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Mariana Vasilache

Mariana Vasilache, Journalist

She earned a Master's degree in journalism from the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences, USM. She is a News Editor at the public station Radio Romania Chisinau, being part of the team that launched the station in 2011. Between 1998-2007 she worked at the former municipal radio station Antena Chisinau.

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

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

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

Mariana Vasilache
17 May 2022
FAKE NEWS: The government of the Republic of Moldova is being challenged by the population for supporting Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: The government of the Republic of Moldova is being challenged by the population for supporting Ukraine

The pro-European government in Chisinau does not respect the neutrality status of the Republic of Moldova, and an ideological and geopolitical gap has formed between the power and the population, which will trigger massive protests, writes the Russian press, taken over by Russian-language publications in Chisinau. The narratives are intended to discredit the government in Chisinau because it has spoken out against the war in Ukraine and banned its symbols.

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

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

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

Mariana Vasilache
10 May 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: UKRAINIANS ARE SATANISTS

WAR PROPAGANDA: UKRAINIANS ARE SATANISTS

Ukrainian soldiers practice satanic rituals invoking dark forces to help them in battle, according to the Russian news agency Ria Novosti. The story aims to demonize the opponent, the Ukrainian army.

Mariana Vasilache
08 May 2022
The Russian independent media writes about how Moscow hides its military causalities in Ukraine and the Russians who oppose the war

The Russian independent media writes about how Moscow hides its military causalities in Ukraine and the Russians who oppose the war

The Russian independent media continue to report on the war in Ukraine and its impact on the people of Russia, on the Russian soldiers who have disappeared during the invasion and the families that are looking for them, on young people who are forced to sign contracts to fight in the war, or on Russian citizens protesting against the aggression, even if they risk their freedom and their lives.

Mariana Vasilache
03 May 2022
FAKE NEWS: The attacks in Transnistria were staged by the West to bring Moldova into NATO and capture Soviet-era ammunition

FAKE NEWS: The attacks in Transnistria were staged by the West to bring Moldova into NATO and capture Soviet-era ammunition

Western states and Ukraine have staged terrorist acts in Transnistria in order to push Moldova into NATO and capture the ammunition stored in the region from the days of the Soviet Union, the Russian media writes. These false narratives are used alongside an older metanarrative about the West’s responsibility for the war in Ukraine.

Mariana Vasilache
30 Apr 2022
The Russian independent media about war crimes and how the regime’s lies are spread in international courts, history books and schools of journalism

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

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

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

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

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

Mariana Vasilache
18 Apr 2022
DISINFORMATION: The banning of Russian army symbols is an insult to Moldova's history and values

DISINFORMATION: The banning of Russian army symbols is an insult to Moldova's history and values

Moldovans must be grateful to the USSR because they were liberated in 1945 and were later able to found a state. The narrative, launched after the Republic of Moldova banned symbols associated with the Russian army and the invasion of Ukraine, ignores the fact that the USSR was an aggressor at the beginning of World War II, and at the end of it became an occupying power.

Mariana Vasilache
16 Apr 2022
Presa rusă independentă compară crimele armatei lui Putin cu cele ale Armatei Roșii și scrie cum criza economică din Rusia îi determină pe oameni să fure conserve din magazine

Presa rusă independentă compară crimele armatei lui Putin cu cele ale Armatei Roșii și scrie cum criza economică din Rusia îi determină pe oameni să fure conserve din magazine

Crimele comise de militarii ruși în Ucraina amintesc de cele ale ostașilor sovietici din cel de-Al Doilea Război Mondial, potrivit presei independente ruse, care continuă să lucreze în ciuda faptului că a fost, practic, interzisă în Rusia. În monitorizarea Veridica mai puteți citi cum au devenit caucazienii carne de tun în armata rusă, despre eforturile de îndoctrinare în școli, dar și cum, din cauza crizei economice, oamenii au ajuns să fure alimente.

Mariana Vasilache
12 Apr 2022
Three Soviet myths taken over by Putin’s propaganda that were shattered after the invasion of Ukraine

Three Soviet myths taken over by Putin’s propaganda that were shattered after the invasion of Ukraine

Russia, USSR’s successor, has carried over many of the latter’s myths under Vladimir Putin, particularly those regarding its might and military strength. These myths are deeply ingrained in the collective mindset of people in ex-Soviet space. Still, the invasion of Ukraine has started shattering many of these myths, including those about the victorious army, the liberating soldier and the brotherhood of people.

Mariana Vasilache
08 Apr 2022
From Vladimir Putin's Cancer to FSB’s Involvement in Boris Nemtsov's Assassination: Stories from the Russian Independent Media

From Vladimir Putin's Cancer to FSB’s Involvement in Boris Nemtsov's Assassination: Stories from the Russian Independent Media

The Proekt team, declared an undesirable organization in the Russian Federation last year, returns with an extensive investigation into Vladimir Putin's health problems. The Insider writes how, before being assassinated, the politician Boris Nemtsov was pursued by FSB agents later involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. Russian publicists are also pondering the chances of Putin being tried by the Hague Tribunal for war crimes.

Mariana Vasilache
05 Apr 2022
Russian independent media: some troops refused to go to war in Ukraine

Russian independent media: some troops refused to go to war in Ukraine

Subject to a virtual ban in Russia, where journalists risk serving prison time if they write about the ongoing war in Ukraine, the Russian independent media continues to write about the conflict and its effects. This week, Veridica has selected articles about journalist Oksana Baulina, killed in Kyiv during a shelling of the Russian army, about the refusal of Russian soldiers to fight in Ukraine and about the Kremlin-linked billionaires’ waning power.

