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Cristina Gherasimov: They want to create this perception that the Republic of Moldova's option to join the European Union will bring war upon us

Cristina Gherasimov: They want to create this perception that the Republic of Moldova's option to join the European Union will bring war upon us

Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Cristina Gherasimov spoke in an interview with Veridica about Chisinau's plans to join the EU and the measures that the Republic of Moldova is preparing for this stage, about Romania's constant support, but also about the elements of hybrid war used today by Russia to divert the Republic of Moldova from the European path.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
23 Jul 2024
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is to blame for the increase in crime rate in the Republic of Moldova

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is to blame for the increase in crime rate in the Republic of Moldova

Maia Sandu bears personal responsibility for the killing of a Turkish criminal in Chisinau and for the increase in crime rate, according to the Telegram channel Smugleanka. In reality, the crime rate has decreased and fighting crime is not the responsibility of the president of the state.

Veridica
Veridica
18 Jul 2024
Four questions regarding the presidential election and the referendum in the Republic of Moldova

Four questions regarding the presidential election and the referendum in the Republic of Moldova

Există o serie de semne de întrebare legate de alegeri, de la numărul de alegători – important pentru validarea scrutinelor – până la actorii care se vor putea înscrie în cursă și desemnarea unui candidat unic al opoziției pro-ruse.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
15 Jul 2024
French expert: Russia stepped-up its destabilisation efforts in Moldova

French expert: Russia stepped-up its destabilisation efforts in Moldova

Russia's strategy in Moldova is to insist on discrediting the EU and undermining the European integration process and to put less emphasis on its promotion, according to Florent Parmentier, one of the best young researchers French on the ex-Soviet space and a good connoisseur of the realities in Moldova.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
03 Jun 2024
(Pro)Russian fearmongering: Moldova’s "Great Reset"

(Pro)Russian fearmongering: Moldova’s "Great Reset"

Russian propaganda, alongside politicians, publicists and clerics from the Republic of Moldova, has been promoting for years narratives regarding the threats to the identity and even the existence of Moldova and Moldovans.

Veridica
Veridica
10 Apr 2024
FAKE NEWS: The Chisinau Government imposes the European integration of Moldova

FAKE NEWS: The Chisinau Government imposes the European integration of Moldova

The government is forcing Moldova’s European integration on its citizens, according to a false narrative promoted by the fugitive criminal Ilan Shor and picked up by the pro-Kremlin media

Veridica
Veridica
28 Mar 2024
Transnistria asks for Moscow's protection to scare Chișinău. Tiraspol’s bluff: the annexation to Russia

Transnistria asks for Moscow's protection to scare Chișinău. Tiraspol’s bluff: the annexation to Russia

The alarmist predictions that Transnistria will call for the annexation to Russia or that Putin will announce the move in his speech before the Russian State Duma turned out to be unfounded. Separatists called on Moscow to protect them “through diplomatic measures”, but it seems to be an attempt to obtain concessions from Chișinău sooner than a step towards joining the Russian Federation.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
02 Mar 2024
FAKE NEWS: The EU has taken control of Moldova’s banking system

FAKE NEWS: The EU has taken control of Moldova’s banking system

The European Union has taken control of the Moldovan banking system, and the authorities are burying the country in debt in order to hand it over to foreigners, Găgăuzia-based media falsely states, the article having been picked by the pro-Kremlin media as well.

Veridica
Veridica
28 Feb 2024
DISINFORMATION: Moldova's EU referendum will actually be about war

DISINFORMATION: Moldova's EU referendum will actually be about war

According to the pro-Russian media, the referendum on the European integration of the Republic of Moldova is, in fact, aimed at getting the country involved in the war on the side of NATO.

Veridica
Veridica
09 Feb 2024
The referendum on Moldova's accession to the EU: a risky political maneuver?

The referendum on Moldova's accession to the EU: a risky political maneuver?

The government says that the referendum on EU accession will clearly show the population's options. However, some see the public consultation set for fall as an electoral maneuver that could backfire against its initiators.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
25 Jan 2024
The Republic of Moldova in 2023: Top FAKE NEWS & DISINFORMATION narratives debunked by Veridica

The Republic of Moldova in 2023: Top FAKE NEWS & DISINFORMATION narratives debunked by Veridica

The narratives were launched / amplified by Moscow and pro-Russians, and the theses included Moldova’s involvement in the war in Ukraine, an attack on Transnistria and EU rapprochement.

Veridica
Veridica
29 Dec 2023
Moldova's Maia Sandu: We’ve managed to break free from Russian blackmail

Moldova's Maia Sandu: We’ve managed to break free from Russian blackmail

The Republic of Moldova will join the EU by 2030, believes President Maia Sandu. In an exclusive interview, Maia Sandu also spoke about Russia's pressure on Moldova.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
27 Dec 2023
The local election in the Republic of Moldova: a victory of the (pro)Russians?

