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Independent Russian press on the incompetence and cynicism of Putin's officers and how the diaspora is being used to support the invasion of Ukraine

Independent Russian press on the incompetence and cynicism of Putin's officers and how the diaspora is being used to support the invasion of Ukraine

In their zeal to carry out orders, Russian army officers sent their men to their deaths, writes the independent Russian press, which carries testimonies of some soldiers who fought in Ukraine. Another topic is the Russians in the diaspora who, allied with the extreme right in the West, organize demonstrations in support of the war in Ukraine.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
20 Sep 2022
The Russian independent media writes about the 600-million-EUR yacht Putin got as a present and how a pro-war “patriot” made his fortune

The Russian independent media writes about the 600-million-EUR yacht Putin got as a present and how a pro-war “patriot” made his fortune

Two new investigations conducted by Russian independent journalists provide an insight into the life of luxury of the Russian leadership. Putin’s yacht, Scheherazade, cost close to 600 million EUR, a sum raised by inner-circle oligarchs, journalists say. A different investigation shows how the family of Andrey Turchak, the secretary of United Russia party and vice-president of the Federation Council, made a fortune by privatizing and destroying the most important manufacturing compound in Russia’s entire defense industry.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
12 Sep 2022
The Russian independent media writes about Moscow’s manipulation of the IAEA delegation to the Zaporizhzhya NPP, the indoctrination of Russian pupils and Ukrainian fighters at Azovstal

The Russian independent media writes about Moscow’s manipulation of the IAEA delegation to the Zaporizhzhya NPP, the indoctrination of Russian pupils and Ukrainian fighters at Azovstal

An “independent expert” dispatched by the IAEA at the Zaporizhzhya NPP is actually a primatologist with long-standing political ties in Russia, the Russian independent media writes. Veridica has selected a number of articles describing how Russian children are taught to love, fight and die for the motherland and about Ukrainian fighters at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
05 Sep 2022
The Russian independent media about Russia’s significant losses in the war and the changes the conflict has produced in independent and state media

The Russian independent media about Russia’s significant losses in the war and the changes the conflict has produced in independent and state media

Russian experts and the independent media have analyzed the state of the Russian Federation’s army, which is sustaining heavy losses in the war launched against Ukraine. They also write about the obsolete Soviet weapons used by the Russians, which produce casualties among both the civilian population and among the attackers themselves. They also discuss how the war has changed the media landscape in Russia.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
26 Aug 2022
The impact of the first six months of war in Ukraine on the Republic of Moldova

The impact of the first six months of war in Ukraine on the Republic of Moldova

Sharing a 1000-kilometer long border with Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova has been affected by the war started by Russia on February 24 too. Veridica has spoken with several analysts in Chisinau to learn more about the main problems facing the Republic of Moldova, a state that is simultaneously facing an economic and an energy crisis, while at the same time trying to deal with a significant number of Ukrainian refugees.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
24 Aug 2022
The Russian independent media: how the Kremlin is recruiting murders from prisons to reinforce its army ranks and how the Russian army uses state-of-the-art Western technologies

The Russian independent media: how the Kremlin is recruiting murders from prisons to reinforce its army ranks and how the Russian army uses state-of-the-art Western technologies

Before the war started, the Russian army was already in a tight spot, as a serviceman fighting in Ukraine revealed. The topic is discussed at length by the Russian independent media, which also writes about “Putin’s chef”, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is also in charge of the Wagner mercenary outfit, recruiting criminals, including murders, from Russian prisons. Another issue discussed by the Russian independent media is that of Western combat equipment used by the Russian army, considering the Russian military industry lacks the necessary technology.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
19 Aug 2022
Finland and Sweden in NATO – on their way to become a fundamental pillar of Baltic security

Finland and Sweden in NATO – on their way to become a fundamental pillar of Baltic security

By joining NATO, Finland and Sweden would make the Alliance the main power in the Baltic Sea. Together, the two countries boast efficient and highly trained air, sea and ground forces, a good defense industry, and quick response capabilities. They occupy strategic position. And they would greatly consolidate the security of NATO’s most vulnerable member states – the Baltic countries.

