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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
Mariana Vasilache
03 Dec 2021
DISINFORMATION: Moscow is rallying troops on the Ukrainian border in order to defend itself against a possible NATO aggression

DISINFORMATION: Moscow is rallying troops on the Ukrainian border in order to defend itself against a possible NATO aggression

NATO and the USA might be planning a conflict in Donbass, according to a piece of disinformation carried by Kremlin-linked media. In fact, Russia is the one who again rallied troops on the Ukrainian border.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
30 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: The green certificate breaches fundamental rights and paves the way for an attack on the Church

DISINFORMATION: The green certificate breaches fundamental rights and paves the way for an attack on the Church

An open letter has called on the Church to oppose the green certificate, because it allegedly violates fundamental rights and paves the way for an attack on the Church. The letter reiterates a number of false narratives used to disinform public opinion regarding COVID-19.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
25 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: Russia is saving Donbass from the genocide organized by Ukraine and the West

DISINFORMATION: Russia is saving Donbass from the genocide organized by Ukraine and the West

The pro-Kremlin media presents the steps taken to strengthen ties with the separatist republics that Russia supports in Donbass as a measure to stop a so-called “genocide” committed by Ukraine and the West in the region.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
23 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
Mariana Vasilache
19 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: Russia is the innocent victim of Romanians’ Russophobia

DISINFORMATION: Russia is the innocent victim of Romanians’ Russophobia

The Romanians betrayed the Russians in the wars in which they were allies, attacked them unjustifiably, and now, also out of Russophobia, they want to hand over to the Americans the Black Sea coast, according to disinformation taken over in the Republic of Moldova.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
18 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: In Ukraine children are starving, and the country is turning into an underdeveloped Western colony

DISINFORMATION: In Ukraine children are starving, and the country is turning into an underdeveloped Western colony

While Ukraine exports food to the EU, its children are starving, and the country is turning onto a Western colony. These narratives have been reiterated by the Russian state media, which distorts a series of statistics presented by international organizations.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
16 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: The US is calling for the withdrawal of the Russian peacekeepers in Transnistria, after the Republic of Moldova signed a new gas supply contract

DISINFORMATION: The US is calling for the withdrawal of the Russian peacekeepers in Transnistria, after the Republic of Moldova signed a new gas supply contract

The United States is calling for the withdrawal of Russian peacekeeping forces from Transnistria, writes Kremlin mouthpiece Sputnik. In fact, the discussion in Washington concerns Russia’s other forces and ammunition in the separatist region.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
15 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
Mariana Vasilache
12 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: Russia saved Moldova in the gas crisis, just like it did in the war in Transnistria

DISINFORMATION: Russia saved Moldova in the gas crisis, just like it did in the war in Transnistria

Russia saved the Republic of Moldova in the context of this country’s gas crisis, by offering it the best price on the market. Previously, Moscow saved Moldova from defeat in 1992, during the armed conflict in Transnistria. The fake narratives are promoted by a publication close to the separatist regimes in Eastern Ukraine, subordinated to the Kremlin. In fact, Chișinău was forced to sign a new, less favorable contract with Gazprom, while in 1992 Russia backed the separatists.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
08 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
Mariana Vasilache
05 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
Mădălin Necșuțu
04 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is unhappy that Moldova buys Russian gas

DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is unhappy that Moldova buys Russian gas

Ukraine is unhappy with the fact that the Republic of Moldova has signed with Gazprom an extension of their gas supply contract, several publications in Chisinau write. The narrative is not based on any particular stand on Kiev’s part, it just started from an anonymous comment on Twitter. The news generated by this comment seems to be part of a larger campaign that seeks to undermine the relations between Chisinau and Kiev, which are not to the liking of Moscow.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
01 Nov 2021
DISINFORMATION: Ukraine and Georgia will become testing grounds for NATO, but they will not receive any security guarantees

DISINFORMATION: Ukraine and Georgia will become testing grounds for NATO, but they will not receive any security guarantees

NATO wants to turn Ukraine and Georgia into territories for military action, but the Alliance is unwilling to provide any of them with security guarantees. The narrative was promoted by the Russian state media in the context of the visit to Kiev of the United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
26 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
Mariana Vasilache
15 Oct 2021
DISINFORMATION: Delivery of Russian gas to Hungary will lead to the collapse of Ukraine, which will become “another Afghanistan”

DISINFORMATION: Delivery of Russian gas to Hungary will lead to the collapse of Ukraine, which will become “another Afghanistan”

In the context of signing an agreement on gas deliveries from Russia to Hungary, bypassing the Ukrainian gas pipeline system, the Russian government-controlled media outlets have begun to promote “apocalyptic” messages about the future of the Ukrainian state. According to such disinformation messages, Ukraine might collapse because of Kiev's “phony” Western partners.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
05 Oct 2021
DISINFORMATION: The Istanbul Convention – a blow to orthodoxy and traditional values

DISINFORMATION: The Istanbul Convention – a blow to orthodoxy and traditional values

