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Veridica Editorials bring to your attention hot topics on the international agenda. Our journalists are closely following and monitoring international developments, in particular in countries in Central and Eastern Europe, and offer original and well-documented viewpoints that will provide you with a better insight into our reality.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, between European aspirations and the danger of secession

Bosnia and Herzegovina, between European aspirations and the danger of secession

Bosnia and Herzegovina will start EU accession negotiations 30 years after the end of the civil war. The country has made little progress since, and the Serbs – backed by the Russians – are threatening secession.

Ioana Dumitrescu
Ioana Dumitrescu
17 Apr 2024
Is Georgia about to score an own goal?

Is Georgia about to score an own goal?

Georgia could restrict the rights of the LGBT community. The move would hinder the country’s European integration.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
16 Apr 2024
The war with Russia puts pressure on Ukrainian democracy

The war with Russia puts pressure on Ukrainian democracy

The decision to postpone the elections is used by Russian propaganda to question the legitimacy of Volodymyr Zelensky and divide Ukrainian society from within.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
15 Apr 2024
The Stoltenberg proposal: a turning point for NATO. And for Ukraine

The Stoltenberg proposal: a turning point for NATO. And for Ukraine

A 100-billion-euro fund for Ukraine means a precise, long-term commitment with more offensive connotations than the support offered so far by the West.

Iulian Comănescu
Iulian Comănescu
12 Apr 2024
(Pro)Russian fearmongering: Moldova’s "Great Reset"

(Pro)Russian fearmongering: Moldova’s "Great Reset"

Russian propaganda, alongside politicians, publicists and clerics from the Republic of Moldova, has been promoting for years narratives regarding the threats to the identity and even the existence of Moldova and Moldovans.

Veridica
Veridica
10 Apr 2024
The fight between Good and Evil, a Russian narrative also circulated in Romania

The fight between Good and Evil, a Russian narrative also circulated in Romania

Russia is fighting a “holy war” against the evil embodied by a coalition of Nazis, Islamists, Westerners and the LGBT community, according to a narrative promoted, among others, by the Moscow Patriarchate. The thesis regarding a “fight between Good and Evil”, which includes this narrative as well, transpires also in disinformation narratives, fake news and conspiracy theories promoted by Russia in the West and in Romania.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
09 Apr 2024
The Great Healthcare Reset

The Great Healthcare Reset

Fewer and fewer Romanians are getting vaccinated, a trend that gained momentum during the Covid-19 pandemic. The phenomenon is related to conspiracy theories regarding the population being made sick intentionally.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
08 Apr 2024
Where the birds frightened me. A report from Ukraine

Where the birds frightened me. A report from Ukraine

The Ukrainian borderlands close to the Russian border resemble a no man’s land, scarred by war, where death comes from above.

Alex Craiu
Alex Craiu
05 Apr 2024
For the first time in 30 years, Chisinau has the advantage in the Transnistria case

For the first time in 30 years, Chisinau has the advantage in the Transnistria case

Isolated from Russia and marked by an economic crisis, Transnistria is forced to accept measures from Chisinau that it would have otherwise ignored. Tiraspol clings to an aggressive rhetoric, but doesn't really have many options at hand.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
03 Apr 2024
Lukashenko’s Wagner army is more of a propaganda tool than an actual threat

Lukashenko’s Wagner army is more of a propaganda tool than an actual threat

The relocation of Wagner forces to Belarus following Prigozhin’s aborted rebellion proved to be a propaganda move. Within a year, Lukashenko’s Wagner army, brandished as a threat to neighboring NATO countries, virtually melted away. It also failed to help Lukashenko achieve his objective of foraying into the lucrative mercenary business in Africa.

Zmicier Mickievič
Zmicier Mickievič
01 Apr 2024
The Estonian city where people still believe old Soviet lies

The Estonian city where people still believe old Soviet lies

An exhibition in Narva, dedicated to the Soviet bombing of this Estonian city in 1944 and comparing it to Russian bombardments of Ukraine, has outraged some local residents and politicians. The reactions are at least partly influenced by overexposure to Soviet and Russian propaganda.