Mariana Vasilache
28 Mar 2022
The weirdest narratives of Russian propaganda during the war in Ukraine

The weirdest narratives of Russian propaganda during the war in Ukraine

Viruses synthesized to target certain populations and areas transported by birds instead of missiles, an army of Satanists fighting on the side of Ukrainian forces and “delicate” bombings carried out by the Russian army – these are some of the weirdest narratives launched by Russian propaganda after the invasion of Ukraine.

Mariana Vasilache
25 Mar 2022
How pro-war Russian propaganda is taught in schools. Reports by Russian independent media

How pro-war Russian propaganda is taught in schools. Reports by Russian independent media

In the articles selected this week by Veridica, journalists are calling on their peers who sided with the Putin regime to tell the truth. They describe how war is being presented in schools across Russia and argue that information justifying the Russian aggression in Ukraine was introduced in school curricula a few years back.

Mariana Vasilache
22 Mar 2022
Narratives of Russian propaganda: from fighting Nazis who use people for human shields, to the war designed to stop the gay parades in Donbas

Narratives of Russian propaganda: from fighting Nazis who use people for human shields, to the war designed to stop the gay parades in Donbas

Among those, the obsession for imaginary “Nazis”, labeling anyone opposing Kremlin policy “traitors”, and criticism against the so-called LGBTQ “ideology”

Mariana Vasilache
18 Mar 2022
The Russian independent media continues to write the truth about the war in Ukraine and its effects, but it’s hard to reach the public

The Russian independent media continues to write the truth about the war in Ukraine and its effects, but it’s hard to reach the public

Putin’s regime has introduced a near-total censorship in Russia, and the new law about “fake news concerning military actions” imposes prison sentences on anyone writing or using the word “war”, considering that the government’s official discourse states that Ukraine’s invasion is merely a “special operation”. Nevertheless, Russian independent journalists are still making efforts to reach their public. All they have left is the Internet, which is itself subject to certain limitations. Independent journalists write about the massive wave of people leaving the country, comparable to the mass-migration of 1917. They also continue to provide information about the “special operation” and are trying to counter the extensive propaganda aggressively promoted on all federal channels.

Mariana Vasilache
15 Mar 2022
“How are we supposed to go on living?” The last articles published by independent media in Russia before the authorities introduced across-the-board censorship

“How are we supposed to go on living?” The last articles published by independent media in Russia before the authorities introduced across-the-board censorship

With the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the Kremlin has tightened its grip on information reaching the Russian public. The little independent press that still existed and was trying to provide information about what was really going on in Ukraine was practically silenced. Veridica flipped through independent media articles published just before total censorship was installed in Russia.

Mariana Vasilache
08 Mar 2022
The war in Ukraine: an online campaign against Ukrainian refugees in the Republic of Moldova

The war in Ukraine: an online campaign against Ukrainian refugees in the Republic of Moldova

The Moldovan social media has witnessed a surge in hate-inciting comments targeting refugees coming in from Ukraine. According to the main narratives stemming from the messages that flooded social networks, Ukrainians are troublesome, and the authorities must tend to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, not the refugees. Moldova is poor, but it is helping Ukrainian millionaires. Other countries are facing similar problems related to the arrival of refugees, and this is just the beginning. This seems to be a concerted campaign designed to divide society, Moldovan president Maia Sandu has warned.

Mariana Vasilache
05 Mar 2022
RĂZBOI ÎN UCRAINA: Demisia în masă de la Sputnik, ca protest față de politica editorială, fără precedent în presa pro-rusă din Republica Moldova

RĂZBOI ÎN UCRAINA: Demisia în masă de la Sputnik, ca protest față de politica editorială, fără precedent în presa pro-rusă din Republica Moldova

Echipa Sputnik Moldova a demisionat în bloc în semn de protest față de politica editorială a radioului, gestul fiind fără precedent în istoria presei pro-ruse de la Chișinău. Decizia survine în contextul în care guvernul își intensifică măsurile menite să protejeze publicul din Moldova de propaganda lansată de canalele de limbă rusă, care domină spațiul mediatic la Chișinău.

Mariana Vasilache
01 Mar 2022
Russian independent media on the war in Ukraine

Russian independent media on the war in Ukraine

Despite the government's censorship and the triumphant image of the war that the Kremlin sells to the public, the Russian independent media is trying to accurately report on both what is happening on the ground and the possible consequences of Vladimir Putin's war.

Mariana Vasilache
28 Feb 2022
FAKE NEWS: The West is escalating the situation in Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: The West is escalating the situation in Ukraine

The West is escalating the situation in Ukraine, the main Kremlin propagandists keep on claiming, while Russia has amassed troops and equipment near its border with that country. The narratives are aimed at making the West responsible for the situation in Ukraine and justifying the Russian aggression.

Mariana Vasilache
18 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: The US is pushing Ukraine towards war with Russia, and Kiev's fate will be decided by negotiations between major powers

DISINFORMATION: The US is pushing Ukraine towards war with Russia, and Kiev's fate will be decided by negotiations between major powers

Ukraine is being pushed by the US towards war, and the Americans want to deploy in that country missiles targeting Russia, according to narratives promoted by the main Russian TV channel. It also claims that the fate of Ukraine will be decided by negotiations between the great powers.

