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DISINFORMATION: Censorship is introduced in the Republic of Moldova by banning the broadcasting of certain categories of programs from Russia

DISINFORMATION: Censorship is introduced in the Republic of Moldova by banning the broadcasting of certain categories of programs from Russia

By banning certain categories of programs from Russian television stations, censorship is introduced in the Republic of Moldova, an article published on Politnavigator.net. suggests. In fact, the purpose of the law is to limit fake news and disinformation.

Veridica
Veridica
27 Jun 2022
The Russian octopus and the control over the Republic of Moldova’s energy facilities

The Russian octopus and the control over the Republic of Moldova’s energy facilities

Russia owns the most important strategic gas and electricity supply facilities in the Republic of Moldova and uses them skillfully to put not only economic but also political pressure on Chisinau’s key decisions. The scheme devised by Moscow supports the separatist regime in Tiraspol and offers the Kremlin an instrument to pressure Chisinau for the debts accumulated by Transnistria.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
27 Jun 2022
The Republic of Moldova – between the need to modernize the army and Russia’s propaganda regarding its neutrality

The Republic of Moldova – between the need to modernize the army and Russia’s propaganda regarding its neutrality

The war in Ukraine has brought to the fore the poor state of the Moldovan army, which remains underequipped after being neglected by the authorities in the last three decades. Yet the commonplace view in Chișinău right now is that the army should at least fend off an aggression coming from Transnistria. Russia and its mouthpieces, on the other hand, continue to absurdly claim that Moldova modernizing its army would be tantamount to breaching its neutrality.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
20 Jun 2022
FAKE NEWS: The West is pushing the Republic of Moldova into a war with Transnistria and Russia

FAKE NEWS: The West is pushing the Republic of Moldova into a war with Transnistria and Russia

The West is preparing an attack on Transnistria to push the Republic of Moldova into an armed conflict against Russia, according to a false narrative published by ehomd.info. The narrative is part of a genuine campaign on this issue, behind which are both the pro-Kremlin press and left-wing politicians in Chisinau.

Veridica News
Veridica News
15 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
FAKE NEWS: FBI agents have arrived in Chișinău in order to push the Republic of Moldova into a military confrontation with Russia

FAKE NEWS: FBI agents have arrived in Chișinău in order to push the Republic of Moldova into a military confrontation with Russia

FBI agents and officers of German intelligence are plotting to involve the Republic of Moldova into a military operation against Russia, according to a controversial Russian journalist. His statement was shared by media outlets such as politnavigator and tsargrad, and have been dismissed by Chișinău authorities.

Veridica News
Veridica News
07 Jun 2022
The army of the Republic of Moldova is underprepared to repel a Russian attack. How did it come to this and what needs to be done?

The army of the Republic of Moldova is underprepared to repel a Russian attack. How did it come to this and what needs to be done?

The war in Ukraine has sparked a great of deal of concern in the Republic of Moldova, where the people have seen just how vulnerable the country is in case of a Russian attack. Neglected for years due to underfunding, incompetence or for the sake of “neutrality”, the army seems underprepared to efficiently defend the country. The West is trying to lend a helping hand and has promised to deliver military equipment.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
24 May 2022
DISINFORMATION: Moldova is renouncing its neutrality and is preparing to fight Russia

DISINFORMATION: Moldova is renouncing its neutrality and is preparing to fight Russia

The Government in Chișinău wants to renounce the neutrality status of the Republic of Moldova, while the West is providing this country with weapons to turn it into a living shield against Russia, the pro-Kremlin website politnavigator.net writes, reiterating narratives about Romania’s military presence in the Republic of Moldova and military support Moldova is allegedly providing to Ukraine.

Veridica News
Veridica News
09 May 2022
DISINFORMATION: Romanian troops, alongside Poland, Ukraine and Moldova, are preparing to invade Transnistria

DISINFORMATION: Romanian troops, alongside Poland, Ukraine and Moldova, are preparing to invade Transnistria

Romania, Poland, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova will jointly attack the separatist region of Transnistria, according to disinformation narratives carried by the Romania media. The disinformation was published in Romania in a version that contains a number of false information, which is a typical example of Russian propaganda.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
04 May 2022
Transnistria, Găgăuzia, Bălți. Challenges in the Republic of Moldova ahead of Victory Day.

Transnistria, Găgăuzia, Bălți. Challenges in the Republic of Moldova ahead of Victory Day.

