Fake News

Veridica contributors are monitoring, analyzing and debunking for you the main fake news circulated in the public sphere. Although the terms “fake news” and “false news” are often synonymous in modern-day language, the key difference consists in the intention behind them: fake news narratives are circulated by a state or an organization with a view to spreading confusion and generating social unrest, whereas false news are not rooted in an ideology or the strategy of a state, and sometimes they are not designed to manipulate public opinion.
WAR PROPAGANDA: In Ukraine, Russia is fighting for traditional values

WAR PROPAGANDA: In Ukraine, Russia is fighting for traditional values

The war in Ukraine is being waged by Russia to save traditional values and the family from the debauchery and perversion of the West, according to pro-Kremlin propaganda.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
16 May 2024
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine may attack the Republic of Moldova

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine may attack the Republic of Moldova

Ukraine will intensify its “unintentional” bombing of the territory of the Republic of Moldova if it advances further on the path of European integration, leaving Kyiv behind, according to the pro-Kremlin Telegram channel “Smuglyanka”.

Veridica
Veridica
15 May 2024
FAKE NEWS: France sent the Foreign Legion to the Ukrainian front

FAKE NEWS: France sent the Foreign Legion to the Ukrainian front

Thousands of French Foreign Legion soldiers are already fighting on the Ukrainian front, according to a pro-Russian and anti-Western publication.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
14 May 2024
FAKE NEWS: Chișinău marks Europe Day in order to divide society

FAKE NEWS: Chișinău marks Europe Day in order to divide society

The Government in Chișinău is marking Europe Day on May 9 instead of Victory Day in order to divide Moldovan society, pro-Kremlin media writes, labeling “revanchist” those who refuse to celebrate the Soviet Union’s victory against Nazi Germany.

Veridica
Veridica
10 May 2024
War Propaganda: In 1945 Russia defeated the collective West for the first time

War Propaganda: In 1945 Russia defeated the collective West for the first time

Russia defended itself against the invasion of collective Europe in World War II and can do it again now, in the context of the war in Ukraine, according to pro-Kremlin propaganda.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
09 May 2024
FAKE NEWS: Israeli authorities want to ban the Christian faith

FAKE NEWS: Israeli authorities want to ban the Christian faith

Israel will outlaw the Christian faith, according to an anti-Semitic publication in Romania.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
08 May 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: Russia is liberating territories from Ukrainian occupation

WAR PROPAGANDA: Russia is liberating territories from Ukrainian occupation

Ukrainians are not an indigenous population, but rather the occupiers of Ukraine, and Russia is liberating its historical provinces, pro-Kremlin propaganda claims.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
07 May 2024
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine forbids Orthodox Christians from attending the Easter Vigil

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine forbids Orthodox Christians from attending the Easter Vigil

Kyiv is using the war against Russia to forbid citizens from coming to church on Easter ad to attack Orthodox traditional values, pro-Kremlin propaganda writes.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
03 May 2024
FAKE NEWS: Bucharest fears Moldovans might renounce the Union of 1859

FAKE NEWS: Bucharest fears Moldovans might renounce the Union of 1859

Moldovans in Romania might renounce the Union of Romanian Principalities of 1859, due to the aggressive Romanianization policy promoted by Bucharest in the Republic of Moldova, a so-called political theorist from Transnistria says.

Veridica
Veridica
30 Apr 2024
FAKE NEWS: Saharan dust is an artificial poisonous powder

FAKE NEWS: Saharan dust is an artificial poisonous powder

The clouds of Saharan dust that reached Romania these days are a synthetic product designed to poison the population, a well-known conspiracy website writes.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
29 Apr 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine, a Russian invention now run by non-Ukrainians

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine, a Russian invention now run by non-Ukrainians

According to pro-Kremlin propaganda, Ukraine cannot exist without Russia, and the political elites in Kyiv are made up of non-Ukrainians who want to destroy the country.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
26 Apr 2024
FAKE NEWS: The WHO will trump citizens’ rights and freedoms

FAKE NEWS: The WHO will trump citizens’ rights and freedoms

The new Pandemic Treaty will empower the WHO with unlimited prerogatives, nullifying the sovereignty of states and the principle of self-determination, a pro-Russian extremist party claims.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
24 Apr 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: NATO might occupy Ukraine, and Russia is defending its sovereignty

WAR PROPAGANDA: NATO might occupy Ukraine, and Russia is defending its sovereignty

Whereas Ukrainian politicians need the war to stay in power, Russia contributes to preserving the sovereignty of Ukraine in the face of threats caused by NATO.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
19 Apr 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: Kyiv is using a possible nuclear disaster to blackmail the West

WAR PROPAGANDA: Kyiv is using a possible nuclear disaster to blackmail the West

Ukraine is blackmailing the West to cause a nuclear disaster in Europe, unless it receives support for its war effort, according to pro-Kremlin propaganda.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
17 Apr 2024
FAKE NEWS: Private banks do not give loans to Romanians

FAKE NEWS: Private banks do not give loans to Romanians

Private banks make money at the expense of Romanians, whom they refuse to help by giving them loans, claims a publication owned by a sovereignist, extremism-oriented party.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
15 Apr 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: The West wants to concede Ukrainian territories to Russia

WAR PROPAGANDA: The West wants to concede Ukrainian territories to Russia

The West is pressing Ukraine to concede certain territories to Russia, but this is a ruse, pro-Kremlin propaganda writes, adding that Zelenskyy will be put on trial for war crimes.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
11 Apr 2024
FAKE NEWS: The US and the West do not provide real support to the Republic of Moldova

FAKE NEWS: The US and the West do not provide real support to the Republic of Moldova

The United States and the West do not really provide financial support to the Republic of Moldova, but rather use its human capital, according to a narrative carried by the pro-Russian media in Chisinau.