Mariana Vasilache
11 Feb 2022
FAKE NEWS: The US pushes Ukraine into a war with Russia, and NATO expands aggressively to the east

FAKE NEWS: The US pushes Ukraine into a war with Russia, and NATO expands aggressively to the east

NATO enlargement is a threat to Russia, and the United States is arming and preparing Ukraine for war, says the Kremlin's main propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov in a nearly two-hour show that reflects the Kremlin's views on international politics.

Mariana Vasilache
04 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Russia is demonized so that the West can control the ex-Soviet space

DISINFORMATION: Russia is demonized so that the West can control the ex-Soviet space

“Atlantic networks” are demonizing Russia in order to maintain their supremacy in ex-communist space, particularly in Romania, according to a false narrative launched by the controversial politician Iurie Roșca. Such narratives are designed to associate the West with an external threat and to subvert Moldova’s European integration efforts.

Mariana Vasilache
28 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: Romania threatens the Republic of Moldova, although it won’t be able to do anything once NATO abandons it

DISINFORMATION: Romania threatens the Republic of Moldova, although it won’t be able to do anything once NATO abandons it

Romania threatens the existence of the Republic of Moldova, although it is a weak state that will lose all its influence when NATO, caving in to Russia’s pressure, will shut down its bases on Romanian territory. The narratives are launched in the context of growing regional tensions and Russia’s requests that NATO should pull back to the West.

Mariana Vasilache
21 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: Moldova risks unleashing an uprising similar to that in Kazakhstan after the pro-European administration hiked up gas prices

DISINFORMATION: Moldova risks unleashing an uprising similar to that in Kazakhstan after the pro-European administration hiked up gas prices

The pro-European government in Chișinău is responsible for the gas price hikes, and has lost control of the situation. The country could therefore see a wave of social unrest similar to that in Kazakhstan. These narratives are aimed at feeding people’s discontentment against the backdrop of soaring prices for natural gas and products overall.

Mariana Vasilache
14 Jan 2022
Comandantul forțelor ruse din Kazahstan a participat la războaiele din Cecenia și la anexarea Crimeii

Comandantul forțelor ruse din Kazahstan a participat la războaiele din Cecenia și la anexarea Crimeii

Pentru dislocarea militarilor în Kazahstan au fost antrenate 75 de avioane militare de trasport.

Mariana Vasilache
07 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: Igor Dodon took a bribe to give money to the poor

DISINFORMATION: Igor Dodon took a bribe to give money to the poor

Igor Dodon has taken a bribe to give money to the people, while the pro-European government is raising salaries at their expense. The narrative was launched in Chisinau to downplay corruption and undermine the pro-European government, whose priorities include the fight against corruption and the reform of the judiciary.

Mariana Vasilache
07 Jan 2022
The Republic of Moldova in 2021: Top FAKE NEWS & DISINFORMATION debunked by Veridica

The Republic of Moldova in 2021: Top FAKE NEWS & DISINFORMATION debunked by Veridica

Most fake news and disinformation in 2021 revolved around the early parliamentary election of July, won by the pro-European Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) and lost by the Party of Socialists in the Republic of Moldova (PSRM), a pro-Russian party.

Mariana Vasilache
31 Dec 2021
DISINFORMATION: Russia has a right over the territories that used to be part of the USSR

DISINFORMATION: Russia has a right over the territories that used to be part of the USSR

Russia has a right over the territories lost as a result of the dissolution of the USSR, according to a false narrative promoted by the Kremlin’s loudspeaker, Sputnik. The narrative was published while Russia was amassing troops and equipment at the border with Ukraine, which caused concern in the international community.

Mariana Vasilache
24 Dec 2021
FAKE NEWS: The Eastern Partnership is a failed project, and its members lose because they have distanced themselves from Russia

FAKE NEWS: The Eastern Partnership is a failed project, and its members lose because they have distanced themselves from Russia

The Eastern Partnership is doomed to fail because Ukraine wants war and Moldova wants money to get out of the energy crisis it provoked. The narratives were launched on the eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit with the aim of undermining the joint efforts of the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia to join the European Union.

Mariana Vasilache
17 Dec 2021
The government prefers the Moldovans in the diaspora to those in the country

The government prefers the Moldovans in the diaspora to those in the country

To the PAS government, the Moldovans in the diaspora are better than those who have stayed in the country, according to a narrative released by Chisinau. The aim is to generate dissatisfaction with the PAS government, which benefited from a massive diaspora vote in the elections.

Mariana Vasilache
10 Dec 2021
DISINFORMATION: The West wants to subjugate Moldova and other ex-Soviet states

DISINFORMATION: The West wants to subjugate Moldova and other ex-Soviet states

The West threatens the sovereignty of countries in ex-Soviet space and is interfering with their domestic affairs, according to a narrative disseminated by the former pro-Russian Moldovan president, Igor Dodon.

Mariana Vasilache
03 Dec 2021
FAKE NEWS: A dictatorship has been established in Moldova and it will destroy the country

FAKE NEWS: A dictatorship has been established in Moldova and it will destroy the country

The West is sending its agents to Moldova to destroy it, and the current administration can only preserve its power by means of a dictatorship. The narratives are promoted in response to the appointment of two independent experts in the commission charged with evaluating the activity of the suspended prosecutor general, Alexandr Stoianoglo.

