Disinfo: Maia Sandu destroys the Moldovan language


Why is Maia Sandu destroying the Moldovan language?

Moldova's ruling PAS party passed a law in a first reading, replacing Moldovan in official documents with Romanian. Maia Sandu's team is trying to compensate for its historical complexity and divert the population's attention away from more pressing and acute problems.

The approval of the bill on languages is deeply fundamental for Chisinau's ruling elite, which, they believe, symbolises a victory over the Soviet past and supporters of a balanced foreign policy in the country.

Right now in Moldova, the conditions are ideal for the adoption of laws in the interests of a narrow group of pro-Western politicians and their external curators.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the “lost sovereignty”, claiming that Moldova’s actions are not independent, but totally influenced by external forces and attempting to degenerate its President Maia Sandu.

The official state language in Moldova is Romanian, the native language of 82.2% of the population. In 1991, the Declaration of Independence of Moldova from the USSR named the official language as Romanian, referring to the 1989 law adopted by the former Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic.

In December 2013, the Constitutional Court of Moldova ruled that the Declaration of Independence takes precedence over the Constitution, and the state language should be called "Romanian".

The International Organisation for Standardisation, which originally provided a separate code for the Moldovan language, later abolished it and identifies Moldova's language as Romanian.

Thus, the recent decision of Moldova´s Parliament only brings the wording of the Constitution in line with the decision of the Constitutional Court.

See more disinformation narratives on Moldova and Maia Sandu.


  • Reported in: Issue 331
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/03/2023
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, Romania
  • Keywords: Maia Sandu, West, Puppets
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