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
Vadim Krasnoselsky
since 16 December 2016
Term length5 years
Formation3 December 1991; 32 years ago (1991-12-03)
First holderIgor Smirnov
DeputyVice President (1990–2011)
Prime Minister (2012–present)

The president of Transnistria, officially the president of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, is the highest elected official of Transnistria. 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 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

No. Portrait Name
Position Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Igor Smirnov
(born 1941)
Chairman of the Provisional Supreme Soviet 3 September 1990 29 November 1990 87 days CPSU
(1) Chairman of the Republic 29 November 1990 29 August 1991 273 days Independent
Andrey Manoylov
29 August 1991 1 October 1991 33 days Independent
(1) Igor Smirnov
(born 1941)
1 October 1991 3 December 1991 63 days Independent

List of presidents of Transnistria

No. Portrait Name
Term of office Political party Election Vice presidents (before 2011),
Prime ministers
Took office Left office Time in office
Igor Smirnov
Igor Smirnov
(born 1941)
3 December 199130 December 201120 years, 27 daysIndependent
Alexandru Caraman
Sergey Leontiev
Aleksandr Korolyov
Yevgeny Shevchuk
Yevgeny Shevchuk
(born 1968)
30 December 201116 December 20164 years, 352 daysIndependent2011Pyotr Stepanov
Tatiana Turanskaya
Maya Parnas
Tatiana Turanskaya
Maya Parnas
Pyotr Stepanov
Vadim Krasnoselsky
Vadim Krasnoselsky
(born 1970)
16 December 2016Incumbent7 years, 40 daysObnovlenie
Aleksandr Martynov
Aleksandr Rosenberg


Vadim KrasnoselskyYevgeny ShevchukIgor Smirnov (politician)Andrey Manoylov

Latest election

Main article: 2021 Transnistrian presidential 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 KrasnoselskyIndependent113,62087.04
Sergey PynzarIndependent16,91412.96
Valid votes130,53491.25
Invalid/blank votes12,5208.75
Total votes143,054100.00
Registered voters/turnout405,29435.30
Source: BalkanInsight, CEC, CEC

See also


  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.