Mariana Vasilache
26 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: “The Republic of Moldova project has come to an end”

DISINFORMATION: “The Republic of Moldova project has come to an end”

The role of Maia Sandu and PAS is to manage Moldova until it has been swallowed by Romania, with the help of the USA and NATO, according to a piece of disinformation that revisits the thesis of Moldova being controlled from outside.

Mariana Vasilache
19 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: The Sandu government is to blame for the rising gas prices around the world

DISINFORMATION: The Sandu government is to blame for the rising gas prices around the world

Dodon blames the Sandu administration for the natural gas price hikes, whereas in fact prices went up on all international markets.

Mariana Vasilache
12 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: The USA and Moldova are getting ready for war

DISINFORMATION: The USA and Moldova are getting ready for war

Chișinău and the USA are preparing to go to war against Transnistria, which is why negotiations in the 5+2 format in Stockholm were delayed, a political pundit close to the regime in Tiraspol has said. The narratives regarding prospective attacks on Russia or its allies are aimed at drawing attention away from Moscow’s aggressions in the region and to justify its actions.

Mariana Vasilache
05 Nov 2021
FAKE NEWS: Monuments honoring fascists are erected in Moldova

FAKE NEWS: Monuments honoring fascists are erected in Moldova

The restoration, in Chisinau, of a monument dedicated to the Romanian forces that fought in the First World War led to the resumption, by Russia and the pro-Russian press, of the narratives about the Romanian army in WWII, including those regarding the occupation of Bessarabia – a territory which was in fact liberated after its annexation by the USSR under the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact.

Mariana Vasilache
29 Oct 2021
FAKE NEWS: Moldova, an American springboard for the war against Russia

FAKE NEWS: Moldova, an American springboard for the war against Russia

US troops have been brought to Chișinău in order to take part in the war in Donbass against Russia, a Russian source writes, while the story was also picked up by propaganda channels in Chișinău. The narrative is aimed at inducing the idea of a Western aggression in the region. The Moldovan Ministry of Defense has labeled the information fake news.

Mariana Vasilache
22 Oct 2021
DISINFORMATION: Inclusive and health policies are forms of totalitarianism

DISINFORMATION: Inclusive and health policies are forms of totalitarianism

Vaccination, tolerance of LGBTQ+ people, digitalization – all these translate into the establishment of a totalitarian regime, according to a Russian historian who stands against vaccination and supports the theory that “ultra-globalists” want to control humanity through the pandemic. The narratives are part of a campaign aimed at undermining Western democracies by hijacking the values that underlie them, such as democracy and freedom. At the same time, it seeks to create confusion about the difference between political concepts and fundamental freedoms and health-care measures.

Mariana Vasilache
15 Oct 2021
The arrest of Moldova’s Prosecutor General: a step towards reform, or a stage in the fight over institutions?

The arrest of Moldova’s Prosecutor General: a step towards reform, or a stage in the fight over institutions?

The Prosecutor General of the Republic of Moldova was arrested on October 5 for corruption. This is the latest in a series of scandals over this institution. Will it mark the true beginning of judicial reform, or are we dealing with a new stage in the war over the control of a vital institution?

Mariana Vasilache
06 Oct 2021
FAKE NEWS: The pro-European administration in the Republic of Moldova wants to destroy the Church

FAKE NEWS: The pro-European administration in the Republic of Moldova wants to destroy the Church

The pro-European regime in Chișinău wants to destroy the Church, according to Sputnik.md. The narrative was designed based on anti-COVID measures introduced by the authorities, including the restriction of the maximum number of churchgoers allowed in places of worship.

Mariana Vasilache
01 Oct 2021
FAKE NEWS: Getting closer to Ukraine will cost Moldova dearly, and the country even risks a renewed war in Transnistria

FAKE NEWS: Getting closer to Ukraine will cost Moldova dearly, and the country even risks a renewed war in Transnistria

A good relationship with Ukraine is detrimental to Moldova, which has nothing to gain from this relationship. On the contrary, the country will lose out on this relationship, as Kiev and the West are trying to use it in their dispute with the Russian Federation, and there’s even a risk that the conflict in Transnistria will be reignited. These narratives have been launched by two publications affiliated with the PSRM and the Kremlin against the background of the dialogue between Chisinau and Kiev getting more intense.

Mariana Vasilache
24 Sep 2021
DISINFORMATION: Transnistria is part of the Russian World, which Putin is protecting against the West’s attacks

DISINFORMATION: Transnistria is part of the Russian World, which Putin is protecting against the West’s attacks

Russians in Transnistria need to vote for Putin’s party in the elections for the State Duma, since he is the one who’s protecting the Russian World against the West. The narrative is promoted by the media in Tiraspol ahead of the September 17-19 election for the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

Mariana Vasilache
17 Sep 2021
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine is using Transnistria to draw Moldova into a conflict with Russia

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine is using Transnistria to draw Moldova into a conflict with Russia

The new government in Chisinau is blindly following the agenda dictated by Washington and Brussels and Ukraine is trying to draw the Republic of Moldova into a conflict against Russia, according to older narratives resumed by the PSRM leader Igor Dodon. In an interview on the Moldovan TV station ‘Primul’, Dodon also said that the authorities in Chisinau and Kiev agreed to economically block the Transnistrian region.