Veridica
Veridica
10 Apr 2024
FAKE NEWS: The Jews suppress freedom of expression in the USA

FAKE NEWS: The Jews suppress freedom of expression in the USA

A draft law in California protecting the victims of anti-Semitism will infringe on freedom of expression in the USA, according to conspiracy propaganda.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
04 Apr 2024
FAKE NEWS: People vaccinated against Covid cannot donate blood

FAKE NEWS: People vaccinated against Covid cannot donate blood

Japanese researchers say blood transfusions from people vaccinated against Covid should be banned, claim some Romanian conspiracy-peddling publications.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
02 Apr 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukrainians and Russians are one and the same people and Russia is fighting a holy war

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukrainians and Russians are one and the same people and Russia is fighting a holy war

Ukrainians and Russians are one and the same people and Russia is waging a holy war in Ukraine, reads a false narrative promoted by the Russian Orthodox Church.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
01 Apr 2024
FAKE NEWS: The Chisinau Government imposes the European integration of Moldova

FAKE NEWS: The Chisinau Government imposes the European integration of Moldova

The government is forcing Moldova’s European integration on its citizens, according to a false narrative promoted by the fugitive criminal Ilan Shor and picked up by the pro-Kremlin media

Veridica
Veridica
28 Mar 2024
FAKE NEWS: Electric cars are more polluting than the classic ones

FAKE NEWS: Electric cars are more polluting than the classic ones

Electric cars are more polluting than the classic ones, announces part of the Romanian press, citing a study that compares engine and tire emissions.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
26 Mar 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: Russia, superior to the West in technological and military terms

WAR PROPAGANDA: Russia, superior to the West in technological and military terms

The West cannot defeat Russia because it is inferior in technological and military terms, pro-Kremlin propaganda writes, trying to minimize Western support for Ukraine.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
25 Mar 2024
FAKE NEWS: Moldova calls on Russia to evacuate Russians from Transnistria

FAKE NEWS: Moldova calls on Russia to evacuate Russians from Transnistria

Moldova is calling on Russia to remove hundreds of thousands of people from Transnistria, which means the majority of the population, according to pro-Kremlin media. In reality, Chisinau only wants the withdrawal of the Russian army.

Veridica
Veridica
22 Mar 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: Russia needs a buffer-zone to protect itself from Ukraine

WAR PROPAGANDA: Russia needs a buffer-zone to protect itself from Ukraine

Russia will create a buffer zone on Ukrainian territory to protect its civilians from Kyiv's bombings, according to pro-Kremlin media developing an idea voiced by the Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
20 Mar 2024
FAKE NEWS: Writer arrested in Switzerland for manipulating public opinion

FAKE NEWS: Writer arrested in Switzerland for manipulating public opinion

A writer was arrested in Switzerland for manipulating public opinion, reads a false narrative picked up in Romania by a publication spreading xenophobic, racist and anti-Semitic themes.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
19 Mar 2024
FAKE NEWS: Moldova will deploy troops in Ukraine under French flag

FAKE NEWS: Moldova will deploy troops in Ukraine under French flag

Moldovan servicemen might fight in Ukraine under French flag, the Russian media writes, commenting on the signing of a French-Moldovan security agreement.

Veridica
Veridica
18 Mar 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: Peace, achievable only by annexing Ukraine

WAR PROPAGANDA: Peace, achievable only by annexing Ukraine

The capitulation of Ukraine and its reunification with Russia is the only viable peace plan, says former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, cited by the pro-Kremlin propaganda.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
15 Mar 2024
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine’s government in exile and the West’s war against Russia

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine’s government in exile and the West’s war against Russia

Following Russia’s victory against Ukraine, the government in Kyiv will operate out of exile, according to pro-Kremlin propaganda, which also states the West will launch a war against Russia.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
12 Mar 2024
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine is selling its land to Poland

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine is selling its land to Poland

The Kyiv regime is literally selling the land of the country, says pro-Russian blogger Dan Diaconu, taking over fake news that circulated last year in the ex-Soviet space.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
11 Mar 2024
ВОЕННАЯ ПРОПАГАНДА: Посылаемые на смерть, украинские военнослужащие просят гражданских протестовать

ВОЕННАЯ ПРОПАГАНДА: Посылаемые на смерть, украинские военнослужащие просят гражданских протестовать

Kyiv is sending its soldiers to certain death, and they are calling on civilians to stage protests in the country's capital to stop the war, according to pro-Kremlin propaganda.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
06 Mar 2024
FAKE NEWS: The EU will ban repairs on vehicles older than 15 years

FAKE NEWS: The EU will ban repairs on vehicles older than 15 years

Vehicles older than 15 years will no longer be repaired, according to a false narrative picked up by a number of Romanian publications.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
05 Mar 2024
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FAKE NEWS: Ukraine forbids Orthodox Christians from attending the Easter Vigil

Kyiv is using the war against Russia to forbid citizens from coming to church on Easter ad to attack Orthodox traditional values, pro-Kremlin propaganda writes.

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