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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.

BORDERLINE DISORDER

For a month now, the tragedy of 32 Afghan citizens, who have been stuck in no man's land on the Polish-Belarusian border due to the political game between Aleksandr Lukashenko and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has been unfolding. Similar things are happening on the borders in Latvia and Lithuania. The Polish government seems to be the worst coping with the situation. Why is that?

Germany, to a new era!
Ioana Dumitrescu
Ioana Dumitrescu  |  15 Sep 2021
Germany, to a new era!

On September 26, 2021, the Germans go to the polls. An extremely difficult choice after 16 years with Angela Merkel at the helm of the country. A choice on which not only the future of Germany, but also that of the EU depends. The imprint left by Mutti, as the Germans have nicknamed Angela Merkel, will not make the mission of the future chancellor easy. The nearly two decades have not been easy at all, but Germany's first woman chancellor has managed to stay in power and, most importantly, impose her views domestically and internationally.

Refugees: a double-bottomed crisis
Refugees: a double-bottomed crisis

The refugee crisis that erupted in the summer on Belarus’ border with its western neighbors has several components. We are looking at new tactics in Russia's hybrid actions with the cynical use of an ally and the desire to strike at the most consistent criticisms of Russia.

Yevhen Mahda
Yevhen Mahda
09 Sep 2021
The mistakes that led to losing Afghanistan*
The mistakes that led to losing Afghanistan*

The United States made three big mistakes in Afghanistan - two before 9/11, and the third after invading the country. One every decade since the 1980s.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
08 Sep 2021
Ukraine policy on Transnistria stirs things up for Chisinau
Ukraine policy on Transnistria stirs things up for Chisinau

Ukraine’s policy towards Transnistria also impacts the agenda of the Government in Chișinău, which would rather focus on domestic reforms. Kiev decided to ban the access of all vehicles registered in Transnistria from entering its territory starting September 1, although Chișinău authorities wanted to delay the measure.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
07 Sep 2021
How does Russian and Chinese capital undermine democracy in Serbia?
How does Russian and Chinese capital undermine democracy in Serbia?

Authoritarian states like Russia and China use the capital to increase their political clout. However, their investments and the loans they grant are not as advantageous as they are advertised, and one of their hidden costs is the undermining of democratic values and standards.

Vuk Velebit
Vuk Velebit
02 Sep 2021

FAKE NEWS: Fascist ideology sweeps through Moldova

“A monument devoted to fascists was inaugurated in the Republic of Moldova”, a number of media outlets in Russia have headlined, based on a piece of news published by “Steaua Roșie” news agency, actually referring to a cemetery in Fălești devoted to Romanian fallen soldiers. Arctus.livejournal.com uses the article to bring back in the limelight the narratives about the Romanian Army allegedly having exterminated the civilian population in the Republic of Moldova and about the existence of two different peoples – Romanians and Moldovans.

DISINFORMATION: Transnistria is part of the Russian World, which Putin is protecting against the West’s attacks
Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache  |  17 Sep 2021
DISINFORMATION: Transnistria is part of the Russian World, which Putin is protecting against the West’s attacks

Russians in Transnistria need to vote for Putin’s party in the elections for the State Duma, since he is the one who’s protecting the Russian World against the West. The narrative is promoted by the media in Tiraspol ahead of the September 17-19 election for the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

FAKE NEWS: The pro-European regime in Chișinău reintroduces the ban on Russian TV stations
FAKE NEWS: The pro-European regime in Chișinău reintroduces the ban on Russian TV stations

The pro-European regime in Chișinău plans on reintroducing the ban on Russian television stations, the Moldovan media writes, referring to a statement of Parliament Speaker, Igor Grosu. In fact, the Moldovan official referred to the protection and stimulation of the local audiovisual sector, including by passing a piece of legislation to give it a wider access to the media market, considering it is presently dominated by stations broadcasting TV programmes from other countries. The misinterpretation is part of a wider campaign aimed at demonizing the pro-European regime in Chișinău and to depict it as anti-Russian, ready to engage in a war pitting the West against Moscow.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
13 Sep 2021
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine is using Transnistria to draw Moldova into a conflict with Russia
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine is using Transnistria to draw Moldova into a conflict with Russia

The new government in Chisinau is blindly following the agenda dictated by Washington and Brussels and Ukraine is trying to draw the Republic of Moldova into a conflict against Russia, according to older narratives resumed by the PSRM leader Igor Dodon. In an interview on the Moldovan TV station ‘Primul’, Dodon also said that the authorities in Chisinau and Kiev agreed to economically block the Transnistrian region.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
10 Sep 2021
DISINFORMATION – Romania was liberated by the Red Army and the Tudor Vladimirescu Division, made up of Romanian anti-fascist volunteers
DISINFORMATION – Romania was liberated by the Red Army and the Tudor Vladimirescu Division, made up of Romanian anti-fascist volunteers

77 years since the Tudor Vladimirescu division entered Bucharest, the Russian Embassy in Romania has reiterated a number of older narratives about Romania’s liberation by the Red Army, the role played by the abovementioned division, made up of former Romanian prisoners of war, as well as about Romania’s cooperation with the USSR.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
09 Sep 2021
FAKE NEWS: The conflict in Donbass favors the West and Kiev
FAKE NEWS: The conflict in Donbass favors the West and Kiev

The seven-year anniversary of the signing of the Minsk protocol saw the revival of fake narratives that Ukraine doesn’t want peace in Donbass and that its policies, which are backed by the West, are motivated by Russophobia.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
07 Sep 2021
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