Mariana Vasilache
10 Sep 2021
DISINFORMATION: There is a Moldovan language, different from the Romanian one

DISINFORMATION: There is a Moldovan language, different from the Romanian one

The former Socialist president of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, used the Romanian Language Day to resume false narratives regarding the existence of a Moldovan language and nation, distinct from the Romanian one.

Mariana Vasilache
03 Sep 2021
After 30 years of independence, Moldova still struggles with identity issues

After 30 years of independence, Moldova still struggles with identity issues

30 years after the proclamation of independence in the Republic of Moldova, the country still faces identity issues. Society is divided between those who describe themselves as Moldovans, Moldovan speakers – a tribute to Soviet legacy – and those who consider themselves Romanian and speak Romanian, those who feel they belong to the Russian world, and those who look towards Romania and the European Union.

Mariana Vasilache
27 Aug 2021
FAKE NEWS: Its pro-Western orientation will bring the Republic of Moldova into Afghanistan’s situation

FAKE NEWS: Its pro-Western orientation will bring the Republic of Moldova into Afghanistan’s situation

The West will betray the Republic of Moldova, just like it betrayed Afghanistan, Georgia, and Ukraine when they were faced with major security issues, the Kremlin's main propaganda channel, Sputnik Moldova, suggests. The narrative aims to weaken the population's trust in Chisinau's western partners and the European path taken by the new government in Chisinau.

Mariana Vasilache
20 Aug 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is both for and against the Transnistrian separatists

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is both for and against the Transnistrian separatists

After meeting with the Kremlin envoy Dmitri Kozak, Maia Sandu was simultaneously accused of representing the interests of the separatist regime in Tiraspol and of supporting a so-called blockade imposed on Transnistria by the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

Mariana Vasilache
13 Aug 2021
FAKE NEWS: PAS cedes the republican stadium to the Americans following the decision of the Constitutional Court, whose judges are Romanian citizens

FAKE NEWS: PAS cedes the republican stadium to the Americans following the decision of the Constitutional Court, whose judges are Romanian citizens

After the elections were won by PAS/Maia Sandu, the republican stadium in Chisinau is now ceded to the Americans, by a decision of the Constitutional Court, whose judges are Romanian citizens, and Romania gives away everything the US asks for, the Kremlin's main propaganda channel, Radio Sputnik, claims in a comment. The narratives aim to create the false image that the new government in Chisinau is controlled by the United States, and the diplomatic mission in Chisinau will spy on Russia from the new headquarters.

Mariana Vasilache
06 Aug 2021
FAKE NEWS: The West uses color revolutions as a weapon against Russia

FAKE NEWS: The West uses color revolutions as a weapon against Russia

The West wants to destabilize the vicinity of Russia and has orchestrated color revolutions in Belarus and Ukraine and staged a geopolitical conflict in Moldova, says Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov. The narrative about the “foreign enemy” is being rehashed as Putin’s regime is preparing for this autumn’s election.

Mariana Vasilache
30 Jul 2021
DISINFORMATION: The persecution of the Church is being planned in Chisinau

DISINFORMATION: The persecution of the Church is being planned in Chisinau

Maia Sandu will take revenge on the Church for supporting Igor Dodon, will close the churches belonging to the Moscow Patriarchy, at the request of the West, and will favor the takeover of parishes by the Romanian Patriarchy, according to an expert in Orthodoxy. Such narratives come in the context in which the party established by Maia Sandu won the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova and will soon form a new government.

Mariana Vasilache
23 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: Moldova needs Russia to feed its population

FAKE NEWS: Moldova needs Russia to feed its population

The new pro-Western government in Chisinau wants good relations with Russia because it is the most important economic partner of the Republic of Moldova, according to a commentary published by the Kremlin's loudspeaker, Sputnik. The West would be unable to support Moldova, which needs Russia to survive, the commentary also reads, continuing the series of false narratives launched during the election campaign.

Mariana Vasilache
16 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: Merkel made clear she doesn’t want Moldova in the EU

FAKE NEWS: Merkel made clear she doesn’t want Moldova in the EU

Maia Sandu’s friend, Chancellor Angela Merkel, doesn’t want the Republic of Moldova to accede to the European Union, PSRM-linked media claims, saying that the meeting between the German Chancellor and leaders of states in the Western Balkans is evidence that Moldova doesn’t have any chance of joining the European Union. However, Angela Merkel doesn’t make any reference to Moldova, and the news isn’t in any way tied to the Republic of Moldova. The narrative is aimed at weakening voters’ confidence in pro-European forces, especially in PAS and Maia Sandu, ahead of the parliamentary election of July 11.

Mariana Vasilache
09 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: Moldovans, cannon fodder in the West’s war against Russia

FAKE NEWS: Moldovans, cannon fodder in the West’s war against Russia

The West plans on using Moldova against Russia, and its citizens will become cannon fodder, says former president Igor Dodon in a wide interview for Ria Novosti. The Russian news agency basically provides Dodon with a platform for disinformation and spreading fake news, most of which have already been disseminated over the course of the election campaign, both by the local media affiliated to the Socialists, as well as by the pro-government Russian state media: the situation is out of control, the country’s president is responsible for the political crisis and the social and economic chaos, the West is interfering in the domestic affairs of Moldova and plans to rig the election, etc.

