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Mădălin Necșuțu

Mădălin Necșuțu, Journalist

He is the correspondent of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in Chisinau and a reporter for the Center for Journalistic Investigations in Moldova. He holds degrees in history and diplomacy. He has received scholarships and internships in journalism in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. He writes for Balkan Insight, Euronews and other European media.

110 articles - Mădălin Necșuțu:
How Russia’s potential invasion of Ukraine is seen from the Republic of Moldova’s point of view

How Russia’s potential invasion of Ukraine is seen from the Republic of Moldova’s point of view

The crisis in Ukraine has generated a great deal of concern in the Republic of Moldova as well, considering that a possible conflict might also spread to its territory, in Transnistria.

Mădălin Necșuțu
24 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: At the end of the Cold War, the US wanted to dismember Romania and then offered it to Russia

DISINFORMATION: At the end of the Cold War, the US wanted to dismember Romania and then offered it to Russia

The United States proposed the dismantling of Romania and wanted to offer it to Russia at the end of the Cold War, according to a piece of disinformation published in Bucharest. The offer was allegedly made based on theses from “The Clash of Civilizations”, a book that was published a few years later.

Mădălin Necșuțu
19 Jan 2022
The gas bucket challenge: how the Russians and the oppositions have turned the energy crisis in the Republic of Moldova to their own benefit

The gas bucket challenge: how the Russians and the oppositions have turned the energy crisis in the Republic of Moldova to their own benefit

The social media in the Republic of Moldova has been flooded these days by a surging number of pictures of gas bills people uploaded once the energy price rises hit the market. The price hikes and the energy crisis are real, but Moscow and the Moldovan opposition are using them to undermine the pro-European government and its line of reforms.

Mădălin Necșuțu
17 Jan 2022
FAKE NEWS: The EU is turning Romania into a market for low-grade products

FAKE NEWS: The EU is turning Romania into a market for low-grade products

Romania is being turned into a market for products of inferior quality compared to those sold in other EU countries, although traded under the same brand, according to a piece of fake news published in Bucharest. The false narrative is based on a draft law with the specific goal of protecting consumers.

Mădălin Necșuțu
12 Jan 2022
What could Moldovans learn about the “Eastern vector” from the crisis in Kazakhstan

What could Moldovans learn about the “Eastern vector” from the crisis in Kazakhstan

The crisis in Kazakhstan might persuade Moldovans, once and forever, that the model proposed by Russia in its sphere of influence is bound to fail, and that that they need to stop oscillating between the “Eastern” and Western vectors.

Mădălin Necșuțu
10 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: Romania is Russophobic by order of the West, but Romanians share Russia’s values

DISINFORMATION: Romania is Russophobic by order of the West, but Romanians share Russia’s values

Romania is a Russophobic state by order of the West, despite its historical closeness and friendship with Russia. Unlike politicians, however, Romanians appreciate Russia and share the values it defends, according to disinformation published by the Kremlin's mouthpiece, Sputnik.

Mădălin Necșuțu
05 Jan 2022
Why will 2022 be important for the Republic of Moldova: turmoil, challenges and impediments

Why will 2022 be important for the Republic of Moldova: turmoil, challenges and impediments

The Republic of Moldova will face a series of great challenges in 2022, both at home, linked to the reforms promised by the PAS government and the economic evolution of the country, as well as abroad, in the context of the growing tensions between the West and Russia and the crisis in neighboring Ukraine.

Mădălin Necșuțu
03 Jan 2022
The Republic of Moldova on Veridica in 2021: The Year in Review

The Republic of Moldova on Veridica in 2021: The Year in Review

For the Republic of Moldova, 2021 has been ridden with political, social and economic challenges. The highlight of the year was the victory of pro-European forces in the parliamentary election, after in late 2020 Maia Sandu had secured the office of president.

Mădălin Necșuțu
27 Dec 2021
FAKE NEWS: Romania has sent military equipment and troops to Ukraine and NATO will let it stand alone

FAKE NEWS: Romania has sent military equipment and troops to Ukraine and NATO will let it stand alone

Romania has been dragged into a trap by its NATO allies to send military equipment, troops and instructors to Ukraine, but when Russia will start the war against this country, Bucharest will be left to stand alone, according to a false narrative published by Evenimentul Zilei.

Mădălin Necșuțu
22 Dec 2021
Moldova-Romania relations and the issue of the “gentle calf sucking from two cows”

Moldova-Romania relations and the issue of the “gentle calf sucking from two cows”

Relations between the Republic of Moldova and Romania have often been described as privileged, and there is even talk of a strategic partnership. However, on numerous occasions during the last few decades, Bucharest’s efforts and openness have stood out more, even when it was met with hostility by a country that has ever strived to strike a balance between its “Eastern” and Western orientation.

Mădălin Necșuțu
21 Dec 2021
DISINFORMATION: “Romania, NATO’s dumpster”

DISINFORMATION: “Romania, NATO’s dumpster”

Romania has become a dumpster for the military equipment discarded by other NATO member states, which is illustrative of its servitude towards the Allies. This false narrative was prompted by AUR leaders and amplified by Sputnik.

