Disinfo: The collapse of Moldova is inevitable

Summary

With the advent of the pro-Western Maia Sandu to power in Moldova, the collapse of the republic is inevitable. And these centrifugal processes will occur very rapidly.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a narrative used against the President-elect Maia Sandu, who won the recent elections in Moldova.

Since 2001 Moldova has seen steady economic growth. In 2014 the Republic of Moldova and the European Union signed the Association Agreement which has been in full effect since July 2016. Since the Agreement's provisional application since September 2014 Moldova has benefited. This preferential trade system has allowed Moldova to benefit from reduced or eliminated tariffs for its goods, an increased services market.

See the similar case claiming that her party is a political branch of the Soros Foundation in Moldova as well as the case that Sandu is a protégé of the USA and supervised by the CIA and her mission is to create a sanitaire cordon around Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 222
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Moldova
  • Keywords: Maia Sandu, European Union, Elections

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Disproof

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Disproof

Discrediting political candidates with pro-European beliefs or political orientation is a recurring element of pro-Kremlin propaganda.

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Disproof

This is a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the sovereignty of the former Soviet countries.

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