The ongoing protest in the Moldovan capital Chișinău is posing a fresh test of Russian state-controlled media’s ability to project Kremlin geopolitical preferences.
Regional analysts assert that Moscow is viewing the protest as another Western-orchestrated, Euromaidan-like disturbance that constitutes a threat to Russian national interests. Not surprisingly, then, Russian broadcasters and print outlets are striving to shape a news narrative in which the protest is an expression of the population’s discontent with Moldova’s European Union integration efforts.
In a September 9 report distributed by the Russian state-run RIA Novosti news agency, Leonid Slutsky, chair of the Duma’s Committee on Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, claimed the EU did not present a solution to Moldova’s economic woes.
“It’s plain that the country has come to the point of collapse, and its people are in the mood for a U-turn in favor of the East,” Slutsky stated.
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Victoria Puiu is a journalist who writes for the weekly newspaper Timpul (Times) in Chișinău, Moldova.