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Russia is the main power and, for many years, the main source of insecurity in the region monitored by Veridica journalists. News about Russia provides information about developments in real time and prominent leaders of Russia – from major decisions taken by president Vladimir Putin, to statements and actions of the main representatives of his regime, from Alexei Navalny’s case to the Wagner Group rebellion. Veridica is also monitoring Russia’s foreign policy, its relations with the collective West and with individual countries, as well as with client, allied or partner states across various fields of cooperation, such as China, Belarus, Iran or Turkey. Russia’s external operations, including the campaigns carried out by proxy organizations such as the Wagner Group, which is involved in theatres of operations Syria and several African countries, as well as the Kremlin’s energy policies, are equally followed by Veridica journalists. News about Russia also weighs in on narratives promoted by Russia, addressing both the public at home as well as external audiences, presented as part of fake news, disinformation or propaganda articles. Veridica’s newsroom staff, regional collaborators and Romanian experts are monitoring the impact of Russian policies and disinformation campaigns both in the region and beyond, in the main Western capitals. News about Russia provides a wide array of press articles, news, editorials, analyses, interviews and inquiries.
Russia is recruiting Poles for its war against the West

Russia is recruiting Poles for its war against the West

As a new Cold War gathers steam, Poland finds itself on the frontline. Russian intelligence is recruiting agents in the country and it’s even using some for attacks against Kremlin opponents.

Michal Kukawski
Michal Kukawski
17 May 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: In Ukraine, Russia is fighting for traditional values

WAR PROPAGANDA: In Ukraine, Russia is fighting for traditional values

The war in Ukraine is being waged by Russia to save traditional values and the family from the debauchery and perversion of the West, according to pro-Kremlin propaganda.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
16 May 2024
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine may attack the Republic of Moldova

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine may attack the Republic of Moldova

Ukraine will intensify its “unintentional” bombing of the territory of the Republic of Moldova if it advances further on the path of European integration, leaving Kyiv behind, according to the pro-Kremlin Telegram channel “Smuglyanka”.

Veridica
Veridica
15 May 2024
Dispatch from Odesa: “Curse be they for such a «liberation »!”

Dispatch from Odesa: “Curse be they for such a «liberation »!”

Odesa, the main port-city of Ukraine, has been the target of Russian bombings since 2022. The attacks intensified after Russia withdrew from the grain agreement. Tatiana Ashurkevich spent a few days in the city and found among its residents a mix of fatalism, fatigue, and determination against the Russians.

Tatsiana Ashurkevich
Tatsiana Ashurkevich
15 May 2024
FAKE NEWS: France sent the Foreign Legion to the Ukrainian front

FAKE NEWS: France sent the Foreign Legion to the Ukrainian front

Thousands of French Foreign Legion soldiers are already fighting on the Ukrainian front, according to a pro-Russian and anti-Western publication.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
14 May 2024
The (R)evolution of Drones in the war in Ukraine

The (R)evolution of Drones in the war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has turned drones into one of the most formidable weapons in the arsenal of both warring factions, while innovations in this field advanced at great speed.

Victor Sămărtinean
Victor Sămărtinean
13 May 2024
FAKE NEWS: Chișinău marks Europe Day in order to divide society

FAKE NEWS: Chișinău marks Europe Day in order to divide society

The Government in Chișinău is marking Europe Day on May 9 instead of Victory Day in order to divide Moldovan society, pro-Kremlin media writes, labeling “revanchist” those who refuse to celebrate the Soviet Union’s victory against Nazi Germany.