Olesja Lagashina
Olesja Lagashina
28 Mar 2024
Ukraine attacked Russia with “ISIS’ hand”. The story of an FSB/ex-KGB branded narrative

Ukraine attacked Russia with “ISIS’ hand”. The story of an FSB/ex-KGB branded narrative

Ukraine has been accused of being responsible for the terrorist attack in Moscow. Originally published on Telegram, the thesis was developed by Vladimir Putin and his close siloviki, the current and former head of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov and Nikolai Patrushev, both ex-KGB, like Putin. The narrative rids the Russian authorities of all responsibility, plays well into the rhetoric about the Ukrainian-Western aggression and can be used to escalate the war. Arguments in its defense include falsehoods and an older conspiracy theory.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
27 Mar 2024
The fear of a Russian invasion is taking a psychological toll in Latvia

The fear of a Russian invasion is taking a psychological toll in Latvia

The fear of war with Russia is taking a psychological toll on Latvians. Authorities are trying to reassure them, pointing that Moscow lacks the capacity to wage war against NATO.

Kaspars Germanis
Kaspars Germanis
26 Mar 2024
Iohannis at NATO: what the president and Romania could win

Iohannis at NATO: what the president and Romania could win

The candidacy of Klaus Iohannis for head of NATO can benefit Romania. Iohannis's chance lies in the differences of opinion between East and West regarding the strategy of the Alliance.

Iulian Comănescu
Iulian Comănescu
18 Mar 2024
The European Parliament calls on Russia to return Romania’s national treasure. Why is it a historical resolution?

The European Parliament calls on Russia to return Romania’s national treasure. Why is it a historical resolution?

Românii au încercat timp de mai bine de o sută de ani să rezolve diferendul privind Tezaurul aflat la Moscova în diferite formate. Nu au reușit. Restituirile din 1935 (arhive) și 1956 (patrimoniul artistic) s-au datorat „bunăvoinței” și „mărinimiei” Moscovei, după cum arătau oamenii politici ai vremii, nu solicitărilor Bucureștiului. Acesta a încercat de câteva ori să internaționalizeze litigiul, reușind o singură dată, la Conferința de la Genova din 1922, dar fără urmări. Rezoluția Parlamentului European din 14 martie 2024 este al doilea act internațional de după 1917 care cere Rusiei să restituie României Tezaurul confiscat.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
14 Mar 2024
The Romanian Intelligence Service bankrolls mercenaries in Ukraine by selling Putin teddy bears. A fake “Reuters” story.

The Romanian Intelligence Service bankrolls mercenaries in Ukraine by selling Putin teddy bears. A fake “Reuters” story.

Realitatea TV, RTV and journalists known for spreading false narratives have presented and AI-generated story as a media investigation, claiming Ukraine is funded with capital raised from selling “Putin” teddy-bears.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
14 Mar 2024
Sexual harassment and the conservatism of Romanian society

Sexual harassment and the conservatism of Romanian society

A scandal about the sexual harassment of dozens of students in journalism has brought this phenomenon, still widespread in Romania, including in education institutions, back into focus. However, the issue seems to be of little concern to Romanian society or the authorities that should prevent and sanction it. Psychologists say harassment is linked to power relations in a conservative, male-dominated society.

Ariana Coman
Ariana Coman
12 Mar 2024
Georgia’s oligarch is back. Will he steer the country towards Russia?

Georgia’s oligarch is back. Will he steer the country towards Russia?

With elections looming this year, Georgia’s éminence grise, oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, returned to politics. Shortly after that, a new, pro-Russian premier was appointed.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
11 Mar 2024
Orban’s dance: one step backwards with Russia, one step forward towards sovereignists and Iran

Orban’s dance: one step backwards with Russia, one step forward towards sovereignists and Iran

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has slightly distanced himself from Russia for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine, but he has moved closer to the sovereigntists. This "dance" has very much to do with the interest in a post of European Commissioner.

Ioana Dumitrescu
Ioana Dumitrescu
08 Mar 2024
Transnistria asks for Moscow's protection to scare Chișinău. Tiraspol’s bluff: the annexation to Russia

Transnistria asks for Moscow's protection to scare Chișinău. Tiraspol’s bluff: the annexation to Russia

The alarmist predictions that Transnistria will call for the annexation to Russia or that Putin will announce the move in his speech before the Russian State Duma turned out to be unfounded. Separatists called on Moscow to protect them “through diplomatic measures”, but it seems to be an attempt to obtain concessions from Chișinău sooner than a step towards joining the Russian Federation.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
02 Mar 2024
Looking for support at home, Bulgaria’s far right openly reaches out to Russia

Looking for support at home, Bulgaria’s far right openly reaches out to Russia

Bulgaria’s pro-Russian far-right has been increasingly vocal and provocative, as it tries to take advantage of tensions within the pro-European, pro-Ukraine ruling coalition.

