Disinfo: De jure, Moldova is still part of USSR

Summary

De jure, Moldova is still part of the USSR, since its collapse in Belovezhskaya Pushcha by a group of conspirators is illegal. This gives Moldovan citizens full right to consider themselves part of a great multinational country, which they still have to build together.

Disproof

The statement is made in the context of the events commemorating June 28, 1940, when Soviet troops entered the territory of the current Republic of Moldova, at that time part of Romania

Recurring disinformation narrative claiming that former Soviet republics, including the Republic of Moldova, are closer to Russia than to the EU, by virtue of their common past. This narrative is often spread in the association with the narratives about WWII.

In fact, the dissolution of USSR was a process which began in the second part of the 1980s. December 26, 1991, is considered the date on which the existence of the USSR officially ceased. On this day, the Council of Republics of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR adopted a declaration on the termination of the USSR in connection with the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Two weeks earlier, on December 8, 1991, in Belarus, in the government sanatorium "Viskuli" situated in the Belovejskaya Pushcha forest, leaders of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement on the creation of the Community of Independent States (CIS) and the liquidation of the USSR.

These documents were signed and adopted after all the 15 former Soviet republics declared their independence. Russia adopted its Declaration of independence on June 12, 1990. The Republic of Moldova became an independent state on August 27, 1990.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Moldova, Russia
  • Keywords: USSR, Historical revisionism, WWII
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