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Veridica journalists and experts are analyzing and debunking the latest disinformation themes circulated in the public sphere. Disinformation is often embedded in fake news articles and more often than not combines factual, verifiable information with false information. Our team is providing you with the context, the goals and reality behind every piece of disinformation subject to analysis.
DISINFORMATION: Moldova closes schools to buy weapons from the West

DISINFORMATION: Moldova closes schools to buy weapons from the West

The pro-European government in Chisinau is closing universities and schools to procure Western weapons, and the people will be cannon fodder in the geopolitical games of the big players, former pro-Russian president Igor Dodon claims in an interview for the Russian press. The false narrative fits into the anti-NATO and anti-Western rhetoric that has intensified with the Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
17 Sep 2022
DISINFORMATION: Russia is not to blame for the energy and natural gas price surge

DISINFORMATION: Russia is not to blame for the energy and natural gas price surge

Russia is not to blame for the global rise in energy prices, it is the fault of an increasingly greedy Europe that has created “energy bubbles”. This false narrative, promoted in an online publication in Romania, repeats Russian propaganda and ignores Moscow's actions that actually led to the current situation.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
14 Sep 2022
DISINFORMATION: Romania and Europe will freeze next winter

DISINFORMATION: Romania and Europe will freeze next winter

Romania, just like the other European countries, will suffer terribly because of the gas price and Russia's decision to partially halt gas supplies to Europe, but this is only the fault of the European leaders, who punished Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine. The false narrative ignores the fact that Russia needs the Europeans’ money, and the latter have taken steps to avoid a major energy crisis.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
08 Sep 2022
DISINFORMATION: The Russian military presence in Transnistria is the “cornerstone” of security for the entire region

DISINFORMATION: The Russian military presence in Transnistria is the “cornerstone” of security for the entire region

The Russian military presence in the separatist region on the left bank of the Dniester is the cornerstone of security in the region, according to a pro-Kremlin publication. In reality, the Russian forces amplified the conflict by participating in it, and Moscow's refusal to withdraw them, as promised, led to its perpetuation.

Veridica
Veridica
06 Sep 2022
DISINFORMATION: Most Romanians want their country to leave NATO and the EU

DISINFORMATION: Most Romanians want their country to leave NATO and the EU

Most Romanian nationals want their country to leave NATO and the EU and there is no party that can politically capitalize on this move, according to a false narrative promoted by Gold FM, a radio station previously linked to promoting disinformation and fake news. The narrative is contradicted by surveys.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
01 Sep 2022
DISINFORMATION: The pro-European government in Chișinău is underming the Russian language in the Republic of Moldova

DISINFORMATION: The pro-European government in Chișinău is underming the Russian language in the Republic of Moldova

The Government in Chișinău is pushing for diminishing the role of the Russian language at society level, but also to undermine the rights of national minorities, rubaltic.ru writes. In fact, in recent years, nothing has virtually changed in Chișinău with respect to the status of the Russian language – Romanian speakers are often used to switch to Russian when communication to Russian speakers, films are often dubbed in Russian, while TV channels, shows and films are commonplace on the audiovisual market.

Veridica
Veridica
31 Aug 2022
DISINFORMATION: The poverty inflicted by the Maia Sandu administration is forcing people to use manure to heat their homes

DISINFORMATION: The poverty inflicted by the Maia Sandu administration is forcing people to use manure to heat their homes

The PAS pro-European government is to blame for the soaring inflation in the Republic of Moldova, having brought people to the brink of despair. This false narrative ignores the external causes behind the high level of inflation and is promoted by the pro-Russian opposition in Chișinău and its affiliated publications. Bloknot-moldova.ru illustrates the narrative by means of a collage depicting Maia Sandu next to a woman who makes piles of straw and manure used for heating.

Veridica
Veridica
22 Aug 2022
DISINFORMATION: The government in Chisinau has instated a dictatorial regime, which fights against the free press

DISINFORMATION: The government in Chisinau has instated a dictatorial regime, which fights against the free press

The pro-European government in Chisinau is censoring the press and getting rid of inconvenient media, according to a false narrative promoted by the Russian Foreign Ministry. The narrative is used by politnavigator.net and taken over by news-front.ru to justify possible response measures from Moscow.