The Republic of Moldova’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a blow to orthodoxy and traditional values, says the former Moldovan president and the current Socialist leader, Igor Dodon, whose opinion has been largely disseminated by the media in the Republic of Moldova, particularly outlets affiliated to his party. This is not the first time Igor Dodon makes such statements regarding this document, which was submitted for ratification two years ago by a government under his control, made up largely by his advisers.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
04 Oct 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
Mădălin Necșuțu
23 Sep 2021
DISINFORMATION: In 1939, the USSR liberated Poland and saved it from the Nazi genocide

DISINFORMATION: In 1939, the USSR liberated Poland and saved it from the Nazi genocide

82 years after the USSR invaded Poland, which was already being attacked by Nazi Germany, the MFA and state press in Moscow call the 1939 aggression an “act of liberation” and accuse the West of spreading propagandistic theories against Moscow.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
22 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
Mariana Vasilache
17 Sep 2021
DISINFORMATION: NATO will direct Afghan refugees to the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

DISINFORMATION: NATO will direct Afghan refugees to the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

In the context of the Taliban taking power in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the US troops, the Russian media continues to promote a series of narratives about the refugee danger to Europe, blaming NATO for directing the migrant flow to Moldova and Ukraine.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
14 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
Mădălin Necșuțu
09 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
Mariana Vasilache
03 Sep 2021
DISINFORMATION: Moldovan authorities’ pro-European policies focus on the union with Romania

DISINFORMATION: Moldovan authorities’ pro-European policies focus on the union with Romania

The Republic of Moldova is a country run by an elite promoting the union with Romania and a primitive nationalism, violating the rights of ethnic minorities. This is the message of a false narrative that has been distributed by online publications. Its author also tries to inoculate the idea that Moldova could have chosen the path of joining the Eurasian Union, which is a model of welfare.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
30 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
Mădălin Necșuțu
26 Aug 2021
DISINFORMATION – After 30 years of independence, Ukraine is a failed, artificial and fragmented state

DISINFORMATION – After 30 years of independence, Ukraine is a failed, artificial and fragmented state

Ukraine is a failed and artificial state, with a fragmented population, that has recorded no progress in its 30 years of independence, according to a number of false narratives carried by the Russian media. The narratives had been used in the past as well, and are now rehashed on the occasion of Ukraine celebrating its independence anniversary.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
25 Aug 2021
DISINFORMATION: The government in Chisinau is undermining Gagauzia's autonomy

DISINFORMATION: The government in Chisinau is undermining Gagauzia's autonomy

Maia Sandu and PAS are trying to undermine the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia (ATUG), according to media outlets in the Republic of Moldova and Russia, which are referring to the intention of the new Moldovan administration to sack the prosecutor general, a Gagauz ethnic. In fact, replacing the prosecutor has to do with efforts to combat corruption and reform the judiciary, in favor for which PAS and Maia Sandu have been militating for years.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
23 Aug 2021
DISINFORMATION: Withdrawing the Russian peacekeeping corps in Transnistria will lead to war

DISINFORMATION: Withdrawing the Russian peacekeeping corps in Transnistria will lead to war

Withdrawing the Russian peacekeeping force may lead to war breaking out in Transnistria, reads an article published by the «Независимое Приднестровье» (Independent Transnistria) news portal and also carried by Moldovan media. The article suggests that, in the event of a new conflict, where Russian troops are replaced with UN and OSCE forces, Moscow may no longer stay neutral.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
26 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
Mariana Vasilache
23 Jul 2021
DISINFORMATION: Moldovans are preparing to be turned into a second-class people

DISINFORMATION: Moldovans are preparing to be turned into a second-class people

After the Action and Solidarity Party won the latest parliamentary elections, its leadership, whose members have Romanian passports, wants to force the union of the Republic of Moldova with Romania, an article published by the Russian Strategic Culture Fund in Russia and published by Moldovan media as well infers. A series of newer or older false narratives such as those regarding the US involvement in the elections in the Republic of Moldova, the “Romanian gendarme” and the transformation of the Republic of Moldova into an enemy of Russia are also resumed.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
19 Jul 2021
DISINFORMATION:  In Ukraine, children are starving and the land reform will turn the country into a Western colony

DISINFORMATION: In Ukraine, children are starving and the land reform will turn the country into a Western colony

Ukraine is facing a food crisis. Ukrainian children are already starving. Western corporations will destroy the agriculture and within a few years, the UN will be collecting humanitarian aid for the starving Ukrainian people, according to a new wave of false narratives disseminated by the Russian media.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
06 Jul 2021
DISINFORMATION: Political forces supporting Maia Sandu are fortifying the blockade on Transnistria

DISINFORMATION: Political forces supporting Maia Sandu are fortifying the blockade on Transnistria

Transnistria is currently under a blockade imposed by the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, behind which are the political allies of president Maia Sandu. The narratives about the worsening situation in Transnistria are not uncommon, and some of them actually caution against a possible conflict in the region. But this time, the Russian State Duma is behind the disinformation.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
18 Jun 2021
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