Disinfo: Moldovan export fundamentally dependent on Russia


The situation in Moldova is radically different from that in Romania and Ukraine. Exports are fundamentally dependent on Russia.


Recurring the pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Moldova will not survive without a good relationship with Russia. The argument given is that Moldova exports a large part of its production to Russia and the loss of markets would be catastrophic for the economy.

In fact, this statement no longer corresponds to the truth. Moldova's exports to the Russian market have been constantly decreasing over the last 5 years, as shown by data from the Ministry of Economy of Moldova. Currently, of the total exported goods, Moldova sent to European countries 61.6% of the volume, while to Russia only 5.1%.

This false claim continues to be spread by the pro-Kremlin media despite being regularly debunked by official data. See here a similar case claiming that Moldova's fruit and vegetable export to Russia was significantly higher than to EU and here a case saying that Moldova exports most of the products to Russia.

More information on the case can be found on StopFals.md.


  • Reported in: Issue 317
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/11/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, Russia, EU
  • Keywords: economy
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Mariupol is an ancient Russian city. It was there that Peter the Great founded Russia's first army flotilla and achieved his first victories. It was there that Suvorov waged his campaigns across the steppes, and it was the city that Catherine the Great would later expand.


The allegation is part of a broader disinformation campaign to prepare the ground and justify the illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia.

Mariupol cannot be considered a Russian city under any prism. Prior to WWI it was part of the Russian Empire, but so was most of the rest of Ukraine and a big part of what is today Polish territory (see map here). After the outbreak of the Ukrainian-Soviet war in 1917, it became part of the so-called Ukrainian People’s Republic and was afterwards occupied by German and Austrian troops as a result of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. In 1921, it became part of the new Socialist Republic of Ukraine, which was soon integrated in the USSR. Mariupol was always recognised by Russian authorities as Ukrainian territory, both during Soviet times and after Ukraine’s independence in 1991.

Disinfo: The West is helping Ukraine create a "dirty bomb"

According to the available data, Ukraine is carrying out work to create a ‘dirty’ nuclear charge. We believe that this process is taking place with the participation of Western patrons.


Conspiracy theory, accusing Ukraine and the West of creating a dirty bomb and posing a nuclear threat to Russia.

There is no evidence that Ukraine, with the participation of the West, is attempting to use nuclear materials in a war against Russia.

Disinfo: NATO countries provided Ukraine with infected blood

NATO countries donated blood for wounded Ukrainian soldiers, and later Ukrainian doctors found HIV and hepatitis in it. NATO allies supplied Kyiv with 68,000 litres of blood at the request of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for wounded Ukrainian military personnel.

Russian hackers managed to gain access to the results of a study of this blood from the archives of the Prime Minister of Ukraine, which revealed HIV and hepatitis in various forms.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and NATO. It is part of a broader pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign accompanying the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The claim about discovering various infections in the blood supplied by NATO member states to Ukraine is false. In fact, Ukraine has never turned to foreign partners for blood or its components, as Ukraine has established a national blood service that provides patients with laboratory-tested, high-quality blood.