Veridica
Veridica
10 May 2024
War Propaganda: In 1945 Russia defeated the collective West for the first time

War Propaganda: In 1945 Russia defeated the collective West for the first time

Russia defended itself against the invasion of collective Europe in World War II and can do it again now, in the context of the war in Ukraine, according to pro-Kremlin propaganda.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
09 May 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: Russia is liberating territories from Ukrainian occupation

WAR PROPAGANDA: Russia is liberating territories from Ukrainian occupation

Ukrainians are not an indigenous population, but rather the occupiers of Ukraine, and Russia is liberating its historical provinces, pro-Kremlin propaganda claims.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
07 May 2024
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine forbids Orthodox Christians from attending the Easter Vigil

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine forbids Orthodox Christians from attending the Easter Vigil

Kyiv is using the war against Russia to forbid citizens from coming to church on Easter ad to attack Orthodox traditional values, pro-Kremlin propaganda writes.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
03 May 2024
Philippe Sands: “Every person can do terrible things”

Philippe Sands: “Every person can do terrible things”

Literature helps us understand the act of justice. To overcome the traumas, inherited from victims or executioners, we need both literature and justice. Writer and international law expert Philippe Sands explains how he embarked on a real-life Nazi literary hunt and why it's still relevant today.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
03 May 2024
Reporting from Ukraine: “We’re already used to death”. Life in Kharkiv under Russian missile fire

Reporting from Ukraine: “We’re already used to death”. Life in Kharkiv under Russian missile fire

Kharkiv has been a target for the Russian army ever since the war broke out. Its inhabitants refuse to leave their homes and carry on with their lives, trying to preserve some sense of normalcy despite the constant shelling.

Tatsiana Ashurkevich
Tatsiana Ashurkevich
01 May 2024
FAKE NEWS: Bucharest fears Moldovans might renounce the Union of 1859

FAKE NEWS: Bucharest fears Moldovans might renounce the Union of 1859

Moldovans in Romania might renounce the Union of Romanian Principalities of 1859, due to the aggressive Romanianization policy promoted by Bucharest in the Republic of Moldova, a so-called political theorist from Transnistria says.

Veridica
Veridica
30 Apr 2024
Putin's Russia is preparing for a long, large-scale war

Putin's Russia is preparing for a long, large-scale war

Beyond Ukraine, Moscow is working on three fronts: strengthening the regime by "shaking up" its own elite, establishing governments-in-exile in former Soviet satellites, and promoting a pro-Russian discourse in the West.

Cosmin Popa
Cosmin Popa
30 Apr 2024
Belarus: video “confessions” as a regime weapon against the opposition

Belarus: video “confessions” as a regime weapon against the opposition

Videos of opposition activists confessing trumped up crimes and praising Aleksandr Lukashenko have been increasingly used in Belarus.

Zmicier Mickievič
Zmicier Mickievič
29 Apr 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine, a Russian invention now run by non-Ukrainians

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine, a Russian invention now run by non-Ukrainians

According to pro-Kremlin propaganda, Ukraine cannot exist without Russia, and the political elites in Kyiv are made up of non-Ukrainians who want to destroy the country.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
26 Apr 2024
Latvia’s tough stance towards Russia is undermined by business connections

Latvia’s tough stance towards Russia is undermined by business connections

From hardliner Dmitri Medvedev’s wine to raw materials for the arms industry, Russian imports are transiting Latvia in spite of the latter’s hawkish stance towards Moscow.

Kaspars Germanis
Kaspars Germanis
26 Apr 2024
Estonia: a political drive against Russian speakers and Moscow’s Patriarchy

Estonia: a political drive against Russian speakers and Moscow’s Patriarchy

Political parties in Estonia are trying to deprive Russian speakers of the right to vote and to kick out of the country the Russian Orthodox Church, seen as a Kremlin mouthpiece.

Olesja Lagashina
Olesja Lagashina
24 Apr 2024
Bulgaria Plunges in Autocracy, One Day a Time

Bulgaria Plunges in Autocracy, One Day a Time

Chiar sub privirea UE și după ani de potențiale reforme, democrația Bulgariei devine tot mai mult una de fațadă, dominată de partidul lui Boiko Borissov și de „sistem”.

