President of Transnistria

The president of Transnistria is the highest elected official of Transnistria, a small unrecognized country which declared independence from Moldova in 1990. The president of the republic is the country's head of state and is also commander in chief of its armed forces. Per the Constitution of Transnistria, he also represents the country abroad.

President of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic
Native names
  • Romanian: Președintele Republicii Moldovenești Nistrene
    Moldovan Cyrillic: Прешединтеле Републичий Молдовенешть Нистрене
    Russian: Президент Приднестровской Молдавской Республики
    Ukrainian: Президент Придністровської Молдавської Республіки
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Vadim Krasnoselsky

since 16 December 2016
Term length5 years
Formation3 December 1991; 30 years ago (1991-12-03)
First holderIgor Smirnov
DeputyVice President (1990–2011)
Prime Minister (2012–present)

The President of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, as Transnistria is officially called, is elected by the citizens of the republic on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot for a term of five years.

The current president is Vadim Krasnoselsky, since 16 December 2016. He was elected in the 2016 election and re-elected in the 2021 election.

Non-presidential heads of stateEdit

No. Portrait Name
Position Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1   Igor Smirnov
(born 1941)
Chairman of the Provisional Supreme Soviet 3 September 1990 29 November 1990 87 days CPSU
(1) Chairman of the Republic 29 November 1990 29 August 1991 273 days Independent
  Andrey Manoylov
29 August 1991 1 October 1991 33 days Independent
(1)   Igor Smirnov
(born 1941)
1 October 1991 3 December 1991 63 days Independent

List of presidents of TransnistriaEdit

No. Portrait Name
Term of office Political party Election Vice president(s) Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
1Igor Smirnov
(born 1941)
3 December 199130 December 201120 years, 27 daysIndependent
Alexandru Caraman
(1990 – 2001)
Sergey Leontiev
(2001 – 2006)
Aleksandr Korolyov
(2006 – 2011)
Office not established
2Yevgeny Shevchuk
(born 1968)
30 December 201116 December 20164 years, 352 daysIndependent2011Office abolishedPyotr Stepanov (2012–2013)
Tatiana Turanskaya (2013–2015)
Maya Parnas (2015)
Tatiana Turanskaya (2015)
Maya Parnas (2015)
Pyotr Stepanov (2015–2016)
3Vadim Krasnoselsky
(born 1970)
16 December 2016Incumbent5 years, 350 daysObnovlenie
Office abolishedAleksandr Martynov(2016–2022)
Aleksandr Rosenberg(from 2022)


Vadim KrasnoselskyYevgeny ShevchukIgor SmirnovAndrey Manoylov

Latest electionEdit

Turnout was significantly lower than in the 2016 elections.[1] However, the 25% threshold below which elections are not deemed valid was thus averted.[2]

Vadim KrasnoselskyIndependent113,62087.04
Sergey PynzarIndependent16,91412.96
Valid votes130,53491.25
Invalid/blank votes12,5208.75
Total votes143,054100.00
Registered voters/turnout405,29435.30
Source: BalkanInsight, CEC, CEC

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Voter turnout at Transnistria's presidential elections stands at 35.5% — CEC". TASS. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Voting in presidential election begins in Transnistria". TASS. Retrieved 13 December 2021.

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