Mădălin Necșuțu
16 Dec 2021
Transnistria: Sheriff’s man holds on to power with Moscow’s blessing

Transnistria: Sheriff’s man holds on to power with Moscow’s blessing

Vadim Krasnoselsky remains at the helm of Transnistria after Sunday’s presidential “election”, which the international community did not recognize. Supported by the Sheriff corporation, Krasnoselsky received the blessing of Moscow, the one who truly controls the breakaway region.

Mădălin Necșuțu
13 Dec 2021
Although operational, the Iasi-Chisinau gas pipeline seems to have a decorative role, rather than a practical one

Although operational, the Iasi-Chisinau gas pipeline seems to have a decorative role, rather than a practical one

The pipeline should have been a first step towards reducing dependence on Russian gas. However, as long as Gazprom’s prices remain lower than on the European markets, the gas pipeline is only decorative.

Mădălin Necșuțu
09 Dec 2021
Fake news: The West is forcing its colony, Romania, to give up profitable business with China

Fake news: The West is forcing its colony, Romania, to give up profitable business with China

Romania yielded to Western demands and gave up the chance to develop with Chinese money. Meanwhile, other countries are developing thanks to Chinese investments, according to a false narrative promoted by Sputnik.

Mădălin Necșuțu
08 Dec 2021
FAKE NEWS: Omicron variant, made up to impose a global dictatorship

FAKE NEWS: Omicron variant, made up to impose a global dictatorship

The Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus is just a new reason for the “world occult” to sow terror among the population, according to a false narrative published in Romania. The beneficiaries of the fear would be the so-called Big Pharma companies.

Mădălin Necșuțu
01 Dec 2021
Russia’s latest mischiefs prove why Moldova must diversify its gas and electricity sources

Russia’s latest mischiefs prove why Moldova must diversify its gas and electricity sources

Less than a month after Moldova signed a new contract for the delivery of natural gas, Moscow proved it knows how to use its terms to its advantage. It is clear that Moldova’s energy problems are far from over, and the only medium- and long-term solution out of this deadlock is to diversify its suppliers.

Mădălin Necșuțu
30 Nov 2021
FAKE NEWS: “Romania, a bridgehead for a NATO-Russia war”

FAKE NEWS: “Romania, a bridgehead for a NATO-Russia war”

Romania will be drawn into a NATO-Russia war in Ukraine and Romanians will be cannon fodder in the front line, according to a false narrative carried recently by the media in Bucharest.

Mădălin Necșuțu
24 Nov 2021
Romania and Moldova: between lost chances and strengthening ties

Romania and Moldova: between lost chances and strengthening ties

On Tuesday, Maia Sandu pays a visit to a Bucharest, which, preoccupied with the political and epidemiological crisis it faces, has placed the bilateral relationship somewhere in the background. As it has often happened in the last 30 years, opportunities have been missed; but even so, ties continue to strengthen.

Mădălin Necșuțu
22 Nov 2021
FAKE NEWS: Laura Codruța Kovesi might lose her position at the helm of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office

FAKE NEWS: Laura Codruța Kovesi might lose her position at the helm of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office

Laura Codruţa Kovesi risks losing the office of chief European Prosecutor after losing a court case against the Superior Council of Magistracy, according to a piece of fake news promoted in Romania. The news also contains a grain of truth: Kovesi did lose the court case against CSM.

Mădălin Necșuțu
17 Nov 2021
100 days of pro-European governance in the Republic of Moldova: achievements and failures

100 days of pro-European governance in the Republic of Moldova: achievements and failures

The PAS administration marked 100 days since it took office by publishing an activity report presenting its achievements. Overall, the Government in Chișinău had a number of accomplishments, but things are not as peachy as the aforementioned report suggests.

Mădălin Necșuțu
15 Nov 2021
FAKE NEWS: Famine will strike in Romania as well, and stores have begun rationing certain products

FAKE NEWS: Famine will strike in Romania as well, and stores have begun rationing certain products

Romania will be affected by a severe shortage of food, and the first signs of the global famine have already started to show. The narrative was built starting from an announcement on a shop window.

Mădălin Necșuțu
10 Nov 2021
From SM-3 to SMR: How America brings Romania under the energy security umbrella

From SM-3 to SMR: How America brings Romania under the energy security umbrella

The strategic partnership between Romania and the USA will enter a new stage, after the signing last Thursday of a very important agreement between the Romanian state-owned company Nuclearelectrica and the US NuScale Power on the deployment in Romania of small modular nuclear reactors, known as SMR, which will give access to a new source of clean energy.

Mădălin Necșuțu
08 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: Romania is becoming an Orthodox front against the West

DISINFORMATION: Romania is becoming an Orthodox front against the West

A political force will rise in Romania that will take power to fight for the country’s sovereignty and for the Orthodox Church, the Kremlin’s mouthpiece, Sputnik, writes.

Mădălin Necșuțu
04 Nov 2021
The gas crisis: Chisinau’s Pyrrhic victory in the negotiations with Gazprom

The gas crisis: Chisinau’s Pyrrhic victory in the negotiations with Gazprom

Announced with bells and whistles as a big thing achieved by the Republic of Moldova with regard to the gas supply from Russia, the new contract with Gazprom is not exactly a success, either economically or politically.

