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Police search offices of former Moldovan president

Police search offices of former Moldovan president

Moldova's economic crimes police have searched offices of businessman Oleg Voronin, the son of former Moldovan president Vladimir Voronin and one of the republic's richest men, a police spokesman said on Monday.

The searches were carried out as part of a criminal case initiated against the businessman. Voronin is accused of money laundering and tax evasion.

The spokesman said documents seized from Voronin's offices during the searches should be carefully analyzed.

"They invented this entire story," the businessman told a local TV channel.

"[Police] were everywhere - at my own firm, at my friends' firms. And [they] found nothing. There is nothing to be searched for there," he said, adding "if my father had not been a president, nobody would have been interested."

Vladimir Voronin, who has been Moldova's president in 2001-2009, is frequently criticized for monopolizing the country's economy for the benefit of his family, particularly, his son Oleg.

Voronin Jr. holds a majority interest in FinComBank, one of Moldova's largest banks. He is also believed to control a number of enterprises in banking, energy, construction and winemaking. (RIA Novosti


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