Renato Usatîi

Renato Usatîi
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Mayor of Bălți
Assumed office
20 October 2019
Preceded byNicolae Grigorișin
In office
2 July 2015 – 15 February 2018
Preceded byVasile Panciuc
Succeeded byNicolae Grigorișin
Personal details
Renato Usatîi

(1978-11-04) 4 November 1978 (age 41)
Fălești, Moldovan SSR, USSR
CitizenshipRepublic of Moldova
Political partyPartidul Nostru (2014–)
"PaRUs" (2014)
"Patria" (2014)
Alma materAlecu Russo State University of Bălți
OccupationBusinessman, politician

Renato Usatîi (born 4 November 1978 in Fălești) is a Moldovan businessman and politician, since 13 April 2014 the chairman of Our Party, a left-wing populist opposition party.[2] In 2015, he was elected the mayor of Bălți with the support of around 72% of votes.[3] He is a leader of the pro-Russian opposition in Moldova.[4]

Usatîi graduated in foreign languages from the Bălți State University. In 2005 he started his own business, founding in Russia ″VPT-NN″, a company producing railway equipment. Since 2011, he was the major stakeholder of Universalbank, one of the major banks of Moldova.[5]

In July 2014, Russian banker German Gorbuntsov accused Renato Usatîi of hiring a gunman to kill him.[6]

On 23 October 2015 Usatîi was arrested in Chișinău and charged with illegal tampering of phone of Vlad Filat, the former prime-minister who himself was arrested for corruption charges. Usatîi confessed he indeed published the phone records but that he thinks it is a necessary measure in order to save the country from corruption.[7] On 25 October he was released; the charges were not dismissed.[8]

In October 2016 an national and international arrest warrant was issued by a Moldovan Court for Usatîi, .[9][10] Since then Usatîi stays in Russia. As mayor of Bălți, formally he is in a business travel.[11]

According to the last polls made in 2019 regarding the most popular politicians in the Republic of Moldova, Renato Usatîi is positioned on the ninth position[12] and in another opinion poll it was positioned on the tenth position among the politicians which Moldovans have trusted the most .[13]


  1. ^ Emisiunea „În Profunzime” cu Lorena Bogza: invitat Renato Usatîi, protv.md (in Romanian)
  2. ^ "Бизнесмен Ренато Усатый стал председателем "Нашей партии"". 14 April 2014. pp. Publika.md. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  3. ^ Бизнесмен Ренато Усатый лидирует на выборах мэра Бельцов в Молдавии (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Renato Usatîi a plecat la Moscova, dar promite noi dezvăluiri despre liderii de la guvernare" (in Romanian). realitatea.net. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  5. ^ Биография Ренато Усатого (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  6. ^ Marc Champion (24 November 2014). "Russia's Project Moldova". Bloombergview.com.
  7. ^ Братерский, Александр (23 October 2015). "Усатого взяли за прослушку". Gazeta.ru. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Молдавский оппозиционер Ренато Усатый освобожден из-под стражи". Izvestiya. 25 October 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  9. ^ Renato Usatîi a fost dat în căutare națională și internațională VIDEO (in Romanian)
  10. ^ http://www.mediafax.ro/externe/mandat-de-arestare-pe-numele-politicianului-moldovean-prorus-renato-usatii-aflat-la-moscova-15854829
  11. ^ http://www.prime.md/ro/usatii-din-nou-in-deplasare-oficiala-in-rusia-care-a-fost-decizia-consilierilor-municipali-din-balti_58971.html
  12. ^ "Sondaj BOP: Cei mai apreciați politicieni din Republica Moldova", UNIMEDIA, retrieved 13 February 2019
  13. ^ "Partidele care ar ajunge in legislativ daca duminica viitoare ar avea loc alegeri parlamentare. Top trei politicieni care se bucura de cea mai mare incredere. Sondaj iData", protv.md, retrieved 13 February 2019

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