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Veridica Interviews outline the points of view of reputed experts about the main topics on the international political agenda. Find out what various historians, diplomats and other personalities have to say about what is happening in the current geopolitical context and discover a new outlook on events around the world.
Vladimir Soloviov: The annexation of new territories by Russia is inevitable

Vladimir Soloviov: The annexation of new territories by Russia is inevitable

Vladimir Soloviov is a Russian journalist based in the Republic of Moldova. He writes for Kommersant. Veridica spoke with Mr. Soloviov in Chisinau about the political developments in the Republic of Moldova, Russia’s imperial claims and the war in Ukraine, but also about the almost non-existent relationship between Russia and Romania.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
02 Jul 2022
Vladimir Socor: Russia planned its expansion as early as the 90s

Vladimir Socor: Russia planned its expansion as early as the 90s

For Europe to evade the Russian threat, Russia needs to slip into a period of instability once Putin is gone, says Vladimir Socor. In an interview to Veridica, Vladimir Socor says the early signs of post-Soviet expansionism became transparent in the 1990s, also referring to Ukraine’s chances in the current war.

Ioana Dumitrescu
Ioana Dumitrescu
13 Jun 2022
The Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova in Romania, Victor Chirilă: If there’s anyone who doesn’t observe the neutrality status of the Republic of Moldova, then it is Moscow, not Chișinău

The Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova in Romania, Victor Chirilă: If there’s anyone who doesn’t observe the neutrality status of the Republic of Moldova, then it is Moscow, not Chișinău

The Transnistrian is not an obstacle to the EU integration of Chișinău, says the ambassador the Republic of Moldova in Romania, Victor Chirilă. In an interview to Veridica, the Moldovan diplomat said that, should Ukraine win the war against Russia, Tiraspol leaders will become “more flexible”. Victor Chirilă analyzed the security risks for Chișinău, as well as the main projects carried out by the Republic of Moldova jointly with Romania.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
10 Jun 2022
Mark Galeotti: History will remember Putin as a war criminal

Mark Galeotti: History will remember Putin as a war criminal

Historian Mark Galeotti, who specializes in Russian history and politics and one of the Western experts who followed Vladimir Putin before he became president, believes that the Kremlin leader is primarily responsible for the strategic mistakes made by the Russian army in Ukraine. Professor Galeotti also spoke about the nature of power in Russia and the links between the state, oligarchs, secret services and organized crime.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
04 Jun 2022
Andrey Kurkov: Practically, Putin was working hard to consolidate Ukrainian nation and he achieved what he didn't want, because Ukrainian nation is ready to defend itself

Andrey Kurkov: Practically, Putin was working hard to consolidate Ukrainian nation and he achieved what he didn't want, because Ukrainian nation is ready to defend itself

Andrey Kurkov is one of the most important contemporary Ukrainian writers. He writes in Russian, but has been described as an "enemy of Russian culture." In an interview with Veridica, Andrey Kurkov spoke about Russia's return to the monarchy under "Tsar" Vladimir Putin, the decoupling - at least temporarily - from Russian culture, but also about Moscow's war against his country.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
28 Apr 2022
Kyiv expert: “The Russian forces couldn’t deal with the Ukrainian army, so they started taking revenge on civilians”

Kyiv expert: “The Russian forces couldn’t deal with the Ukrainian army, so they started taking revenge on civilians”

There is now a great deal of coagulation in Ukraine over the national idea, and Ukrainians quickly understood, from the earliest days of the Russian invasion, that they have to either fight or be killed, says Nadija Afanasieva, director of the Ukrainian Institute for International Politics in Kyiv. In an interview with Veridica, the international relations expert explained what Vladimir Putin actually meant when he said that Russia had “noble intentions”, but also what the role of the Transnistrian region in the economy of this war is.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
20 Apr 2022
Historian: I see lots of resemblances between the Soviet-Afghan war and the one waged by Russia in Ukraine

Historian: I see lots of resemblances between the Soviet-Afghan war and the one waged by Russia in Ukraine

Through its tactics in Ukraine, the Russian military is reminiscent of the Soviet army in Afghanistan rather than a modernized force. Veridica spoke with Chisinau military historian and researcher Ion Xenofontov to see the similarities and differences between the two wars fought by the former USSR and its legal successor, Russia.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
22 Mar 2022
30 years since the war in Transnistria. A precedent for Russia’s wars in the ex-Soviet space

30 years since the war in Transnistria. A precedent for Russia’s wars in the ex-Soviet space