Veridica
Veridica
17 Aug 2022
DISINFORMATION: Maia Sandu is plotting a coup against her own government

DISINFORMATION: Maia Sandu is plotting a coup against her own government

The PAS Cabinet has created chaos in Moldova. It wants to sever ties with Gazprom, while the USA is grooming a successor to Maia Sandu, reads a website promoting Kremlin policies. The website also states that Maia Sandu is plotting a coup against herself. The narratives are designed the smear the reputation of the pro-European government in Chișinău and to destabilize the internal context in the Republic of Moldova.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
15 Aug 2022
DISINFORMATION: If the Republic of Moldova had remained a part of Romania, it would have been an underdeveloped region, with an illiterate population serving Romanians’ interests

DISINFORMATION: If the Republic of Moldova had remained a part of Romania, it would have been an underdeveloped region, with an illiterate population serving Romanians’ interests

The population of the Republic of Moldova would have been illiterate, forced to serve Romanians, had its territory remained part of Romania, reads a false narrative launched by a pro-Russian publication. The narrative was launched after a settlement in the Republic of Moldova commemorated the Romanian servicemen killed in World War II.

Veridica
Veridica
08 Aug 2022
DISINFORMATION – Chișinău has called on Romania for support to defend against Russia, and this will lead to the annexation of Moldova

DISINFORMATION – Chișinău has called on Romania for support to defend against Russia, and this will lead to the annexation of Moldova

The Republic of Moldova will call on Romania for help in case Russia attacks, and this will lead to Moldova being annexed by Romania, topwar.ru writes. Much like other Russian publications, topwar.ru is misquoting the statements made in Bucharest by president Maia Sandu, and interprets them as the announcement of an anti-Russian alliance.

Veridica
Veridica
03 Aug 2022
DISINFORMATION: The Soviet regime did not organize the famine in Bessarabia

DISINFORMATION: The Soviet regime did not organize the famine in Bessarabia

The famine in Bessarabia was not organized by the Soviet regime, it was a consequence of the drought and the local authorities’ lack of action, and Moscow helped Moldavians. The false narrative appears in an online publication close to the Kremlin, and the purpose is to exonerate the totalitarian Soviet regime, which imposed itself through terror.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
31 Jul 2022
DISINFORMATION: Chișinău wants to denounce the Ceasefire Agreement with Transnistria

DISINFORMATION: Chișinău wants to denounce the Ceasefire Agreement with Transnistria

The Foreign Minister of the separatist region of Transnistria suggested that Moldovan authorities might denounce the 1992 Ceasefire Agreement, which could trigger a new war in the region. Chișinău, however, has never expressed its intention to denounce the Agreement, despite the fact that some of its provisions are not observed.

Veridica
Veridica
25 Jul 2022
DISINFORMATION: The Romania – US strategic partnership brings no advantages

DISINFORMATION: The Romania – US strategic partnership brings no advantages

Romania's strategic partnership with the US has not produced any tangible results or advantages for Romania, it has only turned the country into an importer of American weapons.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
22 Jul 2022
DISINFORMATION: The weapons delivered to Ukraine transit the territory of Moldova

DISINFORMATION: The weapons delivered to Ukraine transit the territory of Moldova

The weapons delivered to Ukraine might be transiting the territory of the Republic of Moldova, says the pro-Russian politician Igor Dodon, in an interview given under house arrest. His statements were also taken over by the official press of the Russian Federation and aim to disinform and accuse the pro-European government in Chisinau of wanting to involve the country in the war.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
19 Jul 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Poland will work with Hungary and Romania to capture parts of Ukraine

WAR PROPAGANDA: Poland will work with Hungary and Romania to capture parts of Ukraine

The Russian state media, quoted by some publications in Romania, has disseminated a propaganda narrative, launched by the Foreign Intelligence Service in Russia, according to which Poland will work more actively with Hungary and Romania in order to take over Western Ukraine. In fact, Poland is one of the staunch supporters of Ukraine’s efforts to fend off the Russian invasion.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
18 Jul 2022
DISINFORMATION: Whistleblowers are “snitches”

DISINFORMATION: Whistleblowers are “snitches”

Whistleblowers are “snitches”, much like the former informers of the Securitate in the communist period, according to a false narrative promoted in Bucharest by an actual ex-informer, Sorin Roșca Stănescu. The narrative has been circulated in the context of the adoption of a whistleblower law by the Chamber of Deputies, robbing the former of whatever protection they were offered under EU law.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
08 Jul 2022
DISINFORMATION: Moldova will enter a profound crisis when, pressed by the EU, it introduces sanctions against Russia