Svetoslav Todorov
Svetoslav Todorov
22 Apr 2024
(Pro)Russian disinformation narratives regarding Romania’s Defense Law

(Pro)Russian disinformation narratives regarding Romania’s Defense Law

The proposed amendments to Romania's National Defense Law gave rise to disinformation narratives fostered by Russian propaganda and pro-Russians in the Republic of Moldova.

Veridica
Veridica
21 Apr 2024
Găgăuzia, the pressure point Moscow will use to block Moldova's EU accession

Găgăuzia, the pressure point Moscow will use to block Moldova's EU accession

The administration of the autonomous territorial unit of Găgăuzia in the south of the Republic of Moldova seems to be the latest instrument Russia will use to hinder the European accession of the Republic of Moldova.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
19 Apr 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: NATO might occupy Ukraine, and Russia is defending its sovereignty

WAR PROPAGANDA: NATO might occupy Ukraine, and Russia is defending its sovereignty

Whereas Ukrainian politicians need the war to stay in power, Russia contributes to preserving the sovereignty of Ukraine in the face of threats caused by NATO.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
19 Apr 2024
Bosnia and Herzegovina, between European aspirations and the danger of secession

Bosnia and Herzegovina, between European aspirations and the danger of secession

Bosnia and Herzegovina will start EU accession negotiations 30 years after the end of the civil war. The country has made little progress since, and the Serbs – backed by the Russians – are threatening secession.

Ioana Dumitrescu
Ioana Dumitrescu
17 Apr 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: Kyiv is using a possible nuclear disaster to blackmail the West

WAR PROPAGANDA: Kyiv is using a possible nuclear disaster to blackmail the West

Ukraine is blackmailing the West to cause a nuclear disaster in Europe, unless it receives support for its war effort, according to pro-Kremlin propaganda.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
17 Apr 2024
Is Georgia about to score an own goal?

Is Georgia about to score an own goal?

Georgia could restrict the rights of the LGBT community. The move would hinder the country’s European integration.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
16 Apr 2024
The war with Russia puts pressure on Ukrainian democracy

The war with Russia puts pressure on Ukrainian democracy

The decision to postpone the elections is used by Russian propaganda to question the legitimacy of Volodymyr Zelensky and divide Ukrainian society from within.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
15 Apr 2024
The Stoltenberg proposal: a turning point for NATO. And for Ukraine

The Stoltenberg proposal: a turning point for NATO. And for Ukraine

A 100-billion-euro fund for Ukraine means a precise, long-term commitment with more offensive connotations than the support offered so far by the West.

Iulian Comănescu
Iulian Comănescu
12 Apr 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: The West wants to concede Ukrainian territories to Russia

WAR PROPAGANDA: The West wants to concede Ukrainian territories to Russia

The West is pressing Ukraine to concede certain territories to Russia, but this is a ruse, pro-Kremlin propaganda writes, adding that Zelenskyy will be put on trial for war crimes.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
11 Apr 2024
From the Apocalypse to the “Great Reset”: The Good, The Bad and The East

From the Apocalypse to the “Great Reset”: The Good, The Bad and The East

One of the most recently developed conspiracy theories is the one about the “Great Reset”, whereby the “World Government” is purportedly seeking to establish a totalitarian regime on a global scale.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
11 Apr 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
The fight between Good and Evil, a Russian narrative also circulated in Romania

The fight between Good and Evil, a Russian narrative also circulated in Romania

Russia is fighting a “holy war” against the evil embodied by a coalition of Nazis, Islamists, Westerners and the LGBT community, according to a narrative promoted, among others, by the Moscow Patriarchate. The thesis regarding a “fight between Good and Evil”, which includes this narrative as well, transpires also in disinformation narratives, fake news and conspiracy theories promoted by Russia in the West and in Romania.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
09 Apr 2024
The Great Healthcare Reset

The Great Healthcare Reset

Fewer and fewer Romanians are getting vaccinated, a trend that gained momentum during the Covid-19 pandemic. The phenomenon is related to conspiracy theories regarding the population being made sick intentionally.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
08 Apr 2024