|Member of the Moldovan Parliament|
June 6, 1964 |
Chişinău, Moldavian SSR
He is a former teacher of literature and a former member of the parliament of the MSSR (Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic), within the USSR. After Transnistria's declaration of independence, September 2, 1990, he founded the official news agency Olvia Press. He was subsequently appointed Minister of Education, Science and Culture, a post he held until 1999 when he formed an opposition movement to Igor Smirnov and an opposition newspaper, founded in 2000, called Novaia Gazeta.
- Novaia Gazeta (in Russian)
- Tiraspol Times: "Outspoken Smirnov-critic Safonov launches presidential bid" (in English)
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