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Vladimir Nicolaevici Voronin (Russian: Владимир Николаевич Воронин, Vladimir Nikolaevich Voronin) (born May 25, 1941) is a Moldovan politician. He has been the President of Moldova since 2001 and the First Secretary of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) since 1994. He is Europe's first democratically elected communist head of state after the dissolution of Eastern Bloc.

Vladimir Voronin was born in the village of Corjova, Dubăsari district of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic. Despite his russified name, his ethnic origins are Romanian. His grandfather was Isidor Sârbu, an anticommunist fighter in Romania after 1944. Voronin's mother, Pelagheia Bujeniţă, died on July 2, 2005.

Voronin graduated from the Cooperation College (Kooperativny technikum) of Chişinău (1961), the All-Union Institute for Food Industry (1971), the Academy of Social Sciences of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1983), and the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Soviet Union (1991).

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