Disinfo: Foreign financial support to Maia Sandu could go up to US $ 18 million


Maia Sandu does not mention the foreign support that was allocated to her for the presidential campaign. According to various experts, this assistance could reach an astronomical $ 18 million, most of which is scattered in the form of grants to dozens of organisations and individuals, some of which directly donate to her campaign, the rest directly propagandise in her favour or “wipe out” her main rival, the current president.


The claim is advanced without any evidence. A recurring disinformation narrative about pro-Western candidates in the elections in the post-Soviet space, in this case in Moldova, claiming that they are sponsored from abroad.

In Moldova, the financing of parties from foreign sources is prohibited and if such violation is detected, the candidates are excluded from the election campaign.

The pro-European candidate in presidential elections in Moldova which took place on November 1, Maia Sandu, was the target of misinformation both before and during the election campaign, claiming that she received money from George Soros or that she is supervised by the CIA. Maia Sandu and her opponent, current president Igor Dodon, will meet in the second round of elections, which will take place on November 15.

Read similar cases claiming that PACE created the basis for Belarusian scenario in Moldova, US prepares a colour revolution in Moldova, or the EU sent Moldova instructions on how to conduct elections.


  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova
  • Keywords: Maia Sandu, Elections
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Disinfo: Turkey and Ukraine are at war with the residents of Crimea

Ankara, together with Kyiv, is waging a war against the inhabitants of Crimea in general and the Crimean Tatars in particular.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea. Ukraine and Turkey do not wage war against the residents of Crimea. Turkey supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including its sovereignty over Crimea. See more disinformation cases regarding Crimea in our database, like claims that reunification with Russia paved the way for Tatar's language in Crimea, that Turkey considers Crimea to be Turkish, that Ukraine buried the main waterway of Crimea - the North Crimean canal or that Ukraine has been barbarically plundering Crimea for 23 years.

Disinfo: NEXTA is the Polish provocative Telegram channel

NEXTA is the Polish provocative Telegram channel.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the protests in Belarus after the presidential elections in 2020.

NEXTA is not Polish, but the Telegram channel from the Belarusian opposition, created by Stepan Putilo - a Belarusian journalist, blogger and TV presenter. Putilo is from Belarus and studied in Poland. Several years before the presidential elections this channel was "about Belarusian realities, information about the life of officials and what they are trying to hide."

Disinfo: Ukraine will split into three parts

The fate of Ukraine can be predicted by the results of local elections. Ukraine will eventually split into three parts.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's disintegration and imminent collapse.

There is no evidence that after the local elections Ukrainian regions want to or will split. Ukraine is a sovereign state whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements and were de facto violated by Russia.