Svetoslav Todorov
Svetoslav Todorov
29 Feb 2024
As Russia’s hostility towards NATO increases, Moscow wants to arrest Estonia’s leader

As Russia’s hostility towards NATO increases, Moscow wants to arrest Estonia’s leader

Russia is upping the stakes in its long game against NATO, as it put Estonia’s prime minister on a wanted list and unveiled plans to increase the number of troops deployed at the border. Experts think that, within 3 to 10 years after the end of the war in Ukraine, Moscow would be able to attack a NATO country.

Olesja Lagashina
Olesja Lagashina
28 Feb 2024
Is Poland ready to defend itself against a Russian armed attack?

Is Poland ready to defend itself against a Russian armed attack?

Two years since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many Poles fear their country may be next on Putin’s bucket list.

Michal Kukawski
Michal Kukawski
27 Feb 2024
The Green Deal is dead. Long live the Green Deal!

The Green Deal is dead. Long live the Green Deal!

The von der Leyen Commission's plan for EU countries to transition to “green” economies was met with resistance from farmers and skepticism from some politicians who’ve already embarked on the European Parliament election campaign.

Iulian Comănescu
Iulian Comănescu
26 Feb 2024
Russia’s people in the EU: the Latvian MEP working for the FSB

Russia’s people in the EU: the Latvian MEP working for the FSB

Latvia’s efforts to rein in Russian spying and influence came to spotlight following allegations that a well-known pro-Russian MEP, Tatjana Ždanoka, collaborated with the FSB.

Kaspars Germanis
Kaspars Germanis
20 Feb 2024
The Republic of Moldova: separatist agitations against the backdrop of the opening of EU accession negotiations

The Republic of Moldova: separatist agitations against the backdrop of the opening of EU accession negotiations

Both Transnistria and the Autonomous Region of Gagauzia seem to be heating up, against the background of an increasingly fierce hybrid war waged by the Russian Federation against the Republic of Moldova.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
19 Feb 2024
Alexei Navalny’s death: reactions of Romanian conspiracy mongers

Alexei Navalny’s death: reactions of Romanian conspiracy mongers

Navalny was killed by the West, which betrayed itself by publicly announcing his death before it was ever medically attested, according to false narratives circulated in Romania.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
17 Feb 2024
Pro-Russians in EU-candidate Georgia want to vindicate Stalin

Pro-Russians in EU-candidate Georgia want to vindicate Stalin

A scandal regarding an icon depicting Stalin in Tbilis’s main cathedral brought into spotlight efforts by pro-Russians and Russian propaganda to revive the cult of the former dictator. Following protests against the icon, the ruling Georgian Dream, which claims to be committed to Euro-Atlantic integration, unveiled Russian-inspired plans to criminalize religious insults. 

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
16 Feb 2024
Is Putin afraid of women who demand the return of Russian servicemen from the front?

Is Putin afraid of women who demand the return of Russian servicemen from the front?

Putin has so far avoided a confrontation with the women who demand the return of servicemen from the front in Ukraine. History shows that Russian women are capable of causing trouble for authoritarian regimes.

Cosmin Popa
Cosmin Popa
14 Feb 2024
“Romanian will replace Russian”: Russians misquote Veridica in order to produce fake news

“Romanian will replace Russian”: Russians misquote Veridica in order to produce fake news

"The Romanian language will replace the Russian language in Ukraine" writes the Russian press, basing its false claim on a Veridica article about a debate regarding the celebration of the Romanian language.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
13 Feb 2024
Vladimir Putin's lies in the interview to Tucker Carlson

Vladimir Putin's lies in the interview to Tucker Carlson

Vladimir Putin recycled a number of Russian propaganda narratives to justify the invasion of Ukraine and portray Russia as a victim of Western aggression. The false narratives were also doubled by blatant lies, such as the one that Russia did not threaten to use its nuclear weapons, or the promotion of revisionist theses, according to which Romania, Poland, Hungary (and Russia) have the right to take back territories from Ukraine.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
10 Feb 2024
Viktor Orban is losing the fight  with the West and there’s nothing Putin can do to help him

Viktor Orban is losing the fight with the West and there’s nothing Putin can do to help him

Recent decisions show that Hungary's EU and NATO partners are fed up with Budapest’s boycott of common policies, anti-democratic drifts and its content playing into Russia’s hands. Although he claims that Russia is a viable alternative to the West, Vladimir Putin has few options to help his friend, Viktor Orban.

Ioana Dumitrescu
Ioana Dumitrescu
09 Feb 2024
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