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FAKE NEWS: The government of the Republic of Moldova is being challenged by the population for supporting Ukraine

Victory Day, Chișinău, May 9 2022
©Mădălin Necșuțu  |   Victory Day, Chișinău, May 9 2022

The pro-European government in Chisinau does not respect the neutrality status of the Republic of Moldova, and an ideological and geopolitical gap has formed between the power and the population, which will trigger massive protests, writes the Russian press, taken over by Russian-language publications in Chisinau. The narratives are intended to discredit the government in Chisinau because it has spoken out against the war in Ukraine and banned its symbols.

NEWS: “May 9 was marked on a large scale in Moldova, despite the pro-European leadership banning the Victory symbols. The celebration took place in all cities, but the largest event was staged in Chisinau. The inhabitants of the Capital marched the “Immortal Regiment”, organized a motorcade carrying the Victory flags and until nightfall they brought flowers to the eternal fire in memory of the heroes who fell in the Great War for the Defense of the Fatherland. May 9 showed that an ideological chasm had formed between the current authorities and most of the citizens, which could soon lead to popular protests.

This year's Victory Day celebration fully demonstrated an attitude that we could see before, but which has now become even more impertinent and cynical. If previously we could see the gradual exaggeration of the merit of the western states in the defeat of the Third Reich, now there are already attempts to identify Russia with the Nazi regime.

Currently, power in Moldova is held by politicians who do not hide their support for Kyiv, despite the fact that the country's neutral status is stipulated in the constitution. Victory Day was the touchstone that showed the extent to which the many NGOs that hide under the phrase “civil society” managed to change the mentality of the people.

We must say that Moldovans have successfully passed this test. Moreover, we can say that Victory's march in Moldova was the biggest in recent years. For this we must thank the power, which did everything it could to stop people from celebrating.

 […]

Victory Day in Moldova highlighted the rupture and the chasm between power and the majority of the population.

This ideological and geopolitical rift, as well as the economic situation of the population, can create real grounds for mass protests. Those of you who went out to celebrate Victory Day, are you ready to go out and protest against the current government? It seems that the answer to this question is getting firmer by the day”.

NARRATIVES: 1. The pro-European government does not respect the neutrality status of the Republic of Moldova; 2. There is an ideological and geopolitical chasm between the population of the Republic of Moldova and the pro-European government, which will massive protests; 3 The pro-European leadership tried to prevent the May 9 celebrations.

PURPOSE:  The narratives are intended to show a decrease in the support enjoyed by the government in Chisinau because it spoke out against the war in Ukraine and banned the symbols used by the Russians in this war.

CONTEXT: May 9th is a Soviet tradition that marks the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 and glorifies the Soviet army. The events are organized every year by pro-Russian parties in the Republic of Moldova, and are attended by representatives and supporters of the parties, veterans, the elderly, mostly Russian speakers. This year, led by the socialist and communist leaders, former presidents Vladimir Voronin and Igor Dodon, demonstrators marched from downtown Chisinau  to the memorial to Soviet heroes, waving red flags and singing Soviet war songs. Many of the participants, in particular politicians, wore the black-and-orange ribbon, one of the symbols of the  Russian-Ukrainian war recently banned in Moldova.

WHY THE NARRATIVE IS FALSE: Many Bessarabians fought and died in World War II, some as soldiers in the Soviet Army, others in the Romanian Army, or both. While for a part of the Moldovan society, nostalgic for the Soviet times, mainly old people, veterans of the Soviet Army, Russian-speakers, people who held good positions in the Soviet period, this date is a holiday, for another, pro-European – including pro-Romanian - part of society, May Day is Europe Day. The government in Chisinau marked Europe Day and Peace Day on May 9, commemorating the victims of World War II, and did not ban opposition demonstrations, only the symbols associated with the war in Ukraine.

The statement about the gap between Moldovan society and the pro-European government is mere speculation. The ruling PAS party and President Maia Sandu were supported by the Moldovan population’s votes, winning the majority in both the 2020 and 2021 presidential and parliamentary elections. The erosion of confidence in the PAS government is a normal phenomenon, which affects most of the ruling parties. The economic situation is the one that most affects the way a government is viewed, and that of the PAS has already been affected by multiple crises - the pandemic, the gas crisis, the war in neighboring Ukraine and the wave of refugees generated by it.

Regarding the narrative that the Chisinau authorities do not respect the principle of neutrality of the Republic of Moldova established in the Constitution, this is false. Article 11 stipulates that the Republic of Moldova is a neutral state and does not allow the deployment of military troops of other states on its territory, but does not prohibit the condemnation of wars or other military actions. The Moldovan authorities have condemned the war in Ukraine and are currently hosting almost 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. On the other hand, this principle of neutrality of the Republic of Moldova is violated by the Russian Federation, which illegally maintains Russian troops in the Transnistrian area.

Tags: Republica Moldova , War in Ukraine
Turneul Stradivarius 2022
Propaganda de Razboi - Razboi in UCRAINA
  • Publication / Media:
    RUBALTIC.RU
  • Date of publication:
    11/05/2022
  • Target audience:
    AUDIENCE FROM THE FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS
  • Amplification:
    KP.MD
  • Political affiliation:
    The Kremlin
  • Key narrative:
    THERE IS A IDEOLOGICAL AND GEOPOLITICAL GAP BETWEEN THE PRO-EUROPEAN GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY
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