Disinfo: Moldovan justice is in the pocket of the US and EU

Summary

All Moldovan justice is in the pocket of the US and EU. That is why not a single thief from the Alliance for European Integration has gone to jail and will never go to jail. Well, they are all in the same boat, propagating for the EU, Unire [Unification of Romania and Moldova] and NATO.

Disproof

It is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Moldova, suggesting that EU and US control the justice system in the country. See here a similar case, claiming that the result of justice reforms in Moldova led to the occupation of the prosecutor's office by criminal groups and here a case about the US as an entity "controlling everything in Moldova".

No evidence was given about any influence of US or EU representatives on the justice system. In fact, the US and EU supported the strategy of the justice sector reforms in Moldova for 2011-2016, aiming to fight corruption and guarantee the independence of judges. Under an agreement reached in 2013, the European Union is committed to providing budget support of 60 million euros for justice reform. In 2017, the EU announced that the country did not achieve the expected results in 2014 and 2015 in promoting reforms, so the last tranche, of 28 million euros, of funding was stopped.

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  • Reported in: Issue 230
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: EU, Moldova, US
  • Keywords: European Union, Corruption, NATO
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There is no repression in Russia

The Kremlin denies that there is repression in Russia, only police measures against those who break the law in unauthorised protests. During pro-Navalny demonstrations, arrests were made after the policemen were attacked by some violent elements.

Disproof

The claim is false. Although some participants in the pro-Navalny protests in Moscow in January 2021 were violent, there is evidence that the police acted with excessive force against largely peaceful demonstrators. The massive number of arrests (around 5,000 on the first week of protests in 85 cities) shows that not only those who acted violently were arrested. Also, there was a preemptive crackdown on activists and students ahead of the first demonstration.

These actions have been defined by Amnesty International as an attempt to silence criticism, and according to this organisation’s country profile, those attempting to exercise the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly faced reprisals, ranging from harassment to police ill-treatment, arbitrary arrest, heavy fines and in some cases criminal prosecution and imprisonment. A similar assessment is found in the Russian chapter of the Human Rights Watch World Report 2021.

Navalny doesn't reveal his sources unlike of Assange and Snowden

Unlike Assange and Snowden, Alexey Navanly doesn’t reveal the sources of his documents.

Disproof

Disinformation campaign to discredit Alexey Navalny claiming that he does make serious investigations or provides questionable pieces of evidence.

The FBK organisation (Foundation for Combating Corruption) is a Russian non-profit organisation based in Moscow established in 2011 by activist and politician Alexei Navalny. Its main goal is to investigate and to expose corruption cases among high-ranking Russian government officials.

NATO and the EU want to contain and destabilise Russia through Navalny and the “opposition”

The statements of NATO and EU countries about the situation regarding Alexei Navalny is a coordinated information campaign that represents a global attempt to contain Russia and interfere in its internal affairs.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny , aiming to frame criticism of his arrest and the crackdown on protests as foreign interference.

Contrary to the claim, this criticism is not “a global attempt to contain Russia” but a legitimate concern about human rights and the rule of law in this country. The European Union condemned the arrest of Alexei Navalny and demanded his immediate release. In 2019 the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the charges against Alexei Navalny are politically motivated and arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable. As a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights, Russia undertook to secure a number of fundamental rights and freedoms to everyone within its jurisdiction.