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PHOTOREPORT – The May 9 parade in Chișinău: between Soviet nostalgia and the blurred memory of the USSR’s glory days

PHOTOREPORT – The May 9 parade in Chișinău: between Soviet nostalgia and the blurred memory of the USSR’s glory days

May 9 was a much anticipated event in Chișinău: a recent law forbids the public display of symbols associated with the Russian army and the invasion of Ukraine – the ribbon of Saint George and the letters Z and V. Previously, pro-Russians had announced they would ignore the law. Fears were running high that public unrest might break out. That wasn’t the case, and the demonstration actually resembled a display of communist nostalgia rather than an act of solidarity with Russia.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
09 May 2022
FAKE NEWS: NATO is providing weapons to Ukraine via the Republic of Moldova, which represents a breach of the country’s neutrality status

FAKE NEWS: NATO is providing weapons to Ukraine via the Republic of Moldova, which represents a breach of the country’s neutrality status

The Republic of Moldova has violated its neutrality status since it allows NATO to deliver weapons to Ukraine, currently at war with Russia, which invaded this country on February 24. This false narrative is promoted by politnavigator.net, which references a commentary of a Russian expert.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
28 Feb 2022
FAKE NEWS: Chișinău is fueling the conflict in Transnistria so that the West should maintain an interest in Moldova

FAKE NEWS: Chișinău is fueling the conflict in Transnistria so that the West should maintain an interest in Moldova

The Government in Chișinău wants to fuel the Transnistrian conflict in order to make the country more appealing to the West and thus obtain a larger financial support, according to a recent false narrative. In fact, the conflict in Transnistria is one of the major obstacles in the way of Moldova’s future European integration.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
31 Jan 2022
FAKE NEWS: Moldova’s raprochement with the EU will lead to the recognition of gay marriages

FAKE NEWS: Moldova’s raprochement with the EU will lead to the recognition of gay marriages

The new Government in Chisinau is a puppet of the West, which will impose both the legalization of homosexual marriages, and the union with Romania, according to a comment published by the Russian portal politnavigator.net, taken over in the Republic of Moldova. The portal actually resumes false narratives about the danger of the Republic of Moldova’s rapprochement with the EU, but also of its disappearance as a state, due to the alleged influence of the pro-Western forces.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
09 Aug 2021
FAKE NEWS: PAS cedes the republican stadium to the Americans following the decision of the Constitutional Court, whose judges are Romanian citizens

FAKE NEWS: PAS cedes the republican stadium to the Americans following the decision of the Constitutional Court, whose judges are Romanian citizens

After the elections were won by PAS/Maia Sandu, the republican stadium in Chisinau is now ceded to the Americans, by a decision of the Constitutional Court, whose judges are Romanian citizens, and Romania gives away everything the US asks for, the Kremlin's main propaganda channel, Radio Sputnik, claims in a comment. The narratives aim to create the false image that the new government in Chisinau is controlled by the United States, and the diplomatic mission in Chisinau will spy on Russia from the new headquarters.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
06 Aug 2021
How the new power in Chisinau will manage the relation with Moscow. Threats from the Kremlin

How the new power in Chisinau will manage the relation with Moscow. Threats from the Kremlin

After winning the presidential elections, Maia Sandu has stabilized and secured the relations with the country’s closest neighbors - Romania and Ukraine. The legitimate question arises whether she has also managed to stabilize the complicated relationship between the Republic of Moldova and Russia, especially in the new context created by the recent parliamentary elections, won by the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), which she has founded.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
19 Jul 2021
Kremlin's game: the pressure points that Moscow will use during Moldova's elections campaign

Kremlin's game: the pressure points that Moscow will use during Moldova's elections campaign

Russian claims that EU and the USA are allegedly interfering in the parliamentary election in Chișinău, scheduled for July 11. On May 13, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, said “it is regrettable to see the growing interference of the United States and EU countries in the domestic politics of the Republic of Moldova, something which we firmly condemn”.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
17 May 2021
The Die Has Been Cast: Moldova’s Elections at a GLANCE

The Die Has Been Cast: Moldova’s Elections at a GLANCE

Making predictions before elections in the Republic of Moldova means hazarding a guess. Such an action requires not only knowledge and intuition, but also a lot of luck and a special flair for anticipating last-minute backstage arrangements. However, the campaign for the snap parliamentary elections due on July 11 has kicked off, and based on current data and trends, we will analyze who the actors are and what chances they stand at the moment. A dirty election campaign is announced from the left wing, which seems ready to bring into play resources that are incomparable to those available to the right.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
10 May 2021
The Soviet-style power vertical, still very much alive in Moldova. The Igor Dodon case

The Soviet-style power vertical, still very much alive in Moldova. The Igor Dodon case

The surrender or transfer of power have always been the center of attention in Chisinau, which proves that democracy, even after 30 years of independence from the Soviet Union, is still fragile.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
19 Apr 2021
From "flower bridges" to pragmatism. Romanian soft power in Moldova.