Mădălin Necșuțu
01 Nov 2021
FAKE News: Romania wants to appoint a general imposed by the US to start a war in Ukraine and the Black Sea area

FAKE News: Romania wants to appoint a general imposed by the US to start a war in Ukraine and the Black Sea area

The National Liberal Party (PNL) wants to see appointed a government headed by the General Nicolae Ciucă in order to engage Romania in a war against Russia in Ukraine. The false narrative is constructed by drawing a forced parallel with moments in the history of Romania when active or retired officers were appointed prime ministers.

Mădălin Necșuțu
27 Oct 2021
Dodon’s bluff: his apparent exit from domestic politics and “defection” to Moscow

Dodon’s bluff: his apparent exit from domestic politics and “defection” to Moscow

Igor Dodon’s surprising announcement about his withdrawal from political life and entry into business early last week raised a lot of questions regarding the former pro-Russian president’s actual endgame.

Mădălin Necșuțu
25 Oct 2021
FAKE NEWS: The fires in Romanian hospitals were fabricated, while anti-COVID-19 vaccines are expired

FAKE NEWS: The fires in Romanian hospitals were fabricated, while anti-COVID-19 vaccines are expired

Romania’s stocks of anti-coronavirus vaccines are expired, whereas the fires reported in Romanian hospitals in the last year have been stage-directed. These false narratives have been circulating for some time, and were recently promoted by the bishop of Giurgiu.

Mădălin Necșuțu
21 Oct 2021
The Metropolitanate of Moldova and Moscow’s ploys in Chișinău

The Metropolitanate of Moldova and Moscow’s ploys in Chișinău

The Metropolitanate of Moldova is one of the instruments Russia is using to exert its influence in Chișinău. From backing pro-Russian politicians in election campaigns to blocking certain pieces of legislation that would take Moldova closer to Europe, the Metropolitanate has constantly shown that religion is hardly its sole concern.

Mădălin Necșuțu
20 Oct 2021
FAKE NEWS: Romania will deploy military forces under EU command to Crimea

FAKE NEWS: Romania will deploy military forces under EU command to Crimea

Romanian troops are expected to take part in Ukraine’s military operation aimed at retaking Crimea.

Mădălin Necșuțu
13 Oct 2021
The Republic of Moldova is still vulnerable to Russia

The Republic of Moldova is still vulnerable to Russia

The pro-European government in Chisinau has entered a complicated period. Judicial reform has already begun in force and has already generated an internal crisis due to the detention of the prosecutor general, a measure that has been described as too harsh by some analysts, recalling a real "judicial blietzkrieg". This is exactly the kind of situation that Russia usually exploits, and Moscow has a few levers at its disposal to ensure that Moldova goes in the direction it wants.

Mădălin Necșuțu
11 Oct 2021
FAKE NEWS: The anti-COVID vaccine induces sterility across three generations

FAKE NEWS: The anti-COVID vaccine induces sterility across three generations

Senator Diana Șoșoacă, elected in Parliament on behalf of AUR, but who no longer represents this party, said the anti-COVID vaccines may cause sterility across three generations as a possible side effect.

Mădălin Necșuțu
07 Oct 2021
Chisinau’s diplomatic offensive and the sinuous road from image to success

Chisinau’s diplomatic offensive and the sinuous road from image to success

After Maia Sandu and PAS took over the reins of power, Chisinau started a genuine diplomatic offensive. There is openness towards the Republic of Moldova in the western chancelleries, as well as willingness to help, but that is no guarantee for success. A decade ago, the country was in a similar situation, but the failure of the governments that followed eventually led to years of isolation.

Mădălin Necșuțu
04 Oct 2021
From Intermarium to the Three Seas Initiative: how former USSR satellites can curb Russia’s influence in Europe

From Intermarium to the Three Seas Initiative: how former USSR satellites can curb Russia’s influence in Europe

After the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia’s acts of aggression and its military-oriented stance on NATO’s eastern flank have inevitably become a reason for concern for a number of countries in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly those behind the former Iron Curtain under Russia’s sphere of influence. Efforts to connect European infrastructure from north to south may curb Moscow’s influence in the region, and inadvertently boost the collective security of central and east-European states.

Mădălin Necșuțu
27 Sep 2021
FAKE NEWS: Romania – on the brink of war due to anti-COVID restrictions

FAKE NEWS: Romania – on the brink of war due to anti-COVID restrictions

Much like the rest of Europe, Romania will be drawn into a war due to restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic, reads a narrative promoted by the Kremlin’s mouthpiece, Sputnik.

Mădălin Necșuțu
30 Sep 2021
DISINFORMATION – Romania lost its sovereignty and national dignity, but Liviu Dragnea can restore them

DISINFORMATION – Romania lost its sovereignty and national dignity, but Liviu Dragnea can restore them

Romania may regain its sovereignty and national dignity with the help of politicians such as former PSD leader, Liviu Dragnea. The narrative is promoted by Sputnik, which picks up on an article written by a Romanian journalist in China. It is part of the older meta-narrative promoting sovereigntism and hostility towards the West.

