Disinfo: Moldovans protested against the government’s ban on Russian media


After the ban in Moldova on news from Russia, 40,000 protesters took to the streets.

Against the backdrop of unprecedented inflation and rising prices for fuel and energy, the ban was the last straw that overwhelmed the patience of the Moldovans.


The article is a deliberate distortion and manipulation of the facts concerning the protest that occured in Moldova.

On June 19, a rally was indeed held in the capital of Moldova, but it was not aimed at protesting the ban on Russian media. The rally participants protested against rising prices and difficult economic conditions in the country, as well as the government’s position regarding Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. Read the full debunk at Myth Detector (in Russian).

On June 19, Moldovan president Maia Sandu promulgated the Informational Security Law, which will ban the broadcast in Moldova of Russian TV news and political analysis, and which is designed to counter Russian propaganda.


  • Reported in: Issue 298
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/06/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian, Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, Russia
  • Keywords: Media, Anti-Russian, Protest
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Disinfo: Poland plans to use Belarusian Nazi units to attack Belarusian towns

Belarusian Nazi units, Chechen terrorists, and Ukrainian Nazis have terrorist scenarios in common. The planning of various operations in Belarus – from anti-government rallies to terrorist acts – is made in Warsaw. Poland's goal is to take the power in Belarus by force or at least to start a civil war there, thanks to the Belarusian Nazi bands, consisting of the Belarusian opposition activists, which are currently fighting for Kyiv in Ukraine. They might attack Belarusian towns located close to Belarus-Ukraine border and consequently use civilians as a human shield, just as the Azov regiment did in Mariupol. In this scenario Ukrainian artillery can also shell Belarusian counter-terrorist units.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about ‘Nazi Ukraine’ , 'colour revolution' attempt in Belarus, and Polish aggressive imperial ambitions.

The article does not address the fact that Russia has started an unjustified and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine and its people. Instead, it promotes a false 'human shield' claim regarding the Ukrainian military and a conspiracy theory about aggressive Polish plans in Belarus. See similar claims here.

Disinfo: US demanded that Spain send heavy weapons to Ukraine in exchange for hosting NATO summit

The US pressed Spain to send heavy weapons to Kyiv as one of the previous conditions for the NATO Summit to take place in Madrid. The US said that if Spain didn’t supply these weapons, the summit would take place elsewhere.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation about NATO.

Spain’s government announced that Madrid would be hosting the NATO Summit of 29 and 30 May 2022 already in November 2021, many months before the start of Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine. This story appeared in Sputnik one day after the Spanish newspaper El País had reported that Spain was ready to send battle tanks and anti-aircraft missiles (see here the original El País article in Spanish).

Disinfo: Russophobia has become completely obligatory for all Polish politicians

The level of Russophobia in Poland is very high - if someone is not a Russophobe, he cannot be a politician in this country. Today, no political force in Poland can afford to manifest any rational attitude to the Polish-Russian bilateral relations. Russophobia has become not only mainstream, but completely obligatory for the Polish politicians.


This message is a part of the Kremlin’s narrative about Russophobic and anti-Russian Poland. The pro-Kremlin outlets regularly accuse the Polish authorities of Russophobia and inspiration of the anti-Russian sentiments in order to reach particular domestic goals.

There are particular far-right and populistic Polish politicians who make regular pro-Russian statements.