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The Russian independent media writes about who killed Ukrainians in Dnipro and how the Putin regime uses fear to serve its interests

The Russian independent media writes about who killed Ukrainians in Dnipro and how the Putin regime uses fear to serve its interests

“In Russia, journalists don’t ask questions”, one officer suspected of having played a part in the bombing of a residential building in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro told a journalist. The Russian independent media also says that the Kremlin’s efforts to increase the size of its army are doomed to fail, and describes how the Putin regime is trying to keep the Russians in check and strike fear into the international community.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
23 Jan 2023
Georgia risks compromising its relation with the West and returning to Russia's orbit if ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili dies in prison

Georgia risks compromising its relation with the West and returning to Russia's orbit if ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili dies in prison

Over the past year, the health of the former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is serving a six-year prison sentence, has been a major topic of political debate both inside and outside of Georgia. The opposition and Saakashvili's lawyers say he should be transferred to a European clinic to be treated for mental illness, personality deterioration and severe depression. The government claims that the former president is faking it. Finally, signals are coming from Brussels that if Mikheil Saakashvili dies in detention, Georgia's European future could be jeopardized.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
20 Jan 2023
The Russian independent media writes about the massacre in Makiivka, the Russification of deported Ukrainian children and a new arms race

The Russian independent media writes about the massacre in Makiivka, the Russification of deported Ukrainian children and a new arms race

The Russian authorities have for the first time admitted to sustaining heavy losses following a Ukrainian attack, and the shift in the communication strategy seems to be meant to prevent a scandal, the Russian independent media writes. Independent journalists also discuss the Russification of Ukrainian children deported to Russia and the arms race triggered in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
13 Jan 2023
The Estonian route: while trying to get to Europe, thousands of Ukrainian refugees are forced to go East to avoid the fighting

The Estonian route: while trying to get to Europe, thousands of Ukrainian refugees are forced to go East to avoid the fighting

Estonian city Narva and Russia’s Ivangorod are connected by a Friendship Bridge, a name that sounds quite ironic nowadays when many Ukrainian refugees use the bridge to make their way to Europe. They had to go East, then North, as their route West was blocked by the fighting. A network of Russian and Estonian volunteers has been helping these refugees. While some continue towards other European countries, many decided to stay in the small Baltic country, which is starting to feel overwhelmed.

Olesja Lagashina
Olesja Lagashina
12 Jan 2023
Romania in 2022: Top FAKE NEWS & DISINFORMATION narratives debunked by Veridica

Romania in 2022: Top FAKE NEWS & DISINFORMATION narratives debunked by Veridica

The war in Ukraine, sovereigntist rhetoric and conspiracy theories regarding the so-called sanitary dictatorship were the topics of scores of disinformation narratives and fake news published in Romania in 2022. They were promoted by/on various media outlets (România liberă, Național, Activenews, GoldFM, gândește.org etc.) as well as on social media by controversial figures such as Sorin Roșca Stănescu, Cosmin Gușă, Diana Șoșoacă and Adrian Severin.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
09 Jan 2023
The Republic of Moldova 2022: Top FAKE NEWS & DISINFORMATION debunked by Veridica

The Republic of Moldova 2022: Top FAKE NEWS & DISINFORMATION debunked by Veridica

The war launched by Russia in Ukraine also led to an intensification of the use of propaganda materials, fake news and disinformation targeting the Republic of Moldova. The goal was to discredit the West and undermine the values it promotes, but also to blame the pro-European government for the economic and social issues initially triggered by the Covid pandemic, then by the war.

Veridica
Veridica
06 Jan 2023
The Russian independent media writes about the economic fallout of the war

The Russian independent media writes about the economic fallout of the war

The war in Ukraine is costing Russia more and more every day, the Russian independent media writes, reporting on the budget deficit for 2022 and the budget for 2023, also referring to the problems facing the industry sector, where the focus is on military production.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
04 Jan 2023
Why Putin’s Russia is fascist and why Ukraine is fighting on behalf of the free world and needs to win*

Why Putin’s Russia is fascist and why Ukraine is fighting on behalf of the free world and needs to win*

On February 24, 2022, the free world woke up to a dystopia. It had believed in peace more than it did in the signs of war, and had invested Putin with its good faith, just as it had done with Hitler in the years leading up to World War II. Russia has reintroduced large-scale war into a post-modern, hedonist society whose instincts were weakened by peace and prosperity, thus restoring evil to a global standing. Prior to the launch of the invasion, Europe hadn’t seen an interstate conflict in over 75 years. Any counterfactual examination is obviously pointless, but still, the question remains: how could the West fail again to foresee the predictable advent of a totalitarian regime with fascist overtones and the start of a new war in Europe?

