A Murderer's Trail

A Murderer's Trail

Vitalie Proca

In November of 2012, a Mercedes pulled up to a home not far from downtown Bucharest, the capital of Romania. As the young driver got out of his car, a thin, blonde man in his early 30s emerged from the shadows and fired a dozen bullets from a Kalashnikov rifle into his chest and head. In an eerily similar scene, six months earlier in London, the same blonde man fired six bullets from a Makarov semi-automatic pistol into a Moldovan-Russian banker as he exited a London taxi near his apartment. As he left, he quietly dropped the gun. Both attacks were classic organized crime hits by a...

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Organized Crime Figure “Pisateli The Writer” Arrested In Moldova

Ion Anton Druta

Organized crime boss Ion Anton Druta, known as “Vanea” or “Pisateli The Writer” was arrested July 12 in Chisinau by the National Inspector of Investigations of the Republic of Moldova. According to state Police Chief Ion Bodrug, police had monitored Druta for a long time and arrested him the moment he tried to flee. This was immediately after the Chisinau Appeals...

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Buried In The Woods

Proca was arrested

The three assassinations that Robert Gîrleanu is charged with were committed in 2000 in the Ialoveni region in the Republic of Moldova. The victims were three Moldovan luxury car thiefs: Ilie Buruiană, Mihai Guzun and Andrei Plămădeală. They were kidnapped, tortured, and then executed with a semi-automatic pistol. Their bodies were burnt and buried in the woods. It took 9 ...

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The Black Banker’s Wars

Vitalie Proca

Gherman Gorbuntsov, aka “The Black Banker” owned a controlling interest in the Moldovan bank, Universalbank from 2008 to mid 2011. In August, 2011, 78 per cent of Universalbank shares were traded on the Moldovan stock exchange. The trades were a surprise to Gorbuntsov who immediately organized a press conference saying that he was the victim of a "raider attack"- a hostile takeover of his company based on...

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