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

Summary

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.

Disproof

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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Moldova
  • Keywords: Maia Sandu, Elections

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