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
26 Dec 2022
The Russian independent media writes about deserting servicemen and Moscow’s “crisis propaganda”

The Russian independent media writes about deserting servicemen and Moscow’s “crisis propaganda”

Russian servicemen sent to the frontline in Ukraine are trying to flee the war and dodge military service, and the authorities respond by putting them on trial, the Russian independent media writes. Independent journalists also look at the Kremlin’s response to the defeats sustained by the Russian army in Ukraine: it fashioned a “crisis propaganda”.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
23 Dec 2022
Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are leaving the “Russian Spy Bank”, while Hungary stands with Russia

Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are leaving the “Russian Spy Bank”, while Hungary stands with Russia

The decision of the four countries to leave the International Investment Bank (IIB), also known as the “Russian Spy Bank”, came within days of Russia invading Ukraine. The legal proceedings were cumbersome in certain countries, due to the financial risks such a move entailed. Set up in 1970, the Bank continues to operate today in Budapest, although key decisions are taken in Moscow.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
21 Dec 2022
Eastern Europe, just a stop on the New Silk Road. Chinese investments, limited by government restrictions, but also by Beijing's lack of interest

Eastern Europe, just a stop on the New Silk Road. Chinese investments, limited by government restrictions, but also by Beijing's lack of interest

Rich Western countries with important markets are a major stake for China. Chinese companies are also present, to a lesser extent, in Central and Eastern Europe. But is this region a stake in itself for Beijing, or just a “stop” on the New Silk Road to the West? How extensive are bilateral relations and to what extent are they influenced by the West? Veridica collaborators in the region – Bulgaria, the Baltic countries, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine – have tried to answer these questions.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
19 Dec 2022
The Russian independent media writes about the Kremlin’s propaganda in Europe and hunting down “terrorists” among “neo-Nazis” and pupils

The Russian independent media writes about the Kremlin’s propaganda in Europe and hunting down “terrorists” among “neo-Nazis” and pupils

The Russian independent media writes that Russian special services have developed a new propensity for “preventing” terrorist attacks perpetrated by Ukrainian “nationalists”. Journalists also note that the Kremlin’s official channels are still followed by Russians in the European diaspora, although they have been banned at EU level.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
16 Dec 2022
Auschwitz-Birkenau. Death at a wave of a finger

Auschwitz-Birkenau. Death at a wave of a finger

As the years pass, the last witnesses to the nightmare of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the death factory where more than a million Jews from all over Europe were exterminated, are passing away. What remains is the camp itself, and the objects within it that allow historians and conservationists to learn the stories of individuals. Their stories not only help to understand the tragedy of the victims who were exterminated here, but add a human, personal dimension to these memories.

Confronting Memories
Confronting Memories
14 Dec 2022
Russian independent media: the Kremlin is willing to sustain heavy losses if that’s what it takes to continue the war in Ukraine

Russian independent media: the Kremlin is willing to sustain heavy losses if that’s what it takes to continue the war in Ukraine

The Russian independent media writes that losses among the ranks of the recently mobilized will soon reach 100 thousand people, but that’s not going to stop Putin. On the contrary, the Russian president will send every young recruit to the frontline as well. Independent journalists also tell the story of a couple recently arrested in Sweden, tied to the Russian military intelligence and the people who poisoned Sergey and Yulia Skripal.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
01 Dec 2022
Russian independent media: Prigozhin’s sends inmates to war, FSO plans to defend Putin with hypnotists and psychics

Russian independent media: Prigozhin’s sends inmates to war, FSO plans to defend Putin with hypnotists and psychics

The Russian independent media writes that a record-high number of inmates has disappeared from Russian prisons, after having been enrolled by Putin’s friend in the war against Ukraine. On the other hand, focus groups commissioned by the Kremlin reveal that the population opposes the war, contrary to the Kremlin’s wishes. Russian journalists also describe how generals guarding Putin want to use priests, hypnotists and psychics to bolster his protection.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
25 Nov 2022
Drone wars: from Afghanistan to Ukraine

Drone wars: from Afghanistan to Ukraine

Originally developed as surveillance aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – commonly known as drones – underwent a number of transformations, from aircraft used to carry out tactical airstrikes to weapons included in the arsenal of modern warfare, the same as artillery and aviation. Drones play a key role in the war in Ukraine as well, where in recent weeks they have been primarily used as instruments of terror.

