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DISINFORMATION: The pro-European government of Moldova is to blame for the increases in public transportation fees, introduced by the socialist mayor of Chișinău

DISINFORMATION: The pro-European government of Moldova is to blame for the increases in public transportation fees, introduced by the socialist mayor of Chișinău

The PAS government is responsible for the imminent increase in public transportation fees in Chișinău, because it allowed for an increase in fuel prices, Chișinău city hall councilman, Alexandr Odițov, has said. His statement was publicized by a number of news agencies controlled by the Socialists. In fact, fuel prices went up as a result of a global increase in energy prices.

Veridica
Veridica
16 May 2022
DISINFORMATION: Russia will be forced to resort to nuclear weapons

DISINFORMATION: Russia will be forced to resort to nuclear weapons

Putin has announced the start of World War III and will use nuclear weapons because, due to the West’s involvement, its forces cannot win the war. The narrative is promoted by Sorin Roșca Stănescu, who was given a criminal sentence and who is known for his opinions that very much resemble Russian propaganda. The Kremlin has long promoted the possible start of nuclear warfare, in order to determine the West to withdraw its support for Ukraine.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
12 May 2022
DISINFORMATION: Moldova is renouncing its neutrality and is preparing to fight Russia

DISINFORMATION: Moldova is renouncing its neutrality and is preparing to fight Russia

The Government in Chișinău wants to renounce the neutrality status of the Republic of Moldova, while the West is providing this country with weapons to turn it into a living shield against Russia, the pro-Kremlin website politnavigator.net writes, reiterating narratives about Romania’s military presence in the Republic of Moldova and military support Moldova is allegedly providing to Ukraine.

Veridica
Veridica
09 May 2022
DISINFORMATION: Romanian troops, alongside Poland, Ukraine and Moldova, are preparing to invade Transnistria

DISINFORMATION: Romanian troops, alongside Poland, Ukraine and Moldova, are preparing to invade Transnistria

Romania, Poland, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova will jointly attack the separatist region of Transnistria, according to disinformation narratives carried by the Romania media. The disinformation was published in Romania in a version that contains a number of false information, which is a typical example of Russian propaganda.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
04 May 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
Mariana Vasilache
16 Apr 2022
DISINFORMATION: The EU pursues imperialist policies, and the states on its periphery, like Romania, are exploited by the strong ones, from the center.

DISINFORMATION: The EU pursues imperialist policies, and the states on its periphery, like Romania, are exploited by the strong ones, from the center.

The European Union is becoming an empire in which peripheral countries are being used for the interests of the strongest Member States. This false narrative has been promoted by Adrian Severin, a former politician who served time in prison for corruption.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
15 Apr 2022
DISINFORMATION:  NATO will not defend its members in the event of a conflict with Russia

DISINFORMATION: NATO will not defend its members in the event of a conflict with Russia

NATO is a weak organization that, in the event of a conflict with Russia, will not even defend its own members, as it has not defended Ukraine, writes in a comment ehomd.info, a web page blocked by the Intelligence and Security Service after the start of the war in Ukraine for spreading fake news.

Veridica
Veridica
11 Apr 2022
DISINFORMATION: Kyiv is torturing war prisoners and refuses to observe the Geneva Convention

DISINFORMATION: Kyiv is torturing war prisoners and refuses to observe the Geneva Convention

Kyiv has officially refused to comply with the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war and Russian soldiers are being “tortured” by Ukrainian “neo-Nazis”. The false narrative has been launched by the Russian Ministry of Defense and distributed by the Russian media.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
09 Apr 2022
DISINFORMATION: Zelensky conditions the right of the Romanian community in Ukraine on Bucharest’s help

DISINFORMATION: Zelensky conditions the right of the Romanian community in Ukraine on Bucharest’s help

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky makes the protection of the rights of the Romanian minority in Ukraine conditional on the aid that Romania should provide to the Kyiv authorities in this war.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
07 Apr 2022
DISINFORMATION: Ukrainian refugees take advantage of Moldovans’ hospitality

DISINFORMATION: Ukrainian refugees take advantage of Moldovans’ hospitality

Ukrainian refugees are aggressive and disturbing, and the hosts are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with them. In the Republic of Moldova, they vandalize Soviet monuments and pick up fights with the locals, writes the Russian publication mk.ru, citing social media, but without providing any proof for such allegations. In the Republic of Moldova, several such pieces of disinformation have been debunked by the media.