From "flower bridges" to pragmatism. Romanian soft power in Moldova.

In recent years, Romania has funded numerous projects that have had a direct impact on the population. In parallel, a certain type of patriotic discourse, irritating for a significant part of the population of the Republic of Moldova, has been tempered as well. The result of this policy carried out with soft-power tools is that while the declared unionist parties in Chisinau are free falling in the electorate’s preferences, paradoxically the number of unionists is on the rise.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
29 Mar 2021
Dodon's decline and a few scenarios before Moldova's political storm

Dodon's decline and a few scenarios before Moldova's political storm

The political stage in Chișinău is once again in crisis. The incompatibility between the pro-European president Maia Sandu and her governing opponents, from the camp of the corrupt pro-Russia “establishment” in Chișinău, has led to new confrontations and situations hard to anticipate.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
02 Mar 2021
DISINFORMATION: The Republic of Moldova will descend into financial collapse

DISINFORMATION: The Republic of Moldova will descend into financial collapse

The media in the Republic of Moldova and Russia have published an apocalyptic economic growth forecast made public by Mariana Durleșteanu, a former economy Minister nominated for the office of Prime Minister by the Party of Socialists in the Republic of Moldova (PSRM). Durleșteanu presents no data to support her claims, which have been disputed so far by economic analysts and the estimates of both the Government and international organizations.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
22 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu and Zelensky have agreed to attack Transnistria

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu and Zelensky have agreed to attack Transnistria

According to a Telegram post of a Russian TV station, the president of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, is considering a military attack on the separatist region of Trasnistria and has tried to rally Kiev’s support. The story has prompted a true media frenzy in Chișinău and Moscow, having been redistributed by a large number of media outlets. Chișinău authorities have dismissed this scenario, which they say carries little weight.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
15 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu wants to abolish free media

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu wants to abolish free media

The President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, only mimics her attachement to democratic and European values and if she could, she would establish an authoritarian regime in which freedom of expression would be limited. This fake narrative, originating from the Socialist circles, was also used during the elections campaign. 

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
05 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is a ‘virus’ by means of which the West wants to destroy Moldovan statehood

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is a ‘virus’ by means of which the West wants to destroy Moldovan statehood

Maia Sandu is an agent of foreign entities who behaves like a virus created to destroy the Moldovan state and unite with Romania the territories beyond the Prut. The idea that the leader in Chisinau would be responsible for the political crisis that the Socialists actually created is also promoted.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
18 Jan 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is trying to subjugate Moldova’s power structures in order to crush her opponents

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is trying to subjugate Moldova’s power structures in order to crush her opponents

The newly elected president of the Republic of Moldova wants to control intelligence agencies and prosecutor’s offices to attack her opponents, just like millionaire Vlad Plahotniuc. The narrative is publicized by people close to PSRM, a party which holds de facto control over the institutions in question, although it has formally lost power.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
15 Jan 2021
Maia Sandu in Kiev: turning a potential crisis into an opportunity

Maia Sandu in Kiev: turning a potential crisis into an opportunity

They say that big fences make good neighbors, but this doesn’t apply that well in politics. That’s the principle that guided Maia Sandu, who paid her first visit to Kiev as president.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
13 Jan 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu and the RAND Corporation plan to destabilize Transnistria

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu and the RAND Corporation plan to destabilize Transnistria

The president of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, is the target of attacks launched by the Kremlin regarding the escalation of the conflict in Transnistria. After she reiterated Chisinau’s stand on the withdrawal of the Russian troops illegally stationed in the Republic of Moldova since the Dniester War of 1992, high-ranking officials in Moscow have accused her of destabilizing the situation in the region. The article also resumes the narrative according to which Maia Sandu was brought to power by the West.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
08 Jan 2021
The feud between Chisinau and Moscow. What lies behind the quarrel between Maia Sandu and Vladimir Putin

The feud between Chisinau and Moscow. What lies behind the quarrel between Maia Sandu and Vladimir Putin

Russia uses an aggressive rhetoric to disguise its lack of ideas and even real interest in Moldova. Transnistria – a pawn for future exchanges, tightly controlled by the Sheriff

Armand Goșu
Armand Goșu
08 Jan 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is an anti-unionist who behaves just like Dodon

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is an anti-unionist who behaves just like Dodon

Socialist-affiliated media outlets accused Maia Sandu of keeping unionists away from Klaus Iohannis, behind a fence she had promised to tear down.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
04 Jan 2021
Stakes and obstacles for Romania during Maia Sandu’s mandate

Stakes and obstacles for Romania during Maia Sandu’s mandate

Romania must commit to supporting reforms in Moldova through a new "Snagov pact"

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
21 Dec 2020