Disinfo: The Moldovan Maidan scenario entered its active implementation stage

Summary

The scenario of a Moldovan Maidan started its active implementation stage. The US planned to launch it in case of a victory of Igor Dodon, but plans have changed. According to the available information, the US through its puppets of the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) planned to provoke by any means the Socialist Party of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) into actions that would become a motive for protests. The latest statements by Maia Sandu about Transnistria, peace forces, the Russian language, etc., are exactly that. If this didn’t lead to the desired reaction, then other topics would be involved. Sooner or later, the PSRM would respond.

The US invested too much in this game through agents, NGOs, media, agreements with Ukraine and Romania, etc., and there is too much at stake for them to restrict their plans now, so they need to quickly worsen the situation in the region to bring it to the hot phase. Protests will radicalise, and aggressive guys from Romania and Ukraine have been spotted in Chisinau. A lot depends on the strength of the PSRM and the security forces. It is necessary to go on the initiative.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative against Moldova’s president-elect Maia Sandu and her Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS), aiming to discredit her victory in the 2020 election against pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon by framing her and her team as Western puppets, and merging it with recurrent disinformation messaging about colour revolutions as a way to frame political movements opposed to the Kremlin’s interests as illegitimate.

See other examples of these disinformation narratives, such as claims that Maia Sandu won thanks to election fraud; that she has advised Zelenskyy to start a military campaign against Donbas; that her mission is to help Biden to create a sanitary cordon around Russia; that she wants to arrange a second Karabakh in Transnistria, where Romania and Moldova have secret plans to expel Russian troops; or that after her victory, the collapse of Moldova is inevitable.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Moldova, US
  • Keywords: Maia Sandu, Igor Dodon, Colour revolutions

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