As May 9 draws closer, the day when Russia and other ex-Soviet countries celebrate the victory against Nazi Germany, the number of incidents impacting Moldova’s weak spots increases. In Găgăuzia or Bălți, there are voices calling for breaching the law banning the symbols associated with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Several unclaimed “attacks” have taken place in Transnistria.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
03 May 2022
FAKE NEWS: The attacks in Transnistria were staged by the West to bring Moldova into NATO and capture Soviet-era ammunition

FAKE NEWS: The attacks in Transnistria were staged by the West to bring Moldova into NATO and capture Soviet-era ammunition

Western states and Ukraine have staged terrorist acts in Transnistria in order to push Moldova into NATO and capture the ammunition stored in the region from the days of the Soviet Union, the Russian media writes. These false narratives are used alongside an older metanarrative about the West’s responsibility for the war in Ukraine.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
30 Apr 2022
The attacks in Transnistria and the risk of a Russian intervention in the Republic of Moldova. Could Romania be dragged into the conflict?

The attacks in Transnistria and the risk of a Russian intervention in the Republic of Moldova. Could Romania be dragged into the conflict?

A Russian general recently referred to Transnistria as one of the objectives of the second phase of the war in Ukraine. Will Russia stop in Transnistria, or will it actually reach Chișinău, which is literally a stone’s throw away? And what should Romania do if that happens? 1940 is the year on everyone’s lips these days…

Veridica News
Veridica News
28 Apr 2022
Russian propaganda endorses a Russian military operation against the Republic of Moldova

Russian propaganda endorses a Russian military operation against the Republic of Moldova

The media and some political theorists in Russia have begun to openly urge Moscow authorities to sanction the Republic of Moldova for its recent “oversights”, such as banning the symbols “Z”, “V”, directly associated with the Russian operations in Ukraine, and in particular the ribbon of Saint George, considered a symbol of the Russian army.

Veridica News
Veridica News
18 Apr 2022
The Republic of Moldova – between Ukraine’s pressure and the dependency on Russian gas

The Republic of Moldova – between Ukraine’s pressure and the dependency on Russian gas

In recent weeks, the Republic of Moldova has seen increasing pressure from Ukraine. Kyiv is persistently calling on Chișinău to take measures in order to rally itself to the international sanctions imposed on Russia. Such a move would be however irrelevant in economic terms, and wouldn’t represent such a strong signal not even at political level. Instead, it could cause bigger troubles for the pro-European government,

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
06 Apr 2022
30 years since the war in Transnistria. A chronology of fighting and truce

30 years since the war in Transnistria. A chronology of fighting and truce

After the Republic of Moldova proclaimed its independence, on August 27, 1991, the relations between Chisinau and Tiraspol deteriorated considerably. There were clashes between the Moldovan and Transnistrian forces. And then, on March the 2nd, the war started

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
30 Mar 2022
Between anti-Ukrainian propaganda and showbiz: how Russia and its local allies try to maintain their media domination in the Republic of Moldova

Between anti-Ukrainian propaganda and showbiz: how Russia and its local allies try to maintain their media domination in the Republic of Moldova

The Republic of Moldova has always been one of the easiest targets for the Russian propangada, which keeps working even if, against the background of the war in Ukraine, the Chisinau government has taken measures to contain and combat it. The narratives promoted in Moldova by Russia or pro-Russia entities and politicians are mainly about the war and seek to either present the Russian version of the war, or to discredit Ukraine and its citizens.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
15 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
FAKE NEWS: The West has declared war on the Russian Federation, and Moldova risks having Ukraine's fate

FAKE NEWS: The West has declared war on the Russian Federation, and Moldova risks having Ukraine's fate

By supporting Ukraine, the West has actually declared war on the Russian Federation, and the Chisinau government has sided with the West, which might have serious consequences, Mejdurecie.md reads. The article is trying to justify a potential replication in the Republic of Moldova of the situation in Ukraine, if the first maintains its current stand towards Russia and the West respectively.