Mădălin Necșuțu
23 Sep 2021
John Lloyd: „Russia had never quite given up the ambition to command again”

John Lloyd: „Russia had never quite given up the ambition to command again”

Russia is trying to regain influence in its former Eastern European empire through fake news and influence peddling, according to Financial Times journalist, John Lloyd. The former Moscow correspondent talked to Veridica about the way Moscow is using propaganda in pursuit of its foreign policy objectives.

Mădălin Necșuțu
20 Sep 2021
FAKE NEWS: Klaus Iohannis caused the political crisis in Romania in order to make the future government in Bucharest subservient to the German left wing

FAKE NEWS: Klaus Iohannis caused the political crisis in Romania in order to make the future government in Bucharest subservient to the German left wing

The political crisis in Romania was deliberately caused by president Klaus Iohannis, who wants to align the future government in Romania, made up of PNL and PSD, a rehashed version of the former USL, with the German Social-Democrats, who are expected to win the election in Germany.

Mădălin Necșuțu
15 Sep 2021
“Football paradiplomacy” or how Transnistria has come into the limelight in Europe thanks to sports

“Football paradiplomacy” or how Transnistria has come into the limelight in Europe thanks to sports

Sheriff Tiraspol, Moldova’s top football club, may be used by the regime in Transnistria to give some visibility to the separatist region and to try to gain a minimum of legitimacy on the international stage.

Mădălin Necșuțu
13 Sep 2021
DISINFORMATION – Romania was liberated by the Red Army and the Tudor Vladimirescu Division, made up of Romanian anti-fascist volunteers

DISINFORMATION – Romania was liberated by the Red Army and the Tudor Vladimirescu Division, made up of Romanian anti-fascist volunteers

77 years since the Tudor Vladimirescu division entered Bucharest, the Russian Embassy in Romania has reiterated a number of older narratives about Romania’s liberation by the Red Army, the role played by the abovementioned division, made up of former Romanian prisoners of war, as well as about Romania’s cooperation with the USSR.

Mădălin Necșuțu
09 Sep 2021
Ukraine policy on Transnistria stirs things up for Chisinau

Ukraine policy on Transnistria stirs things up for Chisinau

Ukraine’s policy towards Transnistria also impacts the agenda of the Government in Chișinău, which would rather focus on domestic reforms. Kiev decided to ban the access of all vehicles registered in Transnistria from entering its territory starting September 1, although Chișinău authorities wanted to delay the measure.

Mădălin Necșuțu
07 Sep 2021
FAKE NEWS: Romania is a US colony where censorship is being imposed

FAKE NEWS: Romania is a US colony where censorship is being imposed

Romania is a US colony that blindly takes all of Washington's orders and transposes a US model of censorship of the press and freedom of opinion

Mădălin Necșuțu
01 Sep 2021
How Romanian language is used as a tool in the hybrid war waged by Moscow in the Republic of Moldova

How Romanian language is used as a tool in the hybrid war waged by Moscow in the Republic of Moldova

During the 30 years since the Republic of Moldova gained its independence, the language spoken in that country has been skillfully used not only as a bone of contention in domestic identity disputes, but also as a tool in the hybrid war waged by Russia on the territory of the Republic of Moldova and beyond.

Mădălin Necșuțu
31 Aug 2021
DISINFORMATION – The collapse of the USSR was a failure for mankind, Stalin was a pacifist ahead of his time

DISINFORMATION – The collapse of the USSR was a failure for mankind, Stalin was a pacifist ahead of his time

The 1991 coup in Moscow, which put an end to the Soviet Union, was a mistake that resulted in a great loss for mankind, Sputnik.md writes. This false narrative is part of a wider process of rewriting history and embellishing the image and actions of the USSR.

Mădălin Necșuțu
26 Aug 2021
Dumitru Alaiba: “Transnistria is not an "issue", it’s a corruption scheme in place for more than 30 years now.”

Dumitru Alaiba: “Transnistria is not an "issue", it’s a corruption scheme in place for more than 30 years now.”

Dumitru Alaiba is one of the most vocal and visible deputies of the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), which became the ruling party in Chisinau. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of Moldova's independence, Veridica spoke with Dumitru Alaiba about Russia's declining influence in Chisinau, the interests that link some Moldovan politicians to Transnistria, but also about corruption and the politics of the past 30 years.

Mădălin Necșuțu
25 Aug 2021
FAKE NEWS: Klaus Iohannis will illegally bring Afghan migrants to Romania

FAKE NEWS: Klaus Iohannis will illegally bring Afghan migrants to Romania

President Klaus Iohannis is accused of wanting to allow a wave of Afghan refugees to Romania, thus violating the country's constitution. This false narrative emerged after the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Bucharest was considering bringing to the country some of the Afghans who had worked for the Romanian forces during the years in which they were on a mission in Afghanistan.

Mădălin Necșuțu
19 Aug 2021
The huge stake in the complicated equation of destroying Soviet ammunition in Transnistria

The huge stake in the complicated equation of destroying Soviet ammunition in Transnistria

The possibility of destroying the ammunition of Soviet origin kept in depos in the village of Cobasna, in the Transnistrian separatist region, has aroused Moscow's interest, at least at a declarative level.