DISINFORMATION: Moldova will enter a profound crisis when, pressed by the EU, it introduces sanctions against Russia

The Republic of Moldova will enter a profound crisis if it joins the European Union and anti-Russian sanctions, the Russian official news agency and the Moldovan fugitive oligarch, Ilan Shor, claim. The issue of anti-Russian sanctions exploited by Russian propaganda and Russia’s agents of influence is one of the recurrent threats Kremlin uses to pressure Chișinău.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
04 Jul 2022
DISINFORMATION: The EU grants the status of candidate to Russophobic countries that have nothing to gain from that

DISINFORMATION: The EU grants the status of candidate to Russophobic countries that have nothing to gain from that

According to narratives launched by pro-Russian politicians in Chisinau and officials in Moscow, the European Union offers the status of accession candidate using Russophobia as a criterion and, together with NATO, is building a war coalition against Russia. Such narratives have appeared in the context in which the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine received the status of candidate countries for EU accession.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
29 Jun 2022
DISINFORMATION: Censorship is introduced in the Republic of Moldova by banning the broadcasting of certain categories of programs from Russia

DISINFORMATION: Censorship is introduced in the Republic of Moldova by banning the broadcasting of certain categories of programs from Russia

By banning certain categories of programs from Russian television stations, censorship is introduced in the Republic of Moldova, an article published on Politnavigator.net. suggests. In fact, the purpose of the law is to limit fake news and disinformation.

Veridica
Veridica
27 Jun 2022
DISINFORMATION: The WHO will use data from Romania’s population census in an abusive manner

DISINFORMATION: The WHO will use data from Romania’s population census in an abusive manner

Romanians' data on health, birth and mortality could reach the World Health Organization (WHO), which will use them for obscure purposes, according to a false narrative promoted in Romania by the controversial Josefina Pascal. The narrative takes elements from the conspiracy theory of the “Great Reset”.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
22 Jun 2022
DISINFORMATION: Moldova is pushed towards a war with Russia and a unification with Romania

DISINFORMATION: Moldova is pushed towards a war with Russia and a unification with Romania

Moldova is undergoing an economic crisis, and the Government and the West is providing it with weapons for the war in Ukraine, while at the same time preparing the unification with Romania. The narratives were launched by former president, Igor Dodon, and were amplified by the pro-Socialist and Russian media.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
12 Jun 2022
DISINFORMATION: The United States triggered the war in Ukraine for financial profit

DISINFORMATION: The United States triggered the war in Ukraine for financial profit

The United States are responsible for triggering the war in Ukraine, and continue to fuel this conflict for its own economic benefit, but also with a view to turning Europe and some countries in Asia into its economic satellites, according to a false narrative published in Bucharest. The disinformation reiterates Moscow’s propaganda themes that try to justify Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, holding the West accountable for this conflict.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
09 Jun 2022
DISINFORMATION: 40% of the Republic of Moldova’s territory will be controlled by foreign policemen

DISINFORMATION: 40% of the Republic of Moldova’s territory will be controlled by foreign policemen

The Republic of Moldova will be controlled by armed policemen from other countries, according to media outlets affiliated to the Socialist Party. In fact, several dozen experts will be charged with supporting Moldovan border policemen in overseeing border crossing procedures and managing the flow of refugees.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
05 Jun 2022
DISINFORMATION: The Western media are lying about the war in Ukraine

DISINFORMATION: The Western media are lying about the war in Ukraine

The Western media are lying, and the horrors committed by Russians in Ukraine are not real. Arms manufacturers want a New World Order, and are paying the western media for pro-Ukrainian propaganda, according to false narratives published in Bucharest.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
25 May 2022
DISINFORMATION: If Moldova leaves the CIS, it will have nowhere to sell its products

DISINFORMATION: If Moldova leaves the CIS, it will have nowhere to sell its products

The Republic of Moldova will suffer enormous economic losses if it exists the Commonwealth of Independent States, according to the former pro-Russian president Igor Dodon. However, statistics show that Moldovan exports to Russia have been steadily declining, as Moscow has imposed tariff caps on Moldovan products since 2014 and is supplying gas at market prices.

Veridica
Veridica
23 May 2022
DISINFORMATION: The West is fighting Russia using Ukraine as proxy

DISINFORMATION: The West is fighting Russia using Ukraine as proxy

Western countries are waging a war by proxy in Ukraine against Russia, and seek to destroy this country, although the armed conflict is affecting the West more than it does Russia.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
21 May 2022
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
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