Veridica News
Veridica News
07 Mar 2022
30 years since the war in Transnistria. How the conflict started

30 years since the war in Transnistria. How the conflict started

The Transnistrian war officially broke out on March 2, 1992, at a time when there had been violence for several months. The war was the last - and bloodiest - stage of a conflict in the former USSR between reformist forces, which in the republics had taken the form of national emancipation movements, and conservative ones, which wanted to maintain a Soviet empire with its capital in Moscow. The newly formed Russian Federation intervened in the war to maintain a bridgehead in the former province / Union republic.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
02 Mar 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
The war in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova: all eyes on Transnistria

The war in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova: all eyes on Transnistria

A neighbor of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova is directly interested in the way the war in Ukraine is unfolding, for both military and humanitarian reasons.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
28 Feb 2022
Moscow is accelerating the process of granting Russian citizenship in the Transnistrian separatist region

Moscow is accelerating the process of granting Russian citizenship in the Transnistrian separatist region

The Kremlin wants to strengthen its de facto power in Moldova’s separatist region of Transnistria by speeding up the procedure for granting Russian citizenship to residents of the region who have not acquired it yet. And while at it, Moscow is completely ignoring Chisinau.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
23 Feb 2022
Chișinău is formally opposing the Transnistrian separatist regime, although it remains Tiraspol’s greatest supporter: the case of the Râbnița steelworks.

Chișinău is formally opposing the Transnistrian separatist regime, although it remains Tiraspol’s greatest supporter: the case of the Râbnița steelworks.

The government of the Republic of Moldova has repeatedly taken political and economic actions in order to ensure the survival of the separatist regime in Transnistria. Chișinău has become an advocate of this regime rather than a sovereign state that should encapsulate and reintegrate a rebel territory.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
31 Jan 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
How Russia’s potential invasion of Ukraine is seen from the Republic of Moldova’s point of view

How Russia’s potential invasion of Ukraine is seen from the Republic of Moldova’s point of view

The crisis in Ukraine has generated a great deal of concern in the Republic of Moldova as well, considering that a possible conflict might also spread to its territory, in Transnistria.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
24 Jan 2022
Transnistria: Sheriff’s man holds on to power with Moscow’s blessing

Transnistria: Sheriff’s man holds on to power with Moscow’s blessing

Vadim Krasnoselsky remains at the helm of Transnistria after Sunday’s presidential “election”, which the international community did not recognize. Supported by the Sheriff corporation, Krasnoselsky received the blessing of Moscow, the one who truly controls the breakaway region.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
13 Dec 2021
The Republic of Moldova is still vulnerable to Russia

The Republic of Moldova is still vulnerable to Russia

The pro-European government in Chisinau has entered a complicated period. Judicial reform has already begun in force and has already generated an internal crisis due to the detention of the prosecutor general, a measure that has been described as too harsh by some analysts, recalling a real "judicial blietzkrieg". This is exactly the kind of situation that Russia usually exploits, and Moscow has a few levers at its disposal to ensure that Moldova goes in the direction it wants.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
11 Oct 2021
Chisinau’s diplomatic offensive and the sinuous road from image to success

Chisinau’s diplomatic offensive and the sinuous road from image to success

After Maia Sandu and PAS took over the reins of power, Chisinau started a genuine diplomatic offensive. There is openness towards the Republic of Moldova in the western chancelleries, as well as willingness to help, but that is no guarantee for success. A decade ago, the country was in a similar situation, but the failure of the governments that followed eventually led to years of isolation.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
04 Oct 2021
“Football paradiplomacy” or how Transnistria has come into the limelight in Europe thanks to sports

“Football paradiplomacy” or how Transnistria has come into the limelight in Europe thanks to sports

Sheriff Tiraspol, Moldova’s top football club, may be used by the regime in Transnistria to give some visibility to the separatist region and to try to gain a minimum of legitimacy on the international stage.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
13 Sep 2021
Transnistria: The Impossible Problem of the Republic of Moldova

Transnistria: The Impossible Problem of the Republic of Moldova

Transnistria is Moldova's impossible problem to solve, a problem all the more serious as this state is, right now, ideologically torn, simultaneously being pulled in opposite directions, by the West and Russia. The subject is even hotter if you consider that, on July 11, elections are taking place in the Republic of Moldova.

Horia Sârghi
Horia Sârghi
04 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
FAKE NEWS: US, Moldova and Romania are getting ready to attack Transnistria

FAKE NEWS: US, Moldova and Romania are getting ready to attack Transnistria

The US, Romania and the Republic of Moldova are preparing to attack Russia's main strategic sites in the Transnistrian separatist region, such as the former USSR arms depot in Cobasna, according to Kremlin’s propaganda arm, Sputnik. The narrative is being promoted while tensions are building up around Ukraine as Russia is concentrating troops in the area.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
15 Apr 2021