List of Famous people born in Moldova

Famous People
Names and Surnames

Andrey Gaydulyan

First Name Andrey
Last Name Gaydulyan
Born on April 12, 1984 (age 38)

Andrey Sergeevich Gaydulyan is a Russian theater and film actor and is best known for the TV series Univer, Univer. New Dorm, and SashaTanya.

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Ion Cuțelaba

First Name Ion
Last Name Cuțelaba
Born on December 14, 1993 (age 29)

Ion Nicolae Cuțelaba is a Moldovan professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Vlad Stashevsky

Владислав Станиславович Твердохлебов
First Name Vlad
Last Name Stashevsky
Born on January 19, 1974 (age 49)
Born in Moldova

Vlad Stashevsky is a Russian pop singer.

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Dan Balan

First Name Dan
Last Name Balan
Born on February 6, 1979 (age 44)

Dan Mihai Bălan is a Moldovan musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is the founder of Moldovan eurodance band O-Zone, and wrote and produced their international hit single "Dragostea Din Tei", which topped the charts in over 27 countries and sold over 8 million copies worldwide. He is also the songwriter and performer of European hit-singles "Chica Bomb", "Justify Sex" and "Freedom".

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Eliahu Itzkovitz

First Name Eliahu
Died on November 30, 2014 (aged 44)

Eliahu Itzkovitz was a Romanian Jew of Moldavian descent who, while a prisoner in a concentration camp during the World War II, witnessed the murder of his family at the hands of a Romanian prison guard named Stănescu. Itzkovitz vowed to avenge his family's murder at the hands of a fellow Romanian, but was unable to find the murderer after the war. He subsequently emigrated to Israel where he served in the Israeli Defense Forces until he learned that Stănescu had enlisted in the French Foreign Legion, thus leading him to desert from the IDF and join the Foreign Legion. Itzkovitz was able to track down and kill Stănescu in French Indochina. He was later court-martialed in Israel for desertion and sentenced to one year in prison.

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Maia Sandu

First Name Maia
Last Name Sandu
Born on May 24, 1972 (age 50)

Maia Sandu is a Moldovan politician and the current President of Moldova since 24 December 2020. She is the former leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) and former Prime Minister of Moldova from 8 June 2019 until 14 November 2019. On 12 November 2019, Sandu's government fell after a vote of no-confidence, with 63 of the 101 MPs having voted on the motion submitted by the PSRM.

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Grigory Kotovsky

First Name Grigory
Born on June 24, 1881
Died on August 6, 1925 (aged 44)

Grigory Ivanovich Kotovsky was an adventurist, Soviet military and political figure, and participant in the Russian Civil War. He made a career from being a gangster and bank robber to eventually becoming a Red Army commander and member of the Central Executive Committee of the Soviet Union.

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Yuri Nikolaev

Юрий Александрович Николаев
First Name Yuri
Last Name Nikolaev
Born on December 16, 1948 (age 74)

Yuri Alexandrovich Nikolaev is a Soviet and Russian TV and radio host, actor. He was awarded the title of People's Artist of Russia in 1998, and since 2007 has been a member of the Academy of Russian Television. On 9 May 2007 he was awarded the Order of Friendship via presidential decree, and was awarded the Order of Honour on 14 January 2014 "for his great contribution in the development of national television, radio, print and many years of fruitful activity".

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Kira Muratova

Kira Gueórguievna Korotkova
First Name Kira
Last Name Muratova
Born on November 5, 1934
Died on June 6, 2018 (aged 83)

Kira Heorhiyivna Muratova was a Soviet and Ukrainian award-winning film director, screenwriter and actress, known for her unusual directorial style. Her films underwent a great deal of censorship in the Soviet Union.

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Alexander Oleshko

First Name Alexander
Last Name Oleshko
Born on July 23, 1976 (age 46)

Alexander Vladimirovich Oleshko is a Russian theater and film actor, TV presenter, singer, parodist. Honored Artist of Russia (2015). Member of the Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation.