Mădălin Necșuțu
18 Aug 2021
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine will draw Romania into a war with Russia

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine will draw Romania into a war with Russia

Romania will be drawn into a military conflict with Russia by Ukraine, a state that wants to reclaim the Crimean peninsula. It's all part of a plan devised by the Americans, who use intermediaries to provoke Russia at the Black Sea.

Mădălin Necșuțu
12 Aug 2021
FAKE NEWS: Pedophilia, a state policy in Germany

FAKE NEWS: Pedophilia, a state policy in Germany

Supporting the rights of the LGBTQI community is a disguise for the promotion of pedophilia, according to a narrative carried by some online publications in Romania. The narrative has been intensely used by the Russian media affiliated with the Kremlin, and in Bucharest it has now reappeared in the context of a pedophilia scandal in Germany and an increasingly louder discourse about the traditional family.

Mădălin Necșuțu
29 Jul 2021
Will the pro-European power in Chișinău capitalize on its victory to the benefit of Moldova?

Will the pro-European power in Chișinău capitalize on its victory to the benefit of Moldova?

The Republic of Moldova has been presented with a historic opportunity, after pro-European forces, represented by the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), have secured the Parliament, the Government and the Presidency. The post-Soviet period of transition may now be over, and the pro-European track, which has been in the limelight in Chișinău for three decades, may become irreversible.

Mădălin Necșuțu
27 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: Romania and Ukraine will have a common army and, together, the two countries are playing the US regional game against Russia

FAKE NEWS: Romania and Ukraine will have a common army and, together, the two countries are playing the US regional game against Russia

Romania is about to build a common army with Ukraine, and this is a plan devised by the US against Russia, a false narrative carried by media in Bucharest and Chisinau reads. The narrative quotes inexistent provisions of a military cooperation agreement between Romania and Ukraine.

Mădălin Necșuțu
21 Jul 2021
How the new power in Chisinau will manage the relation with Moscow. Threats from the Kremlin

How the new power in Chisinau will manage the relation with Moscow. Threats from the Kremlin

After winning the presidential elections, Maia Sandu has stabilized and secured the relations with the country’s closest neighbors - Romania and Ukraine. The legitimate question arises whether she has also managed to stabilize the complicated relationship between the Republic of Moldova and Russia, especially in the new context created by the recent parliamentary elections, won by the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), which she has founded.

Mădălin Necșuțu
19 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: Dodon is not Russia’s man and Moscow did not interfere in the Republic of Moldova’s parliamentary elections

FAKE NEWS: Dodon is not Russia’s man and Moscow did not interfere in the Republic of Moldova’s parliamentary elections

Russia did not interfere, for the benefit of Igor Dodon, in the parliamentary elections lost by the pro-Russian left parties in Chisinau, Ion Cristoiu writes in an article taken over by sputnik.md. Cristoiu goes even further beyond this false narrative and speculates that Maia Sandu and her PAS will fail miserably, as they are unable to implement reforms.

Mădălin Necșuțu
15 Jul 2021
How Russia lost the parliamentary election in the Republic of Moldova and the pro-Europeans’ tribulations of success

How Russia lost the parliamentary election in the Republic of Moldova and the pro-Europeans’ tribulations of success

Not even the most optimistic supporters of the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) were expecting a landslide victory in the early parliamentary election. PAS didn’t just face left-wing parties, represented by the Electoral Bloc of Communists and Socialists, but Russia itself, which tried to lend the latter a helping hand. Yet its victory is only the beginning: the real challenge for PAS lies ahead.

Mădălin Necșuțu
13 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu and PAS, illegally funded by the West

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu and PAS, illegally funded by the West

Maia Sandu and PAS get massive cash injections from the European People’s Party (EPP), while taking part in this external funding operation are number of national parties affiliated to the EPP, according to a New Europe article promoted by the Socialists and their media outlets. The article contains inaccurate data, provides zero evidence and also picks up on a number of false narratives promoted by Kremlin-linked press institutions, as well as by pro-Russian forces in Chișinău.

Mădălin Necșuțu
07 Jul 2021
Willingly or unwillingly, Romania gets swirled into the election clash in the Republic of Moldova

Willingly or unwillingly, Romania gets swirled into the election clash in the Republic of Moldova

The parliamentary election in the Republic of Moldova represents an important stake for Bucharest, for several reasons: its partnership with Chișinău, the existence of thousands of people with double citizenship, etc. Political and non-political actors have got involved in the election campaign which has entered its last week in the Republic of Moldova, considering this Sunday, on July 11, snap elections will take place. A brief overview of some of the latest developments paint a rather interesting picture of direct interests of the Romanian state, but also a number of special ones, more often than not in gray or outright black areas.

Mădălin Necșuțu
05 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu directed the secret services to eliminate candidates running against PAS

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu directed the secret services to eliminate candidates running against PAS

Maia Sandu wants to eliminate electoral competition in favor of the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), which she led before becoming president, according to a false narrative promoted by AUR and the pro-Russian forces in Chisinau. The promoters of the narrative knowingly ignore the political and administrative realities of the Republic of Moldova, in an attempt to undermine the party that stands as favorite in the polls.

