Fake News Week began as soon as the first round of the presidential election ended in Chisinau, describing a future so bleak that one would think the Apocalypse is coming. The country will be locked for months in a quarantine that will put the economy on hold, schools and hospitals will be closed and teachers and the sick people will be thrown into the street, land will be given to foreigners, prices will rise, the LGBT agenda will become law, ethnic Russians will lose their rights, ties with Transnistria will be cut. Obviously, all this will happen if the second round is won by Maia Sandu, a puppet of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat, backed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who will organize a Color Revolution and rehabilitate the fugitive oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc. The narrative did not stop at Maia Sandu: the socialist deputy Bogdan Tirdea wrote that Renato Usatii, who has a grip on the pro-Russian electorate targeted by Igor Dodon and announced that he supports Maia Sandu, went to the US embassy (to receive instructions, obviously). Tirdea also presented photos to prove his claims; however, it seems that the deputy does not know that “winter is not like summer”, so he did not notice that the characters of those November photos were dressed in summer clothes. Fake narratives also targeted a collective character: the Diaspora, more precisely the Western one, who voted massively for Maia Sandu. Igor Dodon also promoted a new term for these voters - “parallel electorate” - perhaps inspired by the tirades of Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the “parallel state” and by a Romanian adviser who told him about an old disinformation that targeted those who did not “eat soy salami”.
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1. Fake News Week, in Brief
Maia Sandu is responsible for closing schools and the (unpopular) administrative reform of 1999 and will continue these processes if she becomes president. The narrative of school closures is distorted and taken out of the general context of the declining number of schools in recent decades. Regarding the administrative reform, we are dealing with a lie, Maia Sandu was not even in the country at that time. moreover, the socialists themselves are the ones promoting such reform.
If she wins the presidential election, Maia Sandu will adopt the EU strategy and will completely close the country for two or three months, which means closing companies, schools and kindergartens. The press statement was made by Igor Dodon, who added that he will not allow such a thing and that the authorities are managing the situation.
After a questionable victory, possibly following a fraud in the first round of the presidential elections, Maia Sandu could also win the second round, with the help of the Americans, if she accepts the return of the fugitive oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc.
Maia Sandu and her party tried to deprive Moldovan citizens in the separatist region of Transnistria of their right to vote, generating political instability and perhaps even a civil war. In fact, the anti-Dodon opposition (including Maia Sandu) has tried to prevent election fraud by the so-called “bus vote”. The recent electoral interest of citizens on the left bank of the Dniester seems to be the result of an agreement between Igor Dodon and the separatist regime, the ultimate goal being the federalization of the Republic of Moldova.
The Mayor of Balti, Renato Usatii, visited the residence of the US ambassador to the Republic of Moldova and announced his support for Maia Sandu in the second round of the presidential election. The information was released by one of the most active promoters of fake narratives - many regarding alleged American conspiracies - in the Republic of Moldova, the socialist deputy Bogdan Tirdea. Tirdea’s “evidence” shows that this is a gross fake.
New passports will be delivered free of charge - and illegally - to Moldovans in the diaspora so that they can defraud the elections. The story, slightly incoherent and illogical, starts from a video recording posted online by a young man detailing an alleged super-offer from an international carrier to bring free new passports to Moldovans in the Western Diaspora, especially in the UK, and Ireland.
2. Disinformation of the Week
The diaspora forms a “parallel electorate” alienated from the Moldovan reality. The concept was introduced by Igor Dodon, after the diaspora voted en masse for Maia Sandu, and seems to be a hybrid.
3. The Narratives of the Week
- Maia Sandu is guilty of school closures and (unpopular) administrative reform since 1999 and will continue these processes if she becomes president.
- Maia Sandu will close Russian schools.
- Maia Sandu will close hospitals and leave the sick on the streets.
- Maia Sandu will ban the Victory Day on May 9, which celebrates the liberation of Bessarabia from Romanian fascists.
- The cost of living will explode if Maia Sandu is elected president.
- Maia Sandu will sell the land to foreigners, as happened in Ukraine.
- Maia Sandu will implement the LGBT agenda and include sex education classes in schools, promoting the values of the decadent West.
- Maia Sandu is guilty of leasing Chisinau airport and does nothing to recover it.
- Maia Sandu’s victory in the elections is debatable, given that it was brought by the vote in the West, where the high turnout is bizarre, given that there was no massive vote in Russia.
- The pro-European opposition prevented Moldovan citizens from voting in Transnistria.
- Maia Sandu is a danger to the integrity of the Republic of Moldova.
- PAS is causing instability and its actions could lead to a new conflict in Transnistria, as happened in 1992.
- Maia Sandu pulls the Republic of Moldova out of the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict.
- The 1992 war was started by “Nazis” such as Maia Sandu and PAS.
- Transnistria and Gagauzia are not secessionist regions.
- Igor Dodon defends the interests of the citizens on the left bank of the Dniester.
- The Americans promised Maia Sandu victory in the second round of the elections if she accepts the return of Vladimir Plahotniuc.
- Renato Usatii received instructions from the Americans to support Maia Sandu in round 2.
- Maia Sandu was appointed prime minister by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak following secret negotiations with Russia’s intelligence services.
- If she becomes president, Maia Sandu will be the puppet of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat, to whom she owes her rise.
- Maia Sandu is preparing a Color Revolution.
- Igor Dodon won the elections in the Republic of Moldova.
- The diaspora represents a “parallel electorate”, which has its own vision and political preferences, in dissonance with the majority population living and working in Moldova.
- The Western diaspora will massively defraud the second round of the presidential election by using new passports and organizing the transportation of voters to the polls.
4. The Moldovan Political Cinematheque
If she is elected president, Maia Sandu will close schools, hospitals, reduce the salaries of doctors and teachers. At the same time, the politician is in the service of the western powers. These narratives were posted on a YouTube channel - 11 fake stories about Maia Sandu in just one day.