Kaspars Germanis
Kaspars Germanis
19 Aug 2022
Russian independent media: urban legends about the war and disinformation carried by the Amnesty International report

Russian independent media: urban legends about the war and disinformation carried by the Amnesty International report

Urban legends about Ukrainians and the war in Ukraine end up being used as war propaganda by Moscow, the Russian independent media writes, also proving why the Amnesty International report criticizing Ukraine manipulates and misinforms public opinion and how the Putin regime is using nuclear weapons as a threat.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
10 Aug 2022
One year since PAS took the government in Chisinau: achievements and failures

One year since PAS took the government in Chisinau: achievements and failures

Natalia Gavriliță’s Cabinet, supported by the majority made up of Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) MPs, has in the last year constantly navigated a number of unprecedented crises, a record-high inflation of some 32%, but it also grabbed the biggest victory since 1991 - obtaining EU candidate status.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
10 Aug 2022
Russian independent press about the “volunteers” sent to the occupied territories in Ukraine and blackmailing Europe

Russian independent press about the “volunteers” sent to the occupied territories in Ukraine and blackmailing Europe

The Russian independent press reports that Russian doctors, teachers, civil servants and builders are being sent to the occupied territories of Ukraine to prepare “the union with Russia”. Meanwhile, Western sanctions are hitting the Russian economy and the well-being of the population, experts say. President Putin, however, continues to blackmail Europe with cold in the winter and famine.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
20 Jul 2022
Bulgaria: further away from Russia’s claws, but still close enough

Bulgaria: further away from Russia’s claws, but still close enough

EU and NATO member Bulgaria, once Moscow’s closest satellite, has been moving away for years, albeit at a slow pace, from Russia’s pull. This process has been accelerated following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, the Kremlin can still count on an array of friendly politicians, spies, and a disinformation and propaganda network to further its interests in Sofia.

Svetoslav Todorov
Svetoslav Todorov
11 Jul 2022
PROEKT.MEDIA: The Russian Ministry lies about its victories in Ukraine

PROEKT.MEDIA: The Russian Ministry lies about its victories in Ukraine

Every day, Russian citizens learn from news segments about the victories reported by the Russian army on the Ukrainian front. Even when troops are retreating or conquering a few small villages despite sustaining heavy losses, the Ministry of Defense spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, invokes resounding achievements. A PROEKT.MEDIA investigation reveals that many such achievements are in fact mathematical and geographical falsehoods.

Veridica
Veridica
06 Jul 2022
Russia’s leverage in Romania

Russia’s leverage in Romania

In theory, Romania is not overly reliant on Russia in economic terms. Trade relations are limited, the number of Russian companies operating on the Romanian market is relatively small, and Romanian imports of oil and gas from Russia are incomparably lower compared to those of other EU countries. Over the years, however, Russian oligarchs, most of whom are connected to the Kremlin, have taken possession of huge chunks of certain sectors of the Romanian economy. Adding to these economic levers are political ones too – there are Romanians who, consciously or not, are playing into Moscow’s hands. It’s a strategy Russia has been applying ever since the 1990s in most ex-communist states.

Mihai Geamănu
Mihai Geamănu
03 Jul 2022
The Russian independent media on cannon fodder and Russian mercenaries in Ukraine, as well as on ideologising school curricula

The Russian independent media on cannon fodder and Russian mercenaries in Ukraine, as well as on ideologising school curricula

The Russian independent media writes about volunteers with no military training whom Moscow sends to die in Ukraine, as well as about the role of mercenary groups fighting for the Russians. The Kremlin is mindful not just about battlefront developments, but also about the way it is selling the war to the next generation of young Russians: the new school curricula includes the new Putinist ideology and the official rhetoric about the war in Donbas.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
29 Jun 2022
The Russian octopus and the control over the Republic of Moldova’s energy facilities

The Russian octopus and the control over the Republic of Moldova’s energy facilities

Russia owns the most important strategic gas and electricity supply facilities in the Republic of Moldova and uses them skillfully to put not only economic but also political pressure on Chisinau’s key decisions. The scheme devised by Moscow supports the separatist regime in Tiraspol and offers the Kremlin an instrument to pressure Chisinau for the debts accumulated by Transnistria.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
27 Jun 2022
Ukraine takes the white pieces, Russia takes the black ones. The war has started on the chess table

Ukraine takes the white pieces, Russia takes the black ones. The war has started on the chess table

The chess rivalry between Russia and Ukraine existed before the invasion of February 2022. It also existed before the first invasion of Russia in February 2014. It existed, one might say, before the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. But it has never been harsher than this year. The world of chess has once again become, as it was during the Cold War, a battleground for image, influence and power.