Veridica
Veridica
04 Apr 2022
DISINFORMATION: NATO is fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian

DISINFORMATION: NATO is fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian

NATO / US are forcing Ukraine to fight against Russia for the latter to be defeated and Vladimir Putin overthrown. The narrative falls into the category of Russian propaganda that seeks to shift responsibility for the war from the aggressor to the victim (Ukraine) and its supporters (NATO). In Romania, the narrative is promoted by Ion Cristoiu, an active promoter of pro-Russia disinformation in the public space.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
30 Mar 2022
DISINFORMATION: The mines launched by Ukraine could blow up the Black Sea, causing a cataclysm in Europe

DISINFORMATION: The mines launched by Ukraine could blow up the Black Sea, causing a cataclysm in Europe

The mines Ukraine has planted in the Black Sea could set off the hydrogen sulfide deposits in the sea and thus cause a cataclysm in Europe. The false narrative was promoted in Romania by Sorin Roșca Stănescu on Cozmin Gușă’s radio show. Both have previously fostered disinformation and fake news and have aligned themselves to Russia’s positions.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
25 Mar 2022
DISINFORMATION: Russians in the Diaspora face discrimination

DISINFORMATION: Russians in the Diaspora face discrimination

Russian Embassies in a number of countries have called on Russian ethnics to report every case of discrimination. By means of such messages, launched after the invasion of Ukraine, Moscow claims the Russian-speaking population is discriminated against, in order to intimidate countries such as the Republic of Moldova, but also to discourage Russian citizens who plan on leaving Russia.

Veridica
Veridica
21 Mar 2022
DISINFORMATION: The war in Ukraine, a pretext to denigrate Russia, to use censorship, to frighten the population in Romania and Europe and make arms sellers rich

DISINFORMATION: The war in Ukraine, a pretext to denigrate Russia, to use censorship, to frighten the population in Romania and Europe and make arms sellers rich

The public in Romania and Europe is inoculated with the fear of war so that Russia can be denigrated, the Russian press censored and arms sellers made rich. These false narratives are promoted by the controversial journalist Ion Cristoiu, who also says that the same “techniques” were used to terrorize the population during the pandemic.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
02 Mar 2022
DISINFORMATION: The USA doesn’t consider the deployment of Russian troops to the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Donbas an invasion of Ukraine

DISINFORMATION: The USA doesn’t consider the deployment of Russian troops to the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Donbas an invasion of Ukraine

The United States does not consider Russia is invading Ukraine by sending troops to the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, since it didn’t adopt harsher sanctions. This false narrative is promoted by Sorin Roșca Stănescu, a journalist known for being involved in criminal investigations, and whose articles regularly reference narratives similar to those publicized by Russian propaganda.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
23 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: The Western media misleads public opinion regarding the crisis in Ukraine, which in fact is one its diversions

DISINFORMATION: The Western media misleads public opinion regarding the crisis in Ukraine, which in fact is one its diversions

The Western media misleads public opinion regarding the crisis in Ukraine, which in fact is one its diversions. These false narratives are promoted by one of the most controversial Romanian journalists, Ion Cristoiu, and amplified by the Kremlin’s mouthpiece, Sputnik.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
16 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Kiev is inspired by Goebbels’ propaganda and says it is not obliged to negotiate with the separatists

DISINFORMATION: Kiev is inspired by Goebbels’ propaganda and says it is not obliged to negotiate with the separatists

