Nelly Ciobanu, who represented Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with “Hora din Moldova”, has been appointed ambassador to Interpol’s awareness campaign Turn Back Crime (and no, it has nothing to do with the Cher song of a similar name). 

Nelly Ciobanu Turn Back Crime

The Moldovan press reports that the Eurovision star has been named ambassador of this campaign on the 100th anniversary of Interpol, which coincided with the 20th anniversary of the organisation’s National Central Bureau in Chisinau. Turn Back Crime’s objective is to help citizens worldwide understand crime in all its forms and the role they can play in protecting themselves against crime in their daily lives.

Present at the event, the chief of Interpol, Secretary General Ronald K. Noble praised Moldova’s commitment to Interpol and the wider law enforcement community as the country marked the 20th anniversary of its membership of the world police body. He recalled how in July, as part of Operation Black Poseidon against the trafficking of illicit goods, NCB Chisinau joined its counterparts in Belarus, Georgia, Turkey, and Ukraine to arrest 1,400 suspected criminals and seize 7.3 million illicit goods.

Newly appointed Interpol ambassador Nelly Ciobanu is set to help, with peaceful and diplomatic means, the efforts to raise awareness about the impact of criminality on the lives of Moldovans who reside both in their home country and abroad. Given her success at Eurovision, we wouldn’t put it past her. In 2009, Nelly Ciobanu finished 14th in the Grand Final, but left a lasting impression on Moldova’s Eurovision record.

What do you think? Will the fiery red-head (now a fierce blonde) who invited us to dance to “Hora din Moldova” be able to help crack down the organised crime?


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7 years ago

Confession: I started singing the Cher song; sorry, Bogdan!