|Lucinschi Petru (secretar CC PCM, preşedinte a Republicii Moldova(1996-2000))|
|Lucinschi Petru (secretary of Central Committee CPM, president of Republic Moldova(1996-2000))|
|Лучинский Петру (секретарь ЦК КПМ, президент Республики Молдова (1996-2000))|
|Lucinschi Petru - secretary of Central Committee CPM, president of Republic Moldova(1996-2000)|
| Petru Chiril Lucinschi, ex-President of the Republic of Moldova, was born on January 27, 1940 in the village of Radulenii Vechi (Soroca uyezd). He graduated from the Chisinau State University in 1962 as a historian.
He is Doctor of Philosophy and Member of the Academy of Sociological Sciences of the Russian Federation.
The President of R. Moldova was born on January 27, 1940 in Radulenii Vechi village, Soroca judet. Attended State University of Moldova, with degree in history and philosophy. In 1977 became doctor of philosophy. In the period 1960-1978 worked for party and state authorities of Moldova. Starting with 1978 and till 1989 worked in responsible positions at the Central Committee of Communist Party in Tajikistan.
Being a conciliatory person, endowed with fine organizational skills, Petru Lucinschi, following the requests voiced at socially motivated meetings and demonstrations, returned to Moldova and took on the highest ranking position in the system: First Secretary of the Communist Party of Moldova.
He was instructor of the Central Committee of the Young Communist League of Moldova from 1963 to 1965, then First Secretary of the Balti Regional Committee of the Young Communist League of Moldova, Second Secretary in 1966 and First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Young Communist League of Moldova from 1967 to 1971, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Moldova from 1971-1976, First Secretary of the Chisinau City Committee of the Communist Party of Moldova, Member of the apparatus of the Central Committee of the Soviet Union since 1978, Second Secretary of the Communist Party of Tajikistan from 1986 to 1989, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Moldova from 1989 to 1991, Secretary of the Central Committee of the USSR Communist Party. He was elected repeatedly Member of the Supreme Council of the MSSR and the USSR. He was Moldova’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1992 to 1993. He was a Member of the Moldovan Parliament from the Agrarian Democratic Party of Moldova from 1990 to 1994, Chairman of the Parliament from February 1993 to December 1996. On December 1, 1996 he was elected the President of the Republic of Moldova; he obtained 27.7% votes in the first tour and 54% in the second one. He pursues an active foreign policy. He made a number of successful visits to the CIS countries, the Western States and to the USA. He supported the Democratic Party “Swallow” during the Parliamentary Elections. In 1999 he put forward an initiative to transform Moldova into a Presidential republic. His split with Dumitru Diacov caused a serious political crisis. He was decorated with the French Order of “The Honored Legion” in 1998. In 2001 he supported the Braghis Alliance. After his retirement from the post of the RM President he became Head of the Fund of Strategic Researches and Development of International Relations.
In 1991, at the invitation of Mikhail Gorbachev, he returned to Moscow at the Central Ruling Body, being secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Union. After the failed August coup d’etat, became senior scientific assistant at the Institute for Social and Political Research of the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Executive Director of Social Sciences Development Fund. In 1992 was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Moldova to Russian Federation. On February 4, 1993, by a landslide majority in the Parliament of XII legislature was elected speaker of Parliament. On March 29, 1994 was reelected as Speaker of Parliament of Moldova of XIII legislature. Following the presidential elections of December 1, 1996, Petru Lucinschi was elected President of Republic of Moldova.
The President of R.Moldova is married. His wife Antonina (died in 2005) is a teacher. The Lucinschi family has two children, Sergiu and Chiril.
Favorite color: blue. Favorite actor: Jean Gabin.
Favorite sport: swimming.
Favorite saying: «A wise person always finds a way out of any situation; a wise person never ends up in situations where he has to find a way out».
Favorite joke: «Can one buy an honest man? No, an honest man can only be sold».