Disinfo: ”Moldovan maidan” did not happen because Soros’s person came to power

Summary

Those protest actions that were being prepared, the Moldovan Maidan, it did not happen, because George Soros did what he intended to – brought his person to power.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative claiming that Moldovan opposition was preparing mass protests that had to happen after the elections. This narrative goes hand in hand with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about George Soros as an organizer of "colour revolutions" around the globe.

A run-off vote in the Moldovan presidential elections took place on November 15. Maia Sandu, a pro-Western candidate, defeated current president Igor Dodon, the Moscow-backed candidate. The president-elect has always favoured closer ties with Europe, for which she became the target of the pro-Kremlin media who tend to label her as an "agent" of George Soros and of the West. The evidence used to support these claims is that some members of her team have received training and/ or scholarships from programmes funded by George Soros or worked at Soros Foundation Moldova.

Apart from that, before the first round of elections, Sergei Naryshkin, the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, said to RIA Novosti, that the United States would organise a colour revolution in Moldova if Igor Dodon win. Maia Sandu, commenting on this statement, said that she did not know what the USA was preparing, but if the elections are free and fair, people will have no reason to protest.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Moldova, Belarus
  • Keywords: Maia Sandu, Igor Dodon, Colour revolutions, Elections, George Soros

Disclaimer

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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