Petru Lucinschi

President of Moldova (1997-2001)

Petru Lucinschi is a Moldovan politician who served as the second President of Moldova from 1997-2001. After a long career in Soviet politics, including a brief period as Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Lucinschi became involved in post-Communist politics in his own country after 1991, as a member of the Agrarian Party. He was Speaker of the Moldovan Parliament from 1993 until his election as President, and stood down four years later after calling a snap election. He has a PhD in Philosophy from the Russian Academy of Sciences.