Disinfo: The US and EU countries will organise a Moldovan "Maidan" in order to remove the President

Summary

The US and the EU will organise the next “Maidan” in Moldova and “encourage the removal of the President”, as they did in Ukraine. President Igor Dodon’s Socialist Party is currently leading in the polls This does not fit into the West’s concept, which uses proven methods of colour revolutions to spur citizens on to division and conflict.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative that the West is the organiser behind any civil protests and colour revolutions, in this case aiming at undermining Moldova's and Ukraine's EU aspirations. American and European funds provide assistance to strengthen Moldova and Ukraine's democratic governance and economic growth. These help both countries implement lasting democratic and economic reforms that improve living standards for citizens. Recurring disinformation concerning the Maidan-events. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a reaction of Ukrainians to former President Yanukovych's last minute foreign policy change. After seven years of negotiations, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence.

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  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/02/2019
  • Outlet language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, European Union, Colour revolutions, Elections, Euromaidan
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