Mariana Vasilache
06 Jul 2021
Moldovan elections: who’s who

Moldovan elections: who’s who

23 candidates are participating in the campaign for July 11th parliamentary elections, fighting for the 101 seats in the Chisinau Parliament. The problems facing the Republic of Moldova, such as poverty, corruption and the oscillation between East and West, are also reflected in the electoral messages used by the competing parties, and the central themes of the election campaign are the geopolitical vector of the Republic of Moldova and the fight against corruption.

Mariana Vasilache
02 Jul 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is not really fighting corruption

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is not really fighting corruption

Maia Sandu does not have any important achievements in the fight against corruption during the first 6 months of her term because, in fact, she does not want to fight the phenomenon. This false narrative is promoted by the Kremlin channel, Sputnik, which in the context of the election campaign in the Republic of Moldova tries to undermine the anti-corruption discourse and manipulates information by ignoring the principle of separation of powers.

Mariana Vasilache
29 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: The West will swallow up Moldova and will use it against Russia

FAKE NEWS: The West will swallow up Moldova and will use it against Russia

Moldova will be swallowed up by the West and used by it against the country that has so far guaranteed its security and economic prosperity, Russia, according to the Socialist leader, Igor Dodon. A declared pro-Russian, Dodon has launched several false narratives that have been taken as such and amplified in the Russian-speaking space by the pro-Kremlin agency Lenta.ru.

Mariana Vasilache
25 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: Moldova’s sovereignty is threatened by Soros, Romania and the West

FAKE NEWS: Moldova’s sovereignty is threatened by Soros, Romania and the West

The sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova is in danger if the pro-European parties get the power. Tomorrow, they might say Moldova unites with Romania, the former president Vladimir Voronin said in an interview for the Russian agency Ria Novosti. Voronin is Igor Dodon’s ally in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Chisinau. The narratives, promoted including by the Russian media and by some Moscow officials, are aimed at undermining voters’ trust in the pro-European parties and the European path of the Republic of Moldova, distorting the anti-corruption message conveyed by the pro-European parties, while at the same time keeping Chisinau within the Russian sphere of influence.

Mariana Vasilache
22 Jun 2021
Parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova: Transnistrian voters against the Diaspora

Parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova: Transnistrian voters against the Diaspora

The electoral battle in the Republic of Moldova between the pro-European and the pro-Russian parties is also reflected in the way polling stations are organized. The PSRM-PCRM bloc is counting on the votes of Transnistrian population, while PAS hopes to win the votes of those who went to work in Europe, the diaspora. The electoral authority has also been involved in this fight, trying to reduce diaspora’s ability to vote.

Mariana Vasilache
18 Jun 2021
DISINFORMATION: Moldova is part of the Russian world, and Moscow shielded it from war

DISINFORMATION: Moldova is part of the Russian world, and Moscow shielded it from war

The Republic of Moldova is part of the Russian world and shares a history with Russia spanning hundreds of years. Today, Russia is Moldova’s top strategic partner, and the country that has ensured its security for the last 30 years, helping it prevent a war. Ria Novosti has picked up on the narratives from a message sent by former president, Igor Dodon, with the aim of highlighting his personal relation with the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, ahead of the early parliamentary election scheduled to take place on July 11, 2021 in the Republic of Moldova.

Mariana Vasilache
15 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: Under the leadership of Maia Sandu, Moldovans are leaving, and Syrians are coming

FAKE NEWS: Under the leadership of Maia Sandu, Moldovans are leaving, and Syrians are coming

Maia Sandu grants Syrians the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova, while Moldovans are leaving the country, writes Komsomolskaya Pravda, which publishes a presidential decree granting citizenship to nine people. Thus, a narrative is resumed from the 2016 presidential elections when fake news was spread that 30 thousand Syrian refugees would be brought to the Republic of Moldova.

Mariana Vasilache
11 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: Under the leadership of Maia Sandu, Moldovans are leaving, and Syrians are coming

FAKE NEWS: Under the leadership of Maia Sandu, Moldovans are leaving, and Syrians are coming

Maia Sandu grants Syrians the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova, while Moldovans are leaving the country, writes Komsomolskaya Pravda, which publishes a presidential decree granting citizenship to nine people. Thus, a narrative is resumed from the 2016 presidential elections when fake news was spread that 30 thousand Syrian refugees would be brought to the Republic of Moldova.

Mariana Vasilache
11 Jun 2021
DISINFORMATION: A victory for the right wing in the election would spark mass protests in Moldova

DISINFORMATION: A victory for the right wing in the election would spark mass protests in Moldova

A potential victory of right-wing parties in the parliamentary election will spell economic and social disaster for the Republic of Moldova, leading to protests, Socialist leader, Igor Dodon, has said. The narrative has been disseminated and amplified by Ria Novosti press agency.

Mariana Vasilache
04 Jun 2021
FAKE NEWS: The West is using Moldova against Russia

FAKE NEWS: The West is using Moldova against Russia

Occidentul vrea să impună victoria pro-europenilor în alegerile din Republica Moldova pentru a atrage țara în lupta împotriva Rusiei. Această narațiune falsă este promovată în contextul unei campanii electorale în care forțe pro-rusești – socialiști și comuniști – caută să pună accentul pe chestiunea orientarea geopolitică a Moldovei.