The local election in the Republic of Moldova: a victory of the (pro)Russians?

The results of the local election in the Republic of Moldova point to a decline of pro-European factions, after a campaign marked by Moscow’s interference and disinformation, as well as scandals generated by pro-Russians.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
06 Nov 2023
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is closing schools because the West wants cheap labor

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is closing schools because the West wants cheap labor

Maia Sandu and the PAS government are destroying the education system in Moldova at the behest of the West, which wants the country to be a source of cheap labor, according to a false narrative carried by the Russian media.

Veridica
Veridica
04 Sep 2023
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu has closed 200 schools, driving away young people from the Republic of Moldova

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu has closed 200 schools, driving away young people from the Republic of Moldova

Conform unor narațiuni false reinterpretate, președintele Sandu ar acționa la indicațiile Vestului, aflat în deficit din cauza numărului mare de persoane LGBT.

Veridica
Veridica
31 Jul 2023
FAKE NEWS: In order to join the EU, the Republic of Moldova must send soldiers to the war in Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: In order to join the EU, the Republic of Moldova must send soldiers to the war in Ukraine

This is a new version of the narrative of "NATO's war against Russia", launched by the pro-Russian press in Chisinau.

Veridica
Veridica
20 Jul 2023
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu installed a dictatorial regime similar to Plahotniuc’s

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu installed a dictatorial regime similar to Plahotniuc’s

ФЕЙК-НОВОСТИ: Майя Санду установила диктаторский режим, подобный режиму Плахотнюка

Veridica
Veridica
05 Jul 2023
The Republic of Moldova: the stakes and risks of the pro-EU Great National Assembly in Chișinău

The Republic of Moldova: the stakes and risks of the pro-EU Great National Assembly in Chișinău

Maia Sandu has called a pro-European rally, patterned on the Great National Assemblies that culminated in 1991 with the Republic of Moldova proclaiming its independence. The decision was announced in the context where Moscow and pro-Russian forces in Chișinău have ramped up pressure on the pro-European government. It’s a risky bet, which Moldova will win only if the rally enjoys a turnout similar to public gatherings of the 1990s.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
07 May 2023
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu dismissed Natalia Gavrilița to purge the opposition and consolidate her authoritarian and anti-Russian regime

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu dismissed Natalia Gavrilița to purge the opposition and consolidate her authoritarian and anti-Russian regime

The president of the Republic of Moldova, dismissed Natalia Gavrilița because she wanted a Prime Minister that would purge the opposition, a pro-Kremlin publication writes, also claiming that Natalia Gavrilița was allegedly humiliated in public by her unexpected dismissal. The same publication also reiterates several other false narratives claiming the pro-European administration in Chișinău is a profoundly anti-Russian dictatorship.

Veridica
Veridica
13 Feb 2023
Maia Sandu accuses Moscow of planning a coup in the Republic of Moldova, with fighters from Russia, Belarus, Serbia and Montenegro

Maia Sandu accuses Moscow of planning a coup in the Republic of Moldova, with fighters from Russia, Belarus, Serbia and Montenegro

According to the Moldovan president, the Russian plan involves para-military units of foreign fighters, in civilian clothes, which would have attacked state institutions and taken hostages, the actions being masked by protests of the pro-Russian opposition.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
13 Feb 2023
The Cabinet swap in Chișinău – the effect of slow-moving reforms, security issues and tensions inside PAS

The Cabinet swap in Chișinău – the effect of slow-moving reforms, security issues and tensions inside PAS

The power shift has so far unfolded without any major incident or scandal, and the key protagonists – the outgoing Prime Minister, Natalia Gavrilița, the Prime Minister designate, Dorin Recean, and president Maia Sandu – said that the change of administration occurs against the backdrop of growing security tensions. There are however signs that the true reasons behind the Cabinet swap have to do with the slow pace of reforms and ruling-party infighting.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
12 Feb 2023
FAKE NEWS: NATO prepares the territory of the Republic of Moldova to become a future theater of war

FAKE NEWS: NATO prepares the territory of the Republic of Moldova to become a future theater of war

The government in Chisinau is bringing the country closer to NATO, which supplies the Republic of Moldova with weapons in order to prepare it to become a future theater of war against Russia, writes the Russian press, citing as an argument the delivery of 3 (THREE) armored vehicles by Germany. This is yet another plea for neutrality that ignores the facts, which show that, in fact, to Russia neutrality means only the acceptance of its hegemony and that it is ready to attack neutral countries that do not want to be in its sphere of influence.

