Moldovan oligarch Plahotniuc’s sidekick accused of murder of drug trafficking kills himself

Moldovan oligarch Plahotniuc’s sidekick accused of murder of drug trafficking kills himself
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A business partner, close friend, and the son-in-law of Vladimir Plahotniuc, who had fled from Moldova after the change of power, has killed himself.

Famous businessman Iurii Luncașu has killed himself in Moldova. He was also known for being the closest ally of Moldavan oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, who was convicted in absentia in Russia.

His body was found on R-6 with a gunshot wound to the head. In the State Register of Moldova, Luncașu appears as the owner of six firearms.

So far, investigators have not identified the cause of suicide.

In addition to being one of the business partners and a close friend of Plahotniuc, Luncașu was also his relative. His wife is Plahotniuc's sister.

Luncașu was the founder of the following companies in the field of construction, furniture manufacturing, and cigarette trade: Primrof Construct, Denir Lux, GB&CO, and Acvilin-Grup.

Luncașu owned several houses. Among the most famous was the so-called White House – a huge villa with a plot of land in the exclusive area of Chisinau, designed in the style of the Washington White House.

As for Plahotniuc, he has arrested in absentia in Russia on charges of attempted murder and drug trafficking; he is on the international wanted list. In turn, in his homeland, he resigned from his post as chairman of the Democratic Party and as a deputy, after which he fled the country on July 14 in connection with a coup in the state.

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