Romanian businessman Ștefan Mandachi built a one-meter stretch of motorway in protest for the government’s failure to build any in his native Moldova region.
Moldova – a historic Romanian region neighboring the Republic of Moldova and the Ukraine on the east – has an area of 35,806 square kilometers, falling in size between the U.S. state of Maryland and Netherlands in Europe, but does not have any motorways. Except, that is, the single meter – complete with foundation, asphalt top, markings and road signs – built by Mandachi.
The 33-year-old businessman, who owns a series of restaurant franchises, the biggest one comprised of 40 Greek-style fast food eateries, has also issued a challenge. On March 15 at 15:00 hours he will close all his businesses across the country in protest for the lack of motorways and asked everyone willing to join his protest to challenge three other businesspeople to do so. He challenged Ion Țiriac, Gigi Becali and Viorel Cataramă, three of the county’s richest businessmen to do the same.
Cataramă has already accepted the challenge.
Title image: Ștefan Mandachi during the construction of the motorway stretch.