Mariana Vasilache
29 May 2021
FAKE NEWS: The right and the West will bring an end to the Republic of Moldova

FAKE NEWS: The right and the West will bring an end to the Republic of Moldova

If the right-wing forces come to power, the Republic of Moldova will disappear as a state and the population will grow poorer, a Socialist deputy said. The narrative was launched in the context of the election campaign and was taken over by the PSRM affiliated press. The aim is to undermine citizens' trust in the efforts to join the European path and in the Republic of Moldova’s Western partners. At the same time, attempts are being made to discredit pro-European parties and discourage the diaspora from voting.

Mariana Vasilache
21 May 2021
FAKE NEWS: The Moldovan state and people are threatened by the West and Romania

FAKE NEWS: The Moldovan state and people are threatened by the West and Romania

Maia Sandu and the West want Moldovans to become second-class Romanian citizens, according to a politician from Gagauzia who demands that, in order to save the country, "pro-Moldovan" forces form a bloc. This is one of the false narratives reactivated in the context of the parliament election campaign in the Republic of Moldova.

Mariana Vasilache
11 May 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is responsible for the fuel price hikes

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is responsible for the fuel price hikes

The Party of Socialists and its affiliated media outlets claim the president of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, is allegedly responsible for the repeated price hikes for fuel in recent months. The narrative is promoted despite the fact that the president has no instruments at its disposal to influence fuel prices.

Mariana Vasilache
07 May 2021
FAKE NEWS: The West wants early elections in Moldova to undermine the state and promote the LGBT agenda

FAKE NEWS: The West wants early elections in Moldova to undermine the state and promote the LGBT agenda

Maia Sandu has called an early election at the West’s bidding and is plunging the country into chaos and exposing the population to the risk of infection. Her goal is to bring the Republic of Moldova under the control of external forces and undermine traditional values. These fake narratives are promoted by the Socialists in response to Maia Sandu’s decision to call an early election.

Mariana Vasilache
30 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu wants early elections in order to impose Romanian identity

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu wants early elections in order to impose Romanian identity

Maia Sandu wants to dissolve the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova in order to change the Constitution, so that the official language should be changed from “Moldovan” at present, to “Romanian”. The narrative was advanced by PSRM deputy Nicolae Pascaru, a known advocate of Moldovenism, in the context of the planned dissolution of the Moldovan Parliament and the organization of snap elections and against PSRM’s drop in opinion polls.

Mariana Vasilache
23 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: The West will rig elections to favour Maia Sandu

FAKE NEWS: The West will rig elections to favour Maia Sandu

The West might rig snap elections, Sputnik.md writes, taken over by PSRM affiliated sites. The narrative appears against the background of the Constitutional Court’s opinion on the dissolution of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, which is dominated by the Socialists led by pro-Russian Igor Dodon.

Mariana Vasilache
16 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: Moldova’s Constitutional Court is controlled by Maia Sandu and the Americans

FAKE NEWS: Moldova’s Constitutional Court is controlled by Maia Sandu and the Americans

The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova has allegedly already decided to dissolve Parliament, pressed by president Maia Sandu and the US Ambassador, Derek J. Hogan, a PSRM-linked website claims. The publication picks up on the narratives saying that Maia Sandu reportedly commands state institutions and that the American ambassador is interfering with the internal affairs of the Republic of Moldova.

Mariana Vasilache
09 Apr 2021
DISINFORMATION: Romania was an occupation force in Moldova

DISINFORMATION: Romania was an occupation force in Moldova

Romania is an aggressor and expansionist state, which in 1918 occupied the current territory of the Republic of Moldova – this is the narrative presented at an open-air exhibition in central Chișinău. It is also inscribed in the broader category of Soviet narratives referring to the Moldovan language and people.

Mariana Vasilache
02 Apr 2021
DISINFORMATION: Maia Sandu is responsible for the price rise caused by drought

DISINFORMATION: Maia Sandu is responsible for the price rise caused by drought

A news story about the rise in oil prices, taken over by the PSRM affiliated press, is falsely associated with the coming into office of the new President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu. This is part of a string of narratives about price hikes, pandemic restrictions and Maia Sandu blocking the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, aimed at undermining her image, but also at destabilizing the situation in the Republic of Moldova.

Mariana Vasilache
26 Mar 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is controlled by the US Ambassador to Chișinău

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is controlled by the US Ambassador to Chișinău

American ambassador to, Derek Hogan, is coordinating Maia Sandu, with a view to bringing the Republic of Moldova under Western control. This Western conspiracy narrative targeting Moldova has been reactivated in the context of the political and epidemiological crisis facing the country and against the backdrop of Socialists’ efforts to cling to power despite the defeat sustained in the election.

Mariana Vasilache
19 Mar 2021
DISINFORMATION: The Republic of Moldova needs an authoritarian leader

DISINFORMATION: The Republic of Moldova needs an authoritarian leader

Controversial political figure Iurie Roșca is suggesting an authoritarian leader would be best-suited for the Republic of Moldova. The narrative is promoted by the Kremlin’s mouthpiece, Sputnik, and is used to anchor Moldova in eastern space, where authoritarian regimes are commonplace.

Mariana Vasilache
15 Mar 2021
FAKE NEWS: Moldova blocks Sputnik V because it’s hostile towards Russia

FAKE NEWS: Moldova blocks Sputnik V because it’s hostile towards Russia

Chisinau authorities put citizens’ lives at risk by refusing the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, writes kp.md, adding that the decision was in fact a geopolitical one and was made out of hostility towards Russia. In this way, the citizens of the Republic of Moldova would be engaged, against their will, in a new Cold War with Russia.