Ionuț Iamandi
Ionuț Iamandi
24 Jun 2022
The Whole World in Danger. How Russia Threatens Nuclear Catastrophe at Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plants and Why the IAEA is Silent

The Whole World in Danger. How Russia Threatens Nuclear Catastrophe at Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plants and Why the IAEA is Silent

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine brought the world closer to a nuclear disaster, as Russian troops occupied Ukrainian nuclear power plants – sometimes by fighting their way in and shooting at the plants – and Russian missiles flew dangerously low above them. Yet, the International Atomic Energy Agency had a rather moderate response to these risks and it continued to work closely with the Russians, much to the dismay of the Ukrainians.

Lyubov Velichko
Lyubov Velichko
21 Jun 2022
The Republic of Moldova – between the need to modernize the army and Russia’s propaganda regarding its neutrality

The Republic of Moldova – between the need to modernize the army and Russia’s propaganda regarding its neutrality

The war in Ukraine has brought to the fore the poor state of the Moldovan army, which remains underequipped after being neglected by the authorities in the last three decades. Yet the commonplace view in Chișinău right now is that the army should at least fend off an aggression coming from Transnistria. Russia and its mouthpieces, on the other hand, continue to absurdly claim that Moldova modernizing its army would be tantamount to breaching its neutrality.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
20 Jun 2022
Russian independent media about the life in the West of the children of Moscow elite and western politicians serving the Kremlin

Russian independent media about the life in the West of the children of Moscow elite and western politicians serving the Kremlin

Vladimir Putin and the Russian elite denounce the West and the lack of patriotism of the Russians who choose to live there, but even the children of the elite - including Putin's daughter - have chosen the comfort of living in the Western states, according to the Russian independent media. Another topic is that of the Western politicians who chose Russia and the generosity with which it rewarded them.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
24 May 2022
The army of the Republic of Moldova is underprepared to repel a Russian attack. How did it come to this and what needs to be done?

The army of the Republic of Moldova is underprepared to repel a Russian attack. How did it come to this and what needs to be done?

The war in Ukraine has sparked a great of deal of concern in the Republic of Moldova, where the people have seen just how vulnerable the country is in case of a Russian attack. Neglected for years due to underfunding, incompetence or for the sake of “neutrality”, the army seems underprepared to efficiently defend the country. The West is trying to lend a helping hand and has promised to deliver military equipment.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
24 May 2022
End of the line for “European Turkey”? The link between Erdoğan’s shift to authoritarianism, Turkish nationalism and blocking the NATO accession of Finland and Sweden

End of the line for “European Turkey”? The link between Erdoğan’s shift to authoritarianism, Turkish nationalism and blocking the NATO accession of Finland and Sweden

Turkey’s threats to veto Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession were interpreted as an attempt to secure certain concessions from the West in the context of economic difficulties at home. The previous policies of the Erdoğan administration – and of post-Ottoman Turkey in general – suggest that Ankara is actually pushing for more: it wants to impose its own agenda and perception over its allies.

Dragoș Mateescu
Dragoș Mateescu
19 May 2022
Experts: NATO’s presence in the Baltics must grow

Experts: NATO’s presence in the Baltics must grow

The Baltic states are probably among the NATO countries most exposed to a possible Russian attack and were among the first to express concern about the aggression of the Putin regime. Their NATO membership offers them protection, but experts feel that the Alliance needs to consolidate its position in the region.