Amid rising Russian-Ukrainian tensions and accusations against Moscow for surrounding Ukraine militarily, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukrainian officials were bound by the Minsk peace deal to negotiate with the separatists in Donbass, and Kiev's counterarguments were termed as propaganda in the style of Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Public Propaganda during the Nazi regime.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
15 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
Mariana Vasilache
11 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Putin is a good Christian, a victim of the Russophobic discourse, and has nothing to do with Communism, imposed on Russia by the West

DISINFORMATION: Putin is a good Christian, a victim of the Russophobic discourse, and has nothing to do with Communism, imposed on Russia by the West

Vladimir Putin is a good Christian, but his image has suffered because of Russophobia. These false narratives are based on statements made by the Archbishop of Thomis, Theodosius, and amplified by Sputnik. At the same time, the idea that Putin and Russia have nothing to do with Communism, which was imposed by the West, is also promoted.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
10 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Romania buys American weapons, without any benefit, instead of investing in education

DISINFORMATION: Romania buys American weapons, without any benefit, instead of investing in education

Romania buys weapons from the Americans instead of putting money into education and has become a major investor in the United States without receiving anything in return, according to narratives promoted by the Kremlin mouthpiece, Sputnik. The narratives start from a text by journalist Patrick André de Hillerin.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
09 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: The British special forces will escalate the situation in Donbass without Kiev’s endorsement

DISINFORMATION: The British special forces will escalate the situation in Donbass without Kiev’s endorsement

British special troops have been deployed to Ukraine to organize diversions and escalate the situation in Donbass, according to the pro-Kremlin media, which resumed a string of narratives about a Western attack on the Russian-speakers in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
08 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Romania will be partitioned in case of a Russian invasion in Ukraine

DISINFORMATION: Romania will be partitioned in case of a Russian invasion in Ukraine

Romania will be partitioned by its neighbors if it decides to fight alongside NATO in a war against Russia. This false narrative was launched on the Romanian media market with a view to eroding public confidence in NATO, and to demonstrate that Russia is not the aggressor in the current crisis in Ukraine.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
02 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is a Russian territory under foreign occupation that might launch a war against Russia

DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is a Russian territory under foreign occupation that might launch a war against Russia

“Russia is the last country in the world that would want a war with Ukraine”, the Kremlin-affiliated media writes, accusing Kiev of seeking to trigger a conflict. This false narrative is at odds with the situation on the ground, where Russia (a country that already attacked Ukraine in 2014) has amassed a sizable force.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
01 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
Mariana Vasilache
28 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: Simona Halep was eliminated from the Australian Open because she took the Covid vaccine

DISINFORMATION: Simona Halep was eliminated from the Australian Open because she took the Covid vaccine

Simona Halep experienced health problems at the Australian Open and was knocked out due to the anti-COVID vaccine she took. The narrative is promoted by activenews, a website with a predominantly anti-vaxx and coronasceptic editorial policy.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
27 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
Mariana Vasilache
21 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: By means of the QR code from the green pass, social credit is being established and the population is enslaved

DISINFORMATION: By means of the QR code from the green pass, social credit is being established and the population is enslaved

The QR code on the green pass helps impose the so-called “social credit” system, whereby Romanians (and the rest of mankind) will be enslaved by the global cabal. The false narrative is promoted by anti-vaxx and Eurosceptic media and is linked to older conspiracy theories regarding documents with biometric data.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
20 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
Mădălin Necșuțu
19 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is preparing a massacre in Donbas

DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is preparing a massacre in Donbas

Ukraine is planning on massacring the civilian population in Donbas, according to the separatist and Russian state media. This false narrative comes in response to Ukraine’s decision to mobilize its territorial defense forces in the face of a high risk of Russia invading the region.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
18 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
Mariana Vasilache
14 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
Mariana Vasilache
07 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: UE is strongarming Romania to renounce its Constitution and sovereignty

DISINFORMATION: UE is strongarming Romania to renounce its Constitution and sovereignty

Romania will have to renounce its Constitution and sovereignty, according to a new disinformation amplified by Senator Diana Șoșoacă and Sputnik. The source headlines a statement falsely attributed to the head of the European Commission’s Office in Romania.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
06 Jan 2022
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