The former Minister of Defense, Viorel Cibotaru, currently a political and military analyst in Chisinau fought in the 1992 war on the Dniester between the Moldovan army and the Transnistrian paramilitary forces, helped by the Russian 14th Guards Army. Viorel Cibotaru explained for Veridica the starting point of the conflict, the role of the special services and of the Russian veterans, and the plan for the conservation of the defunct USSR in the former union republics.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
09 Mar 2022
Ukrainian diplomat: invading Ukraine "would lead to a disaster for Russia's statehood and economy”

Ukrainian diplomat: invading Ukraine "would lead to a disaster for Russia's statehood and economy”

Ukrainians expect anything from Russia and know that if it attacks them again, they will have to defend themselves, not wait for help from elsewhere, according to the a.i. charge d’affaires of Ukraine in Bucharest, Păun Rohovei. In an interview granted to Veridica and Breaking Fake News, the diplomat warned that a new invasion would be extremely costly for Moscow.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
12 Feb 2022
Will Romania go to war for Ukraine? What does a Romanian general say about the disinformation targeting the army

Will Romania go to war for Ukraine? What does a Romanian general say about the disinformation targeting the army

The crisis in Ukraine is also marked by an increased output of false narratives meant to discredit NATO and undermine confidence in it. Romania has also been the target of such narratives – claiming that it’s preparing for war, mobilizing its reservists, has a weak army, equipped with outdated equipment, etc. Veridica talked to the head of the Information and Public Relations Department of the Ministry of National Defense, Brigadier General Constantin Spînu, about the efforts made by the army to fight back the disinformation that targets it.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
04 Feb 2022
John Lloyd: „Russia had never quite given up the ambition to command again”

John Lloyd: „Russia had never quite given up the ambition to command again”

Russia is trying to regain influence in its former Eastern European empire through fake news and influence peddling, according to Financial Times journalist, John Lloyd. The former Moscow correspondent talked to Veridica about the way Moscow is using propaganda in pursuit of its foreign policy objectives.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
20 Sep 2021
Dumitru Alaiba: “Transnistria is not an "issue", it’s a corruption scheme in place for more than 30 years now.”

Dumitru Alaiba: “Transnistria is not an "issue", it’s a corruption scheme in place for more than 30 years now.”

Dumitru Alaiba is one of the most vocal and visible deputies of the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), which became the ruling party in Chisinau. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of Moldova's independence, Veridica spoke with Dumitru Alaiba about Russia's declining influence in Chisinau, the interests that link some Moldovan politicians to Transnistria, but also about corruption and the politics of the past 30 years.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
25 Aug 2021
Garry Kasparov: I am fighting a Russian dictator

Garry Kasparov: I am fighting a Russian dictator

The chess great spoke with Veridica about his fight for democracy and human rights, the new type of totalitarianism in Russia and what the West should do to stop Putin. Garry Kasparov told us that he is not worried that the regime is trying to eliminate him from textbooks because, in the long run, it is not the dictators who write history. He also said that there is no point in fearing that he will be assassinated because “If someone like Putin decides that you are next on the list, it doesn’t matter if you have protection or not. You go.”

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
13 Jun 2021
Chris Farrands: Brexit simply is not ‘done’ at all (Part Two)

Chris Farrands: Brexit simply is not ‘done’ at all (Part Two)

Chris Farrands was my director of studies in the PhD programme at Nottingham Trent University, between 2006 and 2011. Our relationship meant many meetings in Nottingham, Izmir, Edinburgh or Bucharest. Chris is not only ”a great teacher”, but also a great friend. That is, until our conversations go into international politics, especially British and European Union politics. He knows so many details, deriving from such a vast personal experience (see the short bio at the end) that he overwhelms the audience. The interview with Chris, published by Veridica in two episodes, demonstrates all these aspects and it is, in my opinion, the richest and densest media text on Brexit published în Romania and, perhaps, beyond. The first part dealt with the economic consequences of Brexit for Britain and the second part explores the more delicate topic concerning Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in the context. (Dragoş C. Mateescu)

Dragoș Mateescu
Dragoș Mateescu
25 May 2021
Chris Farrands: Brexit simply is not ‘done’ at all

Chris Farrands: Brexit simply is not ‘done’ at all

Even though Britain has officially left the European Union, Brexit is a process that has not yet ended, according to British expert Chris Farrands. He explained to Veridica the impact and challenges of this ongoing process.

Dragoș Mateescu
Dragoș Mateescu
19 May 2021
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