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Svetlana Nikolaevna Kryuchkova

First Name Svetlana
Born on June 22, 1950 (age 72)

Svetlana Nikolaevna Kryuchkova is a Soviet and Russian actress.

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Bianna Golodryga

First Name Bianna
Born on June 15, 1978 (age 44)
Born in Moldova
Height 164 cm | 5'5

Bianna Vitalievna Golodryga is an American journalist who is currently serving as a senior global affairs analyst at CNN. She was previously the news and finance anchor at Yahoo! News. She was also previously co-anchor of the weekend edition of ABC's Good Morning America and a co-host of CBS This Morning.

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Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov

Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov is a Spanish-Moldovan tennis player. She represented Moldova from 2012 to 2013, until she gained Spanish citizenship in 2013.

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Artur Dalaloyan

First Name Artur
Last Name Dalaloyan
Born on April 26, 1996 (age 26)
Born in Moldova

Artur Grachyevich Dalaloyan is a Russian artistic gymnast of Armenian origin. He is the 2018 World All-Around champion, a five-time European champion, and a two-time Russian national all-around champion (2017-2018).

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Ilya Oleynikov

Илья Львович Клявер
First Name Ilya
Born on July 10, 1947
Died on November 11, 2012 (aged 65)

Ilya Lvovich Oleynikov was a Russian comic actor and television personality, TEFI winner, People's Artist of Russia (2001).

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Samuel Bronston

First Name Samuel
Last Name Bronston
Born on March 26, 1908
Died on January 12, 1994 (aged 85)

Samuel Bronston was a Bessarabian-born American film producer, film director, and a nephew of socialist revolutionary figure, Leon Trotsky. He was also the petitioner in a U.S. Supreme Court case that set a major precedent for perjury prosecutions when it overturned his conviction.

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Serhiy Tihipko

First Name Serhiy
Born on February 13, 1960 (age 63)

Serhiy Leonidovych Tihipko or Sergiy Tigipko is a Ukrainian politician and finance specialist who has been Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine. Tihipko was Minister of Economics in 2000 and subsequently served as Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine from 2002 to 2004. He ran unsuccessfully for President of Ukraine in the 2010 presidential election and participated in the 2014 presidential election, in which he placed fifth with 5.23 percent of the vote. Tihipko is also former Vice Prime Minister–Minister of social policy.

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Igor Kostin

First Name Igor
Born on December 27, 1936
Died on June 9, 2015 (aged 78)

Igor Fedorovich Kostin was one of the five photographers in the world to take pictures of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster near Pripyat in Ukraine, on 26 April 1986. He was working for Novosti Press Agency (APN) as a photographer in Kyiv, Ukraine, when he represented Novosti to cover the nuclear accident in Chernobyl. Kostin's aerial view of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was widely published around the world, showing the extent of the devastation, and triggering fear throughout the world of radioactivity contamination the accident caused, when the Soviet media was working to censor information regarding the accident, releasing limited information regarding the accident on 28 April 1986, until the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991.

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Igor Dodon

First Name Igor
Born on February 18, 1975 (age 48)

Igor Dodon is a Moldovan politician who was the President of Moldova from 23 December 2016 to 24 December 2020. Previously, he was the leader of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova. He served as Minister of Trade and Economics in the governments of Vasile Tarlev and Zinaida Greceanîi from September 2006 to September 2009 and was a member of the Parliament of Moldova from 2009 to 2016. He lost his bid for re-election in 2020 to Maia Sandu in a rematch whom he had defeated four years earlier in 2016.

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Xenia Deli

First Name Xenia
Born on October 27, 1989 (age 33)

Xenia Deli is a Moldovan-American model. She lives in Los Angeles, California. She has been featured on several fashion magazine covers, including Elle, FMD Magazine and Sport Illustrated of South Africa. She also starred in music videos, including "Thinking About You" and Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?" in 2015.

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