Disinfo: European Union does not attract its Eastern neighbours any more, Moldova dreams of returning to the Russian market


Moldova signed the association agreement with the European Union, but now it dreams of returning to the Russian market.


No evidence given. According to a poll by the International Republican Institute, in October 2017 49 % of Moldovans preferred to join the European Union, 38 % the Customs Union/Eurasian Union (answering a question "If Moldova could only join one international economic union, which one should it be?).

The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) is compatible with all other free trade agreements that Moldova is part of, and does not limit Moldova's ability to export its products to other countries. Moldova also retains full sovereignty over its trade policy since it is not a member of any customs union. eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en/4011/EU-Moldova%20relations,%20Factsheet,

The EU is Moldova’s first trading partner and biggest investor in the country. In 2016, it accounted for 66% of Moldova’s overall exports and 55% of total trade. In 2016, EU imports from Moldova grew by 7.7% compared to 2015. This is an increase of 13.5% since 2014, the year when the Association Agreement along with its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) entered into force. eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/eap_summit_factsheet_moldova_eng.pdf,

Further debunking by API.


  • Reported in: Issue 93
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/01/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, Russia
  • Keywords: European Union, Economic difficulties, AA/DCFTA
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Disinfo: The only threat to Sweden is an increased threat of extremism

According to Anders Thornberg, the head of Sweden’s security service, the only threat to Sweden is that the country is facing an increased threat of extremism.


Anders Thorberg, the head of Sweden's security service (Säpo), was recently interviewed by BBC, but the headline of the interview referred to is in fact "Swedish security chief warning on fake news". He specifically mentioned that "It's very important for us to follow this and we are not shy in Sweden - we say that the biggest threat to our security in that perspective is Russia," which is left out in the Georgian article. He also mentions radicalisation and right-wing extremism as rising threats. Further debunking at Myth Detector.

Disinfo: The white slaves - migrants rape British girls for years, police fears accusations of racism

Migrants rape British underage girls for years. Police knows what is happening but doesn’t do anything due to fears of being accused of racism.


The article does not provide evidence to the claims and is based on anonymous sources. The effect of the misleading message is strengthened with an image from a rape and revenge -film. It links to an article in the Independent that in fact reports that "Police believe they have exposed a new grooming gang in London as officers warn widespread abuse is taking place across the country. Four girls between the age of 13 and 15 have reported being raped by a group based around a McDonald’s in Stratford, triggering a crackdown that has so far identified at least 30 potential victims." There is no evidence that the police would be reluctant to take actions against the grooming gangs for fears of being accused of racism. According to reports, victims of the grooming gangs come from different ethnic backgrounds. www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/10/abuse-asian-girls-missed-white-victims, The issue has been widely discussed in the UK after a scandal of large-scale sex abuse of children came to light in Rotherham in 2012. www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28934963,

Disinfo: There is a civil war in Ukraine

That is, around this war, there is a lot of hypocrisy in Donbas. But as for the Civil War, it always happens in this way. And this is a Civil War.

If there are many Russians [Russian soldiers in Ukraine], where are they? They should be in captivity at least proportionally somehow. Right? At least, proportionally. How many of them are there? Do you want to name the figure for 3 years of the war? 14 (I mean citizens). Fourteen.

Well, there was the Spanish Civil War earlier and you could also ask: what a Civil War was there? It was an occupation because Franko’s Army was actually supplied with and its main combat forces were squadrons, primarily of Germanic and German pilots. The government, the legitimate government, it concluded an agreement with the Soviet Union, accordingly, our pilots were there. [Comrade] Stern was famous. Then, our tankmen. The ‘guy from our city’. But it was a Civil War. Yes, the war stimulated by other states that ignited and looked for their gains, but it was a Civil War.


The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.