Kaspars Germanis
Kaspars Germanis
17 May 2022
“They’re loading stolen goods into trucks and raping 11-year-old girls”. The Russian independent media writes about the brutality of Putin’s forces in Ukraine

“They’re loading stolen goods into trucks and raping 11-year-old girls”. The Russian independent media writes about the brutality of Putin’s forces in Ukraine

Despite measures taken by Moscow to secure a monopoly on information regarding the war in Ukraine, Russian independent journalists continue to cover this topic. Veridica has selected a number of press articles describing what is happening in Ukrainian oblasts under Russian control: how the Russian armed forces are abusing the locals, how men have started disappearing, how the new “military-civilian” administration is installed and who the key figures appointed as leaders of the newly conquered territories are.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
17 May 2022
How May 9 turned from a celebration of the might of Russia and the USSR into a day of solidarity with Ukraine

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.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
11 May 2022
The independent Russian media writes about the dead soldiers, Syrian mercenaries and the failure of a possible general mobilization called by the Kremlin

The independent Russian media writes about the dead soldiers, Syrian mercenaries and the failure of a possible general mobilization called by the Kremlin

Tens of thousands of people have left Russia in the last three months due to oppression, condemning the aggression in Ukraine. Many have stayed however, continuing to oppose the establishment and to take part in anti-war actions. A large number of journalists, activists and human rights militants have no intention of letting up, despite the repressive legislation and the risk of facing criminal punishments. Veridica has selected a number of topics from the top independent sources in Russia.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
10 May 2022
PHOTOREPORT – The May 9 parade in Chișinău: between Soviet nostalgia and the blurred memory of the USSR’s glory days

PHOTOREPORT – The May 9 parade in Chișinău: between Soviet nostalgia and the blurred memory of the USSR’s glory days

May 9 was a much anticipated event in Chișinău: a recent law forbids the public display of symbols associated with the Russian army and the invasion of Ukraine – the ribbon of Saint George and the letters Z and V. Previously, pro-Russians had announced they would ignore the law. Fears were running high that public unrest might break out. That wasn’t the case, and the demonstration actually resembled a display of communist nostalgia rather than an act of solidarity with Russia.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
09 May 2022
Victory Day and the Soviet Empire: what May 9 may still mean in the former USSR and ex-communist states

Victory Day and the Soviet Empire: what May 9 may still mean in the former USSR and ex-communist states

May 9 will be different than usual: celebrating it could be seen as a celebration of Russia’s aggression. While waiting for the events in Moscow and elsewhere to unfold, Veridica has set out to find out what May 9 may still mean in the former USSR and ex-communist countries, as reported by its correspondents in those countries.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
06 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
The Russian independent media about war crimes and how the regime’s lies are spread in international courts, history books and schools of journalism

The Russian independent media about war crimes and how the regime’s lies are spread in international courts, history books and schools of journalism

Veridica has selected stories about how war lies are fabricated, how the words Ukraine and Kyiv have been removed from textbooks, and what journalism students are learning in the country's new political context.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
26 Apr 2022
Consequences of the war in Ukraine for the Republic of Moldova: between the risk of becoming Russia’s next target and the opportunity of adopting a consistent orientation towards the West

Consequences of the war in Ukraine for the Republic of Moldova: between the risk of becoming Russia’s next target and the opportunity of adopting a consistent orientation towards the West

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has unnerved Chișinău. Many talk about the risk the Republic of Moldova could be Moscow’s next target, something which Russian propaganda also suggested. On the other hand, the Republic of Moldova could also seize this opportunity to definitely break away with Russia and accelerate its integration into the Western world.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
19 Apr 2022
The Russian independent on the connection between the education system and the war crimes, and how Russian parents have come to denounce their children for lack of patriotism

The Russian independent on the connection between the education system and the war crimes, and how Russian parents have come to denounce their children for lack of patriotism

The crimes, torture and robberies committed by the Russian military are the result of a deficient education system but also of social issues neglected by the authorities, writes the independent Russian press, which continues to work despite the fact that it is almost banned in Russia. Veridica has found an article about how the Russians have come to denounce those who do not share the official version about the war, as well as two interviews, one about Putin's regime, the other about the decline of the Russian oil industry due to sanctions.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
18 Apr 2022
The Republic of Moldova wants to ban the symbols of the Russian army and to block Moscow’s propaganda. How are the pro-Russian politicians reacting to this

The Republic of Moldova wants to ban the symbols of the Russian army and to block Moscow’s propaganda. How are the pro-Russian politicians reacting to this

The Republic of Moldova is intensifying its efforts to combat Russian propaganda. The Chisinau Parliament adopted, in first reading, a series of normative acts which, on the one hand, ban symbols associated with the Russian army and the invasion of Ukraine, and on the other hand, provide the state institutions with new tools to stop propaganda in the audio-visual media and online environment.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
13 Apr 2022
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