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China: Xi Jinping's plans, the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine

Although it officially has a close partnership with Russia, China is in no hurry to support it now, when it faces economic and military issues as a result of the invasion of Ukraine. With the image affected by the way it handles the current pandemic wave, Beijing does not need more negative publicity now that Xi Jinping is preparing for a new term at the helm of the country. Moreover, the war in Ukraine seems to have affected China's plans to bring Taiwan under its control.

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How May 9 turned from a celebration of the might of Russia and the USSR into a day of solidarity with Ukraine
Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș  |  11 May 2022

How May 9 turned from a celebration of the might of Russia and the USSR into a day of solidarity with Ukraine

Outside Russia, Moscow’s representatives and supporters tried to mark Victory Day in ex-Soviet and ex-communist countries, but in most cases, their actions were overshadowed by protest actions against Russia’s acts of aggression or demonstrations of solidarity with Ukraine. Veridica’s contributors in ex-Soviet and ex-communist states have closely followed May 9 celebrations.


How Russians feel about the “special operation” in Ukraine and how long before Putin’s approval rating subsides

How Russians feel about the “special operation” in Ukraine and how long before Putin’s approval rating subsides

A survey carried out by an independent center a month since the start of the war in Ukraine shows massive support from the Russian population for the so-called “special operation”, as well as for the Putin administration. The support might diminish as the people start feeling the effects of the conflict and of international sanctions.

Angela Grămadă
Angela Grămadă
05 May 2022
Transnistria, Găgăuzia, Bălți. Challenges in the Republic of Moldova ahead of Victory Day.

Transnistria, Găgăuzia, Bălți. Challenges in the Republic of Moldova ahead of Victory Day.

As May 9 draws closer, the day when Russia and other ex-Soviet countries celebrate the victory against Nazi Germany, the number of incidents impacting Moldova’s weak spots increases. In Găgăuzia or Bălți, there are voices calling for breaching the law banning the symbols associated with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Several unclaimed “attacks” have taken place in Transnistria.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
03 May 2022
The Russian independent media writes about how Moscow hides its military causalities in Ukraine and the Russians who oppose the war

The Russian independent media writes about how Moscow hides its military causalities in Ukraine and the Russians who oppose the war

The Russian independent media continue to report on the war in Ukraine and its impact on the people of Russia, on the Russian soldiers who have disappeared during the invasion and the families that are looking for them, on young people who are forced to sign contracts to fight in the war, or on Russian citizens protesting against the aggression, even if they risk their freedom and their lives.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
03 May 2022
In search of alternatives to Russian petrol, the West might resort to “smaller Russias”

In search of alternatives to Russian petrol, the West might resort to “smaller Russias”

Europe’s reliance on large energy imports from Russia prevents the adoption of sanctions meant to deprive Moscow of sizable revenues, which it can use to feed its war machine. The West is looking for replacements, but unfortunately these are more often than not “smaller Russias” – authoritarian regimes that also stand accused of violating human rights.

Ionuț Iamandi
Ionuț Iamandi
30 Apr 2022

DISINFORMATION: The pro-European government of Moldova is to blame for the increases in public transportation fees, introduced by the socialist mayor of Chișinău

The PAS government is responsible for the imminent increase in public transportation fees in Chișinău, because it allowed for an increase in fuel prices, Chișinău city hall councilman, Alexandr Odițov, has said. His statement was publicized by a number of news agencies controlled by the Socialists. In fact, fuel prices went up as a result of a global increase in energy prices.

FAKE NEWS: The government of the Republic of Moldova is being challenged by the population for supporting Ukraine
Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache  |  14 May 2022

FAKE NEWS: The government of the Republic of Moldova is being challenged by the population for supporting Ukraine

The pro-European government in Chisinau does not respect the neutrality status of the Republic of Moldova, and an ideological and geopolitical gap has formed between the power and the population, which will trigger massive protests, writes the Russian press, taken over by Russian-language publications in Chisinau. The narratives are intended to discredit the government in Chisinau because it has spoken out against the war in Ukraine and banned its symbols.

WAR PROPAGANDA: The Russian Orthodox Church Synod, sentenced to death on Ukraine’s territory

WAR PROPAGANDA: The Russian Orthodox Church Synod, sentenced to death on Ukraine’s territory

The leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church have been sentenced to death on the territory of Ukraine. Spread by the Russian media, this propaganda narrative misquotes a decision issued by the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
11 May 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The president of Poland admitted Warsaw will capture Ukrainian territories

WAR PROPAGANDA: The president of Poland admitted Warsaw will capture Ukrainian territories

The Russian media has reverted to the narrative regarding Poland’s intention to occupy part of Ukraine, this time focusing on the statements of president Andrzej Duda, which it took out of context and interpreted in a different key.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
10 May 2022
DISINFORMATION: Moldova is renouncing its neutrality and is preparing to fight Russia

DISINFORMATION: Moldova is renouncing its neutrality and is preparing to fight Russia

The Government in Chișinău wants to renounce the neutrality status of the Republic of Moldova, while the West is providing this country with weapons to turn it into a living shield against Russia, the pro-Kremlin website politnavigator.net writes, reiterating narratives about Romania’s military presence in the Republic of Moldova and military support Moldova is allegedly providing to Ukraine.

Veridica
Veridica
09 May 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: UKRAINIANS ARE SATANISTS

WAR PROPAGANDA: UKRAINIANS ARE SATANISTS

Ukrainian soldiers practice satanic rituals invoking dark forces to help them in battle, according to the Russian news agency Ria Novosti. The story aims to demonize the opponent, the Ukrainian army.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
08 May 2022

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