Saturday, February 11, 2012

Vlad Filat

Vladimir Filat (born May 6, 1969) is a Moldovan politician, the Prime Minister of Moldova since 25 September 2009.

Education and Early Career
Vlad is the second child of Maria and Vasile Filat and was born on May 6, 1969, in Lăpuşna, a commune in the Moldavian SSR. Alongside his two sisters (Ala and Valentina) and brother Ion, Vlad grew up in a part of Lăpuşna called "Talcioc". In 1986, he graduated from high school in his hometown. Between 1986 and 1987, he worked at the school radio station until he was called up for military service. He carried out his compulsory military service in the Soviet army (May 8, 1987 – August 15, 1989), in Simferopol and Sevastopol.

From 1989 to 1990, he studied at the Cooperation College (Kooperativny technikum) of Chişinău, going on to study law at the University of Iaşi (1990-1994). As a student, he was the leader of the "League of students from Bessarabia in Romania", an organization formed by Moldovan students in Romania. In Iaşi, among his classmates was Alexandru Tănase. While he was a student in Iaşi, he met his wife Sanda in the autumn of 1991; they dated for only three months before they got married.

Between 1994-1998, Vlad Filat initiated and conducted more business in Romania. He was general director of "RoMold Trading SRL" in Iaşi (1994-1997) and the president of the Administrative Council of "Dosoftei" company in Iaşi (1997-1998).

Filat is married to Sanda Filat (legal name: Nadejda Filat), psychologist, and they have two children: Luca (b. 1995) and Iustina (nickname Tina, b. 1999).

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