For the past decade since he deserted the Communists and founded his own Socialist Party, Moldovan President Igor Dodon’s strategy has been to surround himself with loyal aides who can boast strong connections in Moscow.
Air force general Victor Gaiciuc is the latest, a Socialist Party MP and graduate of the Military-Political Academy in Moscow elevated on August 12 to the roles of presidential adviser on national defence and security and secretary of Moldova’s Supreme Security Council.
Gaiciuc’s predecessor as presidential adviser, Artur Gameniuc, was moved last month to the post of deputy director of the Moldovan Intelligence Services, SIS, raising questions from some in Moldova over Dodon’s increasing domination of the levers of power in the former Soviet republic.
Gaiciuc is known as an unflinching supporter of Dodon, godfather to Gaicuic’s son. His rise is seen by many as the president returning the favour.