Mădălin Necșuțu
01 Jul 2021
The Moldovan testing ground for Russian intelligence's propaganda

The Moldovan testing ground for Russian intelligence's propaganda

Russia allegedly had a plan to influence the 2020 presidential elections in Moldova, but abandoned it when it came to light. An analysis of the current campaign suggests, though, that at least in part, ideas devised by the Russian secret services are still being put into practice.

Mădălin Necșuțu
28 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: Romania does not recognize “the Moldovan language”, and this shows that it carries out an expansionist policy

FAKE NEWS: Romania does not recognize “the Moldovan language”, and this shows that it carries out an expansionist policy

Romania does not recognize the existence of a “Moldovan language” and this proves that it seeks to absorb territories, the Socialists in the Republic of Moldova say. The theory on the Romanian “threat” is being reactivated in the context of the election campaign in Chisinau, after Bucharest asked Ukraine to admit that there was no Moldovan language, but a mere political invention used for expansionist purposes by the USSR.

Mădălin Necșuțu
23 Jun 2021
The election campaign in Chișinău, dominated by hate speech

The election campaign in Chișinău, dominated by hate speech

Pentru prima oară în istoria campaniilor electorale din Republica Moldova, un competitor politic major – blocul format de comuniști și socialiști – adoptă un mesaj central de campanie ferm xenofob, care se încadrează în definiția discursului de ură (hate speech). Cele două formațiuni nu sunt însă singurele care apelează la un astfel de discurs. Străinii, persoanele în etate, femeile, comunitatea LGBTQI etc. au fost vizate în actuala campanie de discursul de ură.

Mădălin Necșuțu
21 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: Western enemies have access to classified information and are influencing politics in Chișinău

FAKE NEWS: Western enemies have access to classified information and are influencing politics in Chișinău

Former officers with the so-called “power structures” in the Republic of Moldova have intervened in the election campaign to express concern with the developments at home, but also to warn that foreign powers have access to external information. The narratives are part of the anti-Western rhetoric employed by pro-Russian political parties in Chișinău in the election campaign.

Mădălin Necșuțu
16 Jun 2021
Electoral programs before the elections in Moldova: between promises and populism

Electoral programs before the elections in Moldova: between promises and populism

Early parliamentary elections will be held in Moldova on July 11. The list of candidates is long, with no less than 53 parties and electoral blocs officially registered to take part in the race for 101 parliament seats. Of these, no more than six have a real chance of crossing the electoral thresholds of 5% for parties or 7% for electoral blocs consisting of two or more parties. Veridica carried out a brief x-ray of the electoral programs proposed by the main competitors.

Mădălin Necșuțu
14 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: Anti-COVID vaccination turns people into zombies, and their skin will turn to scales

FAKE NEWS: Anti-COVID vaccination turns people into zombies, and their skin will turn to scales

Father Zenovie, the abbot of Nechit Monastery in Neamț County, told his congregation, during service, that people who got vaccinated will become zombies and their skin will turn to fish scales.

Mădălin Necșuțu
09 Jun 2021
The geopolitics of lending: Moscow’s concocted counteroffer to the EU’s financial assistance to Chișinău

The geopolitics of lending: Moscow’s concocted counteroffer to the EU’s financial assistance to Chișinău

With the early parliamentary election in the Republic of Moldova around the corner, the political and economic chatter is again focusing on the benefits for Chișinău. The matter has again sparked a polemic: would it be better for the Republic of Moldova to head east or west? A persistent question which Moldovan politicians have been juggling with for three decades, while Moldova remains one of Europe’s poorest and most corrupt countries, with one of the largest shares of population migration.

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08 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: The US is making up the "Protasevich scandal" as a diversion to divert attention from accepting Nord Stream 2

FAKE NEWS: The US is making up the "Protasevich scandal" as a diversion to divert attention from accepting Nord Stream 2

According to a fake narrative published in Romania, the arrest of Belarusian journalist and activist Roman Protasevich by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk is just a diversion staged by Washington to distract attention from waiving sanctions on the construction of the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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02 Jun 2021
Why two swords together can’t fit into the same sheath. The main reasons for the discord among unionist forces in Chisinau

Why two swords together can’t fit into the same sheath. The main reasons for the discord among unionist forces in Chisinau

The unionist movement in the Republic of Moldova has always benefited from the contribution of some intellectuals and could count on the votes of about 10% of the electorate. This electorate has become increasingly fragmented in recent years, amid differences between unionists, who have split into competing parties. The centrifugal trend has worsened over time and it is very likely that not even for the snap elections of July 11 the unionist forces will be able to coagulate.

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01 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: Romania and Poland engaged in ‘air piracy’ against Russian officials

FAKE NEWS: Romania and Poland engaged in ‘air piracy’ against Russian officials

The former deputy prime minister and envoy of the Kremlin to Moldova and Transnistria, Dmitry Rogozin, drew a parallel between the hijacking of the plane from Belarus, which had the journalist and activist Roman Protasevich on board, and his situation in July 2017, when he was on the list of Russian officials sanctioned by the EU for the annexation of Crimea and the war in Eastern Ukraine, and was therefore not allowed to land on EU territory or fly over its airspace.