Veridica
Veridica
31 Jan 2023
The Republic of Moldova, targeted by Russian propaganda

The Republic of Moldova, targeted by Russian propaganda

While the Kremlin backs the criminal opposition in Chișinău, which is trying to destabilize the Republic of Moldova in order to take power and discard any criminal investigation against itself, Russian propaganda touts the protests staged by Shor Party, the anti-Western statements of the former Socialist party and criticizes the current head of state, Maia Sandu. Veridica has reviewed the main narratives advocated by the Russian government media with respect to the Republic of Moldova.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
01 Nov 2022
DISINFORMATION: Pro-Europeans in Chișinău are creating a military autocracy that will be impervious to democratic change

DISINFORMATION: Pro-Europeans in Chișinău are creating a military autocracy that will be impervious to democratic change

The Republic of Moldova is building up its military, and the pro-European government is creating a dictatorial regime that will be hard to oust by democratic due process, Socialist deputy Bogdan Țîrdea has told Pravda. The Moldovan politician in fact reiterates false claims that have been increasingly disseminated by Russian propaganda and pro-Moscow politicians in Chișinău.

Veridica
Veridica
24 Oct 2022
DISINFORMATION: The Republic of Moldova is led by an anti-Russian dictatorship

DISINFORMATION: The Republic of Moldova is led by an anti-Russian dictatorship

The Republic of Moldova is ruled by an anti-Russian dictatorship that has taken grip of the power and state institutions, politnavigator.net writes. This Kremlin-linked media outlet also suggests that the current regime in Moldova, which is turning the country into a “small Ukraine”, could be ousted as the Russian army draws close to Moldova’s borders.

Veridica
Veridica
02 Oct 2022
Ukraine’s counteroffensive and its impact on the Republic of Moldova

Ukraine’s counteroffensive and its impact on the Republic of Moldova

The events of early September in Ukraine may have significant consequences on Chișinău as well. The counteroffensive mounted by Ukrainian troops in the northeast, the liberation of most of the Kharkiv region, but also of southern territories previously held by the Russian military, have increased the odds of foiling the Moscow’s plans for the Republic of Moldova, at least in the short run.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
19 Sep 2022
FAKE NEWS: Chisinau authorities threaten Gagauzia’s autonomy

FAKE NEWS: Chisinau authorities threaten Gagauzia’s autonomy

The Chisinau authorities are threatening to leave Gagauzia without autonomy, according to a false narrative carried by the Russian publication Trud.ru. This is accompanied by specific Russian propaganda theses regarding the Republic of Moldova - the West's control over the country, the “danger” of the union with Romania and the “fake” fight against corruption.

Veridica
Veridica
12 Sep 2022
DISINFORMATION: The poverty inflicted by the Maia Sandu administration is forcing people to use manure to heat their homes

DISINFORMATION: The poverty inflicted by the Maia Sandu administration is forcing people to use manure to heat their homes

The PAS pro-European government is to blame for the soaring inflation in the Republic of Moldova, having brought people to the brink of despair. This false narrative ignores the external causes behind the high level of inflation and is promoted by the pro-Russian opposition in Chișinău and its affiliated publications. Bloknot-moldova.ru illustrates the narrative by means of a collage depicting Maia Sandu next to a woman who makes piles of straw and manure used for heating.

Veridica
Veridica
22 Aug 2022
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is closing down universities and schools with Russian-language teaching

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is closing down universities and schools with Russian-language teaching

The president of the Republic of Moldova is closing down universities and schools with teaching in Russian language, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes, picking up on an older narrative targeting Maia Sandu. Just like the others, this too is a false narrative: although some schools do actually close down, it is in fact a measure linked to reforming and streamlining the education system, having nothing to do with the teaching language.

Veridica
Veridica
11 Jul 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
FAKE NEWS: NATO is providing weapons to Ukraine via the Republic of Moldova, which represents a breach of the country’s neutrality status

FAKE NEWS: NATO is providing weapons to Ukraine via the Republic of Moldova, which represents a breach of the country’s neutrality status

The Republic of Moldova has violated its neutrality status since it allows NATO to deliver weapons to Ukraine, currently at war with Russia, which invaded this country on February 24. This false narrative is promoted by politnavigator.net, which references a commentary of a Russian expert.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
28 Feb 2022
FAKE NEWS: Chișinău is fueling the conflict in Transnistria so that the West should maintain an interest in Moldova

FAKE NEWS: Chișinău is fueling the conflict in Transnistria so that the West should maintain an interest in Moldova

The Government in Chișinău wants to fuel the Transnistrian conflict in order to make the country more appealing to the West and thus obtain a larger financial support, according to a recent false narrative. In fact, the conflict in Transnistria is one of the major obstacles in the way of Moldova’s future European integration.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
31 Jan 2022