Disinfo: If Moldova tries to stay close to Russia, there will be a colour revolution as in Belarus

Summary

Like Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus, Moldova’s Igor Dodon practices a multi-vector policy, following the course of European integration while cooperating with the Economic Eurasian Union. Unfortunately, this neutrality can’t bring the desired positive effect as the situation in Belarus shows, where its Western “partners” are trying to carry out a coup. Moldova will have the same fate if Dodon doesn’t reconsider his foreign policy approach. The Moldovan opposition doesn’t hide that they aim to repeat the Belarusian scenario in their country, and are already accusing the government of electoral fraud.

Disproof

This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, portraying popular protests in Belarus and other countries as Western-backed colour revolutions and framing any possible popular discontent in Moldova as a destabilisation effort orchestrated from abroad.

No evidence is provided to support these allegations. See further debunking by Moldovan fact-checkers of the claims that the EU and US were trying to interfere in the Moldovan election.

See other examples of disinformation on Moldova’s election, such as claims that Western curators are preparing instructions for a colour revolution; that Moldova is anticipating a Maidan; that foreign financial aid to candidate Maia Sandu could go up to 18 million US dollars; and that the goal of all this is to pressure Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Moldova, Belarus
  • Keywords: Igor Dodon, Alexander Lukashenko, Colour revolutions

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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