Mariana Vasilache
05 Mar 2021
DISINFORMATION: Moldovans are still Soviets

DISINFORMATION: Moldovans are still Soviets

30 years since the collapse of the Soviet empire and the declaration of the Republic of Moldova’s independence, many Moldovan citizens still keep celebrating the Soviet Army Day on February 23. The narrative, just like “May 9 – Victory Day” recalls the USSR’s glory of yore in order to keep Moldova anchored into the Soviet past. In reality, the Soviet Army’s attitude was that of an occupation, repressive regime.

Mariana Vasilache
26 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: Spain threatens to leave the European Union

FAKE NEWS: Spain threatens to leave the European Union

A number of PSRM-affiliated publications have written that Spain wants to leave the European Union. This reinforces the metanarrative on the imminent collapse of the EU, designed to distort European realities and fuel distrust in the community bloc and its institutions.

Mariana Vasilache
19 Feb 2021
DISINFORMATION: The Republic of Moldova is the successor of Stephen the Great’s Moldavia

DISINFORMATION: The Republic of Moldova is the successor of Stephen the Great’s Moldavia

The initiative to establish the Moldovan Statehood Day dates back to 2017, when Igor Dodon was President of the Republic of Moldova, and derives from the Moldovan-statist ideology, according to which there is a Moldovan people different from the Romanian one and also that the Republic of Moldova is the successor of Stephen the Great’s Moldavia.

Mariana Vasilache
12 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu wants to abolish free media

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu wants to abolish free media

The President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, only mimics her attachement to democratic and European values and if she could, she would establish an authoritarian regime in which freedom of expression would be limited. This fake narrative, originating from the Socialist circles, was also used during the elections campaign. 

Mariana Vasilache
05 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: The Russian language, a shield that protected the Moldovan state from annihilation

FAKE NEWS: The Russian language, a shield that protected the Moldovan state from annihilation

The Moldovan Constitutional Court ruling not not to give a special statute to the Russian language is a step towards the destruction of the state and union with Romania. The narrative is seeking to push the fake notion that Moldova is a multi-national state, just like the former USSR, and like in the former USSR, Russian should be the lingua franca. 

Mariana Vasilache
29 Jan 2021
DISINFORMATION: The Soviet era was beneficial for the Republic of Moldova .md

DISINFORMATION: The Soviet era was beneficial for the Republic of Moldova .md

Some media in Chisinau describes an idealized Communist period, disregarding the facts.

Mariana Vasilache
22 Jan 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is trying to subjugate Moldova’s power structures in order to crush her opponents

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is trying to subjugate Moldova’s power structures in order to crush her opponents

The newly elected president of the Republic of Moldova wants to control intelligence agencies and prosecutor’s offices to attack her opponents, just like millionaire Vlad Plahotniuc. The narrative is publicized by people close to PSRM, a party which holds de facto control over the institutions in question, although it has formally lost power.

Mariana Vasilache
15 Jan 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu and the RAND Corporation plan to destabilize Transnistria

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu and the RAND Corporation plan to destabilize Transnistria

The president of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, is the target of attacks launched by the Kremlin regarding the escalation of the conflict in Transnistria. After she reiterated Chisinau’s stand on the withdrawal of the Russian troops illegally stationed in the Republic of Moldova since the Dniester War of 1992, high-ranking officials in Moscow have accused her of destabilizing the situation in the region. The article also resumes the narrative according to which Maia Sandu was brought to power by the West.

Mariana Vasilache
08 Jan 2021
Maia Sandu vrea să îngrădească libertatea presei

Maia Sandu vrea să îngrădească libertatea presei

Maia Sandu ar vrea să îngrădească libertatea presei și libertatea de exprimare, iar platformele de fake news sunt credibile.

Mariana Vasilache
14 Dec 2020
Opoziţia de la Chişinău este fracţionată și incapabilă să formeze un front comun

Opoziţia de la Chişinău este fracţionată și incapabilă să formeze un front comun

O narațiune falsă caută să alimenteze tensiunile reale dintre formațiunile pro-europene și pro-românești.

Mariana Vasilache
25 Sep 2020
Moscova nu crede în promisiuni

Moscova nu crede în promisiuni

Guvernările pro-moscovite de la Chișinău promit ajutoare rusești care de multe ori nu se materializează.

Mariana Vasilache
28 Sep 2020
Președintele Republicii Moldova, Igor Dodon, afirmă că valuta naţională ar trebui depreciată pentru a favoriza exporturile producătorilor moldoveni pe piaţa rusească

Președintele Republicii Moldova, Igor Dodon, afirmă că valuta naţională ar trebui depreciată pentru a favoriza exporturile producătorilor moldoveni pe piaţa rusească

Dodon promovează o relaţie mai apropiată de Federaţia Rusă, împotriva cursului firesc al evoluţiei economice a Republicii Moldova.

Mariana Vasilache
18 Sep 2020
Vaccinul rusesc este asumat de Organizația Mondială a Sănătății

Vaccinul rusesc este asumat de Organizația Mondială a Sănătății

Narațiunea caută să acrediteze ideea că vaccinul rusesc e sigur și Rusia este superioară din punct de vedere tehnologic Occidentului.

Mariana Vasilache
23 Sep 2020