the Moldovan embassay from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.[55]

In early 2019, President Dodon ordered a National Coordination Committee to plan national events and celebrations dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Moldova in the Jassy–Kishinev Offensive. The events would include the restoration or reconstruction of monuments and military graves and the filming of a documentary on the offensive.[56] At the same time, Dodon presided over the celebrations of the 660th anniversary of Moldovan statehood in early February.

Position on TransnistriaEdit

Dodon has regularly changed his stance on the future of Transnistria. At the beginning of his presidency, he suggested that Moldova be federalized. Currently, Dodon believes that the region should receive autonomous status like Gagauzia. In regards to the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers, Dodon supports the Moldovan parliament on this issue.[57]


  1. ^ Unofficially also with patronymic as Igor Nicolaevici Dodon (pronounced [ˌnikolaˈe.vitʃʲ]), as a Romanianization of the full former Soviet (Russian) name.[1][2]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Nicolae Timofti
President of Moldova