Ionuț Iamandi
Ionuț Iamandi
24 Nov 2022
Russian independent media: Russian emigrants promote Kremlin, Moscow tries to conceal war casualties

Russian independent media: Russian emigrants promote Kremlin, Moscow tries to conceal war casualties

The Russian independent media revealed how Russian emigrants in the United States are being used to promote the Kremlin’s agenda, particularly after the annexation of Crimea and in the context of the war in Ukraine. Independent journalists also noticed that official webpages of Russian authorities did not publish the map of territories annexed in this war, as well as the fact that information on budget spending is now unavailable, preventing the media from estimating war casualties.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
18 Nov 2022
The Russian independent media writes about new recruits being sent to their death and the Russian army’s withdrawal from Kherson

The Russian independent media writes about new recruits being sent to their death and the Russian army’s withdrawal from Kherson

Whole battalions of Russians have been annihilated on the Ukrainian frontline, and soldiers are left behind by their commanders, the Russian independent media writes. Independent journalists also reveal how propaganda officers are trained to reflect one of the biggest failures of Putin’s war – the retreat from Kherson

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
11 Nov 2022
The Russian independent media writes about Russians fleeing mobilization and how Putin is accusing others of doing exactly what he is doing himself

The Russian independent media writes about Russians fleeing mobilization and how Putin is accusing others of doing exactly what he is doing himself

The Russian independent media writes that a third of Russian workers have left the country after the mobilization decree was passed. Journalists also note that fake news targeting the West stemming from Putin’s speech at the Valdai club could be true only if they pointed to Putin’s own actions.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
02 Nov 2022
The Russian independent media writes about who is bombing civilians in Ukraine and how the war has shattered the myths of Putin’s regime

The Russian independent media writes about who is bombing civilians in Ukraine and how the war has shattered the myths of Putin’s regime

Journalists have discovered the secret subdivision in the Russian army that is directing the missile attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. Moreover, the independent media noticed that the myths underlying Putin’s regime have unraveled one after the other due to the war in Ukraine.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
26 Oct 2022
Serbia and Russia – a partnership for the future, or a dying relic of the past?

Serbia and Russia – a partnership for the future, or a dying relic of the past?

Serbia has been, for years, Russia’s closest ally in the Balkans. For Moscow, the relationship is a means to project an image of power and international relevance. Belgrade, on the other hand, plays the pro-Russian card to show that it has an alternative to a West that bruised its ego during the Kosovo war, but also for some pragmatic reasons, such as Russia’s support in the UN Security Council and its role as an energy provider. Belgrade’s real interests lie, however, with the EU, and the war in Ukraine may bring about a change – albeit a slow one – in its relationship with Russia.

Vuk Velebit
Vuk Velebit
14 Oct 2022
Struggles and Silver Linings: what the war means for educators in Ukraine and Poland

Struggles and Silver Linings: what the war means for educators in Ukraine and Poland

Education today faces major challenges arising from a lack of good resources and the strong emotions that the war in Ukraine brings. We spoke with three history educators from Poland and Ukraine about the ways in which the war is affecting their work, both personally and professionally.

Confronting Memories
Confronting Memories
11 Oct 2022
The Russian independent media on how anti-war protesters are forcefully sent to the frontline, while the regime’s propagandists shun recruitment

The Russian independent media on how anti-war protesters are forcefully sent to the frontline, while the regime’s propagandists shun recruitment

Russian citizens are conscripted from their workplace, from universities and even during protests, whereas propagandists who urge people to fight and bragged on national television about wanting to fight in the war are now trying to doge military service, the Russian independent media writes after Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
26 Sep 2022
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
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