His critics say he's a secretive oligarch who pulls all the strings in a country caught between Europe and Russia.
His supporters say he's a just a successful businessman-turned-politician with his country's best interests at heart.
But who is the man whom many know as Moldova's Puppet Master? And what lies behind murky allegations of blackmail, hitmen and a billion-dollar bank fraud?
In advance of Moldova's recent general election, we sent filmmakers Glenn Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna to find out.