President of Transnistria

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President of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic
Native names
  • Romanian: Președintele Republicii Moldovenești Nistrene
    Moldovan Cyrillic: Прешединтеле Републичий Молдовенешть Нистрене
    Russian: Президент Приднестровской Молдавской Республики
    Ukrainian: Президент Придністровської Молдавської Республіки
Presidential Standard of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.svg
Vadim Krasnoselsky official photo 3.jpg
Vadim Krasnoselsky
since 16 December 2016
Seat Tiraspol
Term length 5 years
Formation3 December 1991;31 years ago (1991-12-03)
First holder Igor Smirnov
DeputyVice President (1990–2011)
Prime Minister (2012–present)

The president of Transnistria is the highest elected official of Transnistria, a small unrecognized country which declared independence from Moldova in 1990. The president of the republic is the country's head of state and is also commander in chief of its armed forces. Per the Constitution of Transnistria, he also represents the country abroad.


The President of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, as Transnistria is officially called, is elected by the citizens of the republic on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot for a term of five years.

The current president is Vadim Krasnoselsky, since 16 December 2016. He was elected in the 2016 election and re-elected in the 2021 election.

Non-presidential heads of state

PositionTerm of officePolitical party
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
1 Igor Smirnov (2017-10-04).jpg Igor Smirnov
(born 1941)
Chairman of the Provisional Supreme Soviet 3 September 199029 November 199087 days CPSU
(1)Chairman of the Republic29 November 199029 August 1991273 days Independent
No image.png Andrey Manoylov
29 August 19911 October 199133 days Independent
(1) Igor Smirnov (2017-10-04).jpg Igor Smirnov
(born 1941)
1 October 19913 December 199163 days Independent

List of presidents of Transnistria

Term of officePolitical partyElection Vice president(s) Prime minister(s)
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
Igor Smirnov (2017-10-04).jpg
Igor Smirnov
(born 1941)
3 December 199130 December 201120 years, 27 days Independent
Alexandru Caraman
(1990 – 2001)
Sergey Leontiev
(2001 – 2006)
Aleksandr Korolyov
(2006 – 2011)
Office not established
Yevgeny Shevchuk (
Yevgeny Shevchuk
(born 1968)
30 December 201116 December 20164 years, 352 days Independent 2011 Office abolished Pyotr Stepanov (2012–2013)
Tatiana Turanskaya (2013–2015)
Maya Parnas (2015)
Tatiana Turanskaya (2015)
Maya Parnas (2015)
Pyotr Stepanov (2015–2016)
Vadim Krasnoselsky official photo 3.jpg
Vadim Krasnoselsky
(born 1970)
16 December 2016Incumbent6 years, 13 days Obnovlenie
Office abolished Aleksandr Martynov (2016–2022)
Aleksandr Rosenberg (from 2022)


Vadim KrasnoselskyYevgeny ShevchukIgor Smirnov (politician)Andrey ManoylovPresident of Transnistria

Latest election

Turnout was significantly lower than in the 2016 elections. [1] However, the 25% threshold below which elections are not deemed valid was thus averted. [2]

Vadim Krasnoselsky Independent113,62087.04
Sergey Pynzar Independent16,91412.96
Valid votes130,53491.25
Invalid/blank votes12,5208.75
Total votes143,054100.00
Registered voters/turnout405,29435.30
Source: BalkanInsight, CEC, CEC

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  1. "Voter turnout at Transnistria's presidential elections stands at 35.5% — CEC". TASS. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  2. "Voting in presidential election begins in Transnistria". TASS. Retrieved 13 December 2021.