On the trail of CIJM investigations// Socialist Maxim Moroșan, banned in Romania

Viorica Mija
Colaj CIJM

Socialist candidate, counncilor Maxim Moroșan, vying for the mayoral position in Bălți, has been barred from entering Romania. Moroșan himself announced this, stating that his first venture into European space was turned upside down. The Anticoruptie.md portal revealed in the investigation "UNDERWORLD LEADERS AND...PHILANTHROPISTS. The cross-border invasion of "Russian kindness" that the organization Moroșan leads, "Sunt Balțean," has a convoluted background, with leaders strongly influenced by Russian propaganda. Charitable expenses often lead to the IFAVIS Association, led by Grigore Caramalac, alias "the Bulgarian," a refugee in Moscow and included on the EU's list of sanctioned individuals. Additionally, a cross-border scheme of "Russian kindness" is implemented in Ukrainian territories illegally annexed by the Russian Federation. The role of philanthropists is also played by two Russian citizens with proper documents and flourishing businesses in Moscow, who are deeply interested in processes in Moldova, their home country, and in Ukraine.

Moroșan declared that on Tuesday morning, he was turned away at the border after being refused entry on grounds of posing a threat to Romania's national security.

"For an hour and a half, they kept me at the border crossing, only to inform me eventually that entry to Romania was denied. Paradoxically, the ban was imposed on me due to an alleged 'threat to Romania's national security,' despite it being my first visit to the country. I had never visited European countries before," wrote Moroșan.

Maxim Moroșan came into the public eye after several controversial actions in Bălți. Although originally from the Republic of Moldova, he resided in the Russian Federation for an extended period and holds valid citizenship documents there. For years, he entertained Muscovites as an entertainer under the stage name Максим Бельский (Maxim Belsky). His profile is currently active on the website www.acmodasi.ru. Consequently, he participated in several events organized by the Russian Federation's governmental institutions, with the diplomas and medals he obtained serving as evidence of his close ties to them. With connections in high-ranking power structures, Moroșan transitioned from his entertainment career to establish his own business in car servicing.

The "Sunt Balțean" Association was founded in 2013, with Maxim Moroșan serving as its "interface" and leader, although he was never an administrator of the organization. Different individuals have been mentioned in official documents since its inception, and currently, the association's president is boxer Dmitri Galagoț. The athlete assumed leadership in June 2022 after politician Mihail Ahremtsev, known for his radical pro-Russian views, resigned. In 2020, Ahremtsev set fire to a map of Greater Romania just before Romanian President Klaus Iohannis's visit to Chisinau.

In 2020, Moroșan became president of the Union of Moldovan and Russian Entrepreneurs, headquartered in Moscow's historical center. Since then, his visits to his homeland have become more frequent. The first actions undertaken in Moldova targeted the sports sector, with the Union providing free equipment to sports schools in Bălți, Drochia, and Călăraşi. However, images reveal that the donations actually originate from the IFAVIS Foundation led by "thief in law" Grigorii Caramalac, with whom Moroșan has close relations.

IFAVIS sponsors sports clubs and charity events not only in Moldova but also in Ukraine. In the neighboring country, Irina Andruh acts as the contact person, leading the association "Мир Луганщине” (“Mіr Luganshchіne”), which, according to the official website, boasts more than 100 thousand members. The association was founded in 2014 after the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

Most purportedly charitable or sports-patriotic actions are organized in Ukraine by Caramalac and Moroshan. Russian press reports abound with such events, during which generous donations are made. However, the investments' ultimate aim is far-reaching, as the promoted messages aim to instill in beneficiaries the idea of the "kindness of the Russian world," despite the ongoing war in Ukraine.


Viorica Mija

Textele de pe pagina web a Centrului de Investigații Jurnalistice www.anticoruptie.md sunt realizate de jurnaliști, cu respectarea normelor deontologice și sunt protejate de dreptul de autor. Preluarea textelor știrilor și a investigațiilor jurnalistice se realizează în limita maximă de 500 de semne. În mod obligatoriu, în cazul paginilor web (portaluri, agenții, instituţii media sau bloguri) trebuie indicat şi linkul direct la articolul preluat de pe www.anticoruptie.md în primul alineat, iar în cazul posturilor de radio și TV – se citează obligatoriu sursa.

Preluarea integrală a textelor se poate realiza doar în condiţiile unui acord prealabil semnat cu Centrul de Investigații Jurnalistice.

Follow us on Telegram