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26 May 2021
About “joints”, politics and organized crime in the Republic of Moldova

About “joints”, politics and organized crime in the Republic of Moldova

Moldovan citizens often call their country “Wonderland”. Obviously, they do it pejoratively, and the election campaign for the snap parliamentary elections due on July 11th seems to be another reason to call it that. In the past week, there’s been an outcry in the entire Moldovan media about a so-called disclosure made by a controversial police officer.

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24 May 2021
FAKE NEWS: Liviu Dragnea, a victim of the US and Romanian judiciaries

FAKE NEWS: Liviu Dragnea, a victim of the US and Romanian judiciaries

Russian propaganda is trying to portray former Social-Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea as the victim of the machinations of the US and Romanian justice systems

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20 May 2021
Kremlin's game: the pressure points that Moscow will use during Moldova's elections campaign

Kremlin's game: the pressure points that Moscow will use during Moldova's elections campaign

Russian claims that EU and the USA are allegedly interfering in the parliamentary election in Chișinău, scheduled for July 11. On May 13, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, said “it is regrettable to see the growing interference of the United States and EU countries in the domestic politics of the Republic of Moldova, something which we firmly condemn”.

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17 May 2021
FAKE NEWS: Russia, the victim of Western propaganda

FAKE NEWS: Russia, the victim of Western propaganda

The military exercises Moscow organizes in Crimea are legitimate since they take place on Russian soil, Russia’s Ambassador in Bucharest, Valery Kuzmin said in an interview, rehashing a number of Kremlin propaganda theses, including a few related to World War II.

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13 May 2021
The Die Has Been Cast: Moldova’s Elections at a GLANCE

The Die Has Been Cast: Moldova’s Elections at a GLANCE

Making predictions before elections in the Republic of Moldova means hazarding a guess. Such an action requires not only knowledge and intuition, but also a lot of luck and a special flair for anticipating last-minute backstage arrangements. However, the campaign for the snap parliamentary elections due on July 11 has kicked off, and based on current data and trends, we will analyze who the actors are and what chances they stand at the moment. A dirty election campaign is announced from the left wing, which seems ready to bring into play resources that are incomparable to those available to the right.

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10 May 2021
FAKE NEWS: Iohannis and Patriarch Daniel made a secret deal to have the Church support coronavirus vaccination in exchange for relaxing restrictions on religious services.

FAKE NEWS: Iohannis and Patriarch Daniel made a secret deal to have the Church support coronavirus vaccination in exchange for relaxing restrictions on religious services.

Patriarch Daniel's urging Romanians to get vaccinated is the result of "secret deals" between him and the head of state, Klaus Iohannis, after the meeting they had in February. The fact that the Easter services were allowed this year would be the result of a trade-off between the Church and the Presidency, so that the ROC priests become promoters of vaccination.

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06 May 2021
Russia’s relations with the West are more complicated in the Putin era than during the Cold War

Russia’s relations with the West are more complicated in the Putin era than during the Cold War

In a little over four years, Russia has become increasingly belligerent towards the West, hitting a new milestone, which is interesting, to put it mildly: three hundred and eleven (!) Russian diplomats have been expelled from the United States and Europe due to their actions in these states.

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05 May 2021
FAKE NEWS: Russian diplomats do not carry out any illegal activities in Romania, and Russia and Romania have a common history that should bring them closer

FAKE NEWS: Russian diplomats do not carry out any illegal activities in Romania, and Russia and Romania have a common history that should bring them closer

Russia carries out a classic type of diplomatic activity, within the law, while other diplomats accredited to Bucharest interfere in Romania's internal affairs, says Russian Ambassador Valeri Kuzmin, who repeats the fake narratives used by the Kremlin in its attempt to pose as a victim.

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28 Apr 2021
Blitzkrieg-style attack on the rule of law: Dodon’s all-out war against the Constitutional Court

Blitzkrieg-style attack on the rule of law: Dodon’s all-out war against the Constitutional Court

Former president Igor Dodon, the current leader of the Party of Socialists in the Republic of Moldova (PSRM), the largest party in the Moldovan Parliament, seems determined to cling to power, much like his predecessors. It was only a matter of time before Dodon moved from theory to practice. Therefore, at the end of last week, while on a visit to Moscow, Dodon mounted a fierce attack on the rule of law, namely on the Constitutional Court in Chișinău.

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26 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: Russia will border Romania after it will occupy a big part of Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: Russia will border Romania after it will occupy a big part of Ukraine

Romania will neighbor Russia, once the Russian army have conquered a large part of Ukraine and cut its access to the Black Sea. Also, Russia will conquer the east and south of Ukraine, along with the Transnistria region in the Republic of Moldova.

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21 Apr 2021
The Soviet-style power vertical, still very much alive in Moldova. The Igor Dodon case

The Soviet-style power vertical, still very much alive in Moldova. The Igor Dodon case

The surrender or transfer of power have always been the center of attention in Chisinau, which proves that democracy, even after 30 years of independence from the Soviet Union, is still fragile.

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19 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: US, Moldova and Romania are getting ready to attack Transnistria

FAKE NEWS: US, Moldova and Romania are getting ready to attack Transnistria

The US, Romania and the Republic of Moldova are preparing to attack Russia's main strategic sites in the Transnistrian separatist region, such as the former USSR arms depot in Cobasna, according to Kremlin’s propaganda arm, Sputnik. The narrative is being promoted while tensions are building up around Ukraine as Russia is concentrating troops in the area.

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15 Apr 2021
How the pandemic has shaped geopolitical perception in the Republic of Moldova

How the pandemic has shaped geopolitical perception in the Republic of Moldova

The Pandemic has shaped the perception of the citizens in the Republic of Moldova about the East and the West. Whereas one year ago, Russia and China were very cleverly scoring points in terms of visibility in Chișinău, over the last 12 months the roles have been reversed with the EU and Romania.

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12 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: Romania is wasting money on military endowment, while NATO allies evade the military spending they’d committed themselves to

FAKE NEWS: Romania is wasting money on military endowment, while NATO allies evade the military spending they’d committed themselves to

The narratives are part of the attempt to undermine Romanians’ trust in NATO and puts a question mark over Romania’s commitments as a member of the North Atlantic Alliance.

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07 Apr 2021
NATO, besieged by Russian spies. The Biot case, merely a scene from a longer movie

NATO, besieged by Russian spies. The Biot case, merely a scene from a longer movie

The latest espionage scandal in Italy, whereby an Italian officer with access to confidential NATO information was caught red-handed while selling secret documents to a Russian military attaché, once again highlights hostile Russian actions against NATO. The resurgence of such activities occurred especially after the Euromaidan and the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014.

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06 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: Dominic Fritz and Klaus Iohannis are “Nazis” with dictatorial and anti-Semitic behaviors targeted against the AUR “peaceful demonstrators”

FAKE NEWS: Dominic Fritz and Klaus Iohannis are “Nazis” with dictatorial and anti-Semitic behaviors targeted against the AUR “peaceful demonstrators”

The Kremlin-affiliated press condemns the Romanian authorities who criticize the protests launched by the AUR party against the restrictions imposed by quarantine in the context of an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Romania and around the world.

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01 Apr 2021
From "flower bridges" to pragmatism. Romanian soft power in Moldova.

From "flower bridges" to pragmatism. Romanian soft power in Moldova.

In recent years, Romania has funded numerous projects that have had a direct impact on the population. In parallel, a certain type of patriotic discourse, irritating for a significant part of the population of the Republic of Moldova, has been tempered as well. The result of this policy carried out with soft-power tools is that while the declared unionist parties in Chisinau are free falling in the electorate’s preferences, paradoxically the number of unionists is on the rise.

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29 Mar 2021
DISINFORMATION: Romania wants to punish Moscow for “the criminal Sergey Magnitsky” and to adopt an anti-Russia law

DISINFORMATION: Romania wants to punish Moscow for “the criminal Sergey Magnitsky” and to adopt an anti-Russia law

The Romanian Parliament is preparing, out of obedience to the United States, an anti-Russian law designed for a corrupt lawyer. This false narrative appears in a post on the Facebook page of the Russian embassy in Bucharest, criticizing the so-called Magnitsky law, which is in the Chamber of Deputies now after it was endorsed by the Senate. The law provides, in fact, for the imposition of sanctions on foreign nationals who are guilty of serious human rights violations.

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25 Mar 2021
SUA and Russia lock horns again: conclusions on the security context in Eastern Europe

SUA and Russia lock horns again: conclusions on the security context in Eastern Europe

The latest tensions between presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are definitely giving political analysts from all over the world a headache, as they try to decrypt the discourses of the two presidents and somehow foresee where they’re leading. The United States and Russia have a number of imporant topics on their current agenda, such as the developments in Ukraine, Syria, the Iranian nuclear file or the situation in Northern Africa. USA and Russia also fell out over the poisoning and sentencing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the SolarWinds cyber-attacks scandal and Moscow’s bounties on US troops in Afghanistan.

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26 Mar 2021
The Russian MFA accuses Romania of conducting revisionist policies and trying to erase the memory of the “Russian liberating troops”.

The Russian MFA accuses Romania of conducting revisionist policies and trying to erase the memory of the “Russian liberating troops”.

Russian diplomacy seems bent on escalating tensions over the proposal to rename the Tolbukhin Park in Bucharest. After the Russian’s embassy initial reaction, the matter was approached by the spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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17 Mar 2021
The Republic of Moldova and a soft power game à la russe

The Republic of Moldova and a soft power game à la russe

The failure of pro-Russian Igor Dodon in the presidential elections in the Republic of Moldova does not seem to have upset the Kremlin much: instead of being reprimanded, the officer in charge of the Moldovan case (and assisting Dodon in the election campaign) was promoted in early March. At first glance, the promotion seems to be a job rotation decision, but in reality, it’s part of a broader reorganization of the departments dealing with the former Soviet space and the separatist regions supported by Moscow.

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15 Mar 2021