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It is not True that Three American Companies Bought Large Agricultural Land in Ukraine

Ukrainian legislation prohibits the sale of agricultural land to foreigners and foreign-owned companies. This restriction can be lifted, but first, there must be a referendum, and no referendum was held for this purpose in Ukraine. Therefore, it is not true that three large American multinational companies bought over 17 million hectares of Ukrainian agricultural land. Consequently, the dilemma that...

Janko Bačev Shares an Unfounded Statement by Fidel Castro about the Next War in Europe

The leader of the political party “United Macedonia”, Janko Bačev, shared on his Facebook profile a statement allegedly made by the former president of Cuba, Fidel Castro. However, even though Castro never said anything like Bačev claims, this post has gone viral with 180 shares and over 1,000 reactions, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the syndicating agreement between Truthmeter.mk and Meta.mk, we...

China encroaches North Macedonia’s railroad sector [infographics]

The saying "Slow but steady wins the race" maybe is the simplest explanation of China's slow entry into the North Macedonia's railroad sector in the past several years. From the takeover of the Piraeus Port in neighboring Greece, through the purchase of locomotives and multiple-unit trains for "RNM Railways - Transport" Public enterprise to the increased volumes of cargo...

Truthmeter: Russian Propaganda in Macedonia after the Referendum until NATO Membership

This analysis documents the Russian propaganda after the consultative referendum on the Prespa Agreement in 2018, the turmoil in the political parties VMRO-DPMNE and “United Macedonia” due to Russian influence before the constitutional changes, Russian disinformation and other nervous reactions after the constitutional changes and the disappointment of the Macedonian nationalists by Russia’s recognition of the new constitutional name...

Truthmeter: Pro-Russian political party “Rodina Makedonija” – disinformation, conspiracy theories and inciting hatred

The pro-Russian party “Rodina Makedonija” was a source of disinformation about Ukraine even before the start of the military invasion by Russia. Earlier, the party spread disinformation that incited hatred of NATO, the EU, the Prespa Agreement, Covid-19 and vaccinations, censuses and local elections, writes Truthmeter.mk.   Under the syndicating agreement between Truthmeter.mk and Meta.mk, we republish the text below:   The pro-Russian...

Truthmeter: Russian disinformation propaganda in Macedonia before the 2018 Referendum

While EU and US experts gave instructions on “How the Balkan should defend itself against Russian propaganda?” In 2018 Macedonia was targeted not only by increased Russian propaganda influence but also by Russian political influence by supporting the Macedonian clone of “United Russia” (see analysis). Russian influence, which was also noticeable in the political crisis of 2015-2017, intensified especially before...

Alternative medicine magazines as another tool for glorifying Russia through propaganda

In North Macedonia, several Russian alternative medicine magazines are sold: “Russian herbalist”, “Russian doctor” and “Russian medicine”. They send messages such as: “Russian advice is worth your health”, “Russians have medicine” and “You ask, Russian doctors answer”. In these magazines, folk medicine is “Russian folk medicine”, and various folk recipes are also “Russian recipes”. But despite the attempt to...

Russia donates monuments throughout Skopje and determines what inscriptions they will carry

"Eternal glory to the heroic fighters from the anti-Hitler's coalition who defeated Nazism and freed the European nations!" This sentence has been inscribed on the monument behind the Universal Hall in the center of Skopje, that was officially opened on the 9th of May 2020 by the Russian Ambassador to North Macedonia, Sergey Bazdnikin and the former Mayor of...

Truthmeter: The Serbs in North Macedonia do not justify the war in Ukraine, but some of them support Russia

Serbs as well as some members of the Serbian-Macedonian associations in Polog are against the invasion of any country and are in favor of preserving the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. But some of them, despite condemnation from many countries and organizations, as well as indications that misunderstandings should be resolved through diplomacy, still believe that Russian President...

The role of the Albanian parties in NMacedonia in the context of the fight against the Russian influence

Although N. Macedonia is historically, but also geographically oriented towards Euro-Atlantic values, the government led by VMRO-DPMNE and DUI led by the former Prime Minister, now asylum seeker Nikola Gruevski, often “flirted” with Russia. The overthrow of this government was not so easy, it was made more difficult by the Russian agents, who had a part in organizing the...

Russian Propaganda in Macedonia in 2018: “United Macedonia” as a “Pawn” of “United Russia”

The recent expulsion of five Russian diplomats is not the first expulsion of Russian diplomats from Macedonia. For the first time, Macedonia expelled a Russian diplomat in 2018, when not only the intensified Russian propaganda influence was noticeable, but also an attempt for Russian political influence by supporting the Macedonian clone of “United Russia”, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the syndicating agreement...

Ibraimi: There are indications that the Russian influence will continue in the Balkans despite the war in Ukraine

In general, I do not believe that the Russian disinformation campaign and the current support of the misperception about the war in Ukraine will affect the possible change of the foreign policy of N. Macedonia. There are currently no real opportunities for war in the Balkans. Russian disinformation by hybrid means continues to spread, giving a vain hope to...

Counterspin: The Fact That There Are Anti-War Protests in Russia Does Not Mean That It Is a Democratic State

Anti-war protests in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities are not proof that the Russian state has democratic capital, as Biševac spins. A large number of arrests, the censorship of certain media and most of the social networks claim the exact opposite. The claim that Ukraine has not received any refugees from the war zones in Syria, Afghanistan...

Russian Duma with Draconian Sentences: 10-15 Years in Prison for Knowingly Spreading Fake News about the Russian Military

The Russian Duma has passed a law prescribing draconian sentences for “knowingly spreading fake news” about Russian military operations, categorized according to the severity and consequences of such actions, RIA Novosti reported. Under the new law, for the crime of “knowingly spreading fake information about the armed forces of the Russian Federation under the guise of credible messages”, the minimum...

Russian Media Scene: Controlled Content with Little Space for Foreign Media

Citizens in Russia receive dosed content, and censorship laws are in place, enacted by the newly adopted Law on March 4, which even provides for a prison sentence of 10 to 15 years “for knowingly spreading false news about the Russian military”. Leading Russian television “Channel 1” and “Russia 1” are state-controlled, and the third-largest TV network, NTV, is...

Zakharova: Skopje recklessly sacrifices sovereignty

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, commenting on the expulsion of five Russian diplomats from North Macedonia, said Russia would be forced to take reciprocal measures without announcing them. Zakharova’s comment was published on the web site of the Russian Foreign Ministry, as well as on the Facebook profile of the Russian Embassy. “This underlined hostile step is a continuation...

Counterspin: Anti-Semitic literature present not only in Ukraine – but it cannot justify Russian aggression

According to our research, we are convinced that the three books disputed by the Russian Embassy in North Macedonia can be purchased in different languages ​​in several foreign countries, that the reprints of the republished editions are almost completely sold out, but also that there is an expert debate as is the case and in North Macedonia, about their...

Humanitarian Disaster in Ukraine: At Least $ 1.7 Billion Needed, North Macedonia Sends Aid

More than a month after Russia invaded Ukraine, intensified attacks on several Ukrainian cities have left many people without access to their homes, without electricity, water, food or basic necessities. The countries supporting Ukraine in this war, including North Macedonia, are sending aid in various formats to help the military forces, as well as humanitarian aid for those who...

Truthmeter: The Sense of Belonging as a Tool for Russian Influence in North Macedonia

One of the simplest ways of influencing a wider circle of people, which has been continuously used by Russia in the Republic of North Macedonia, is to build and nurture the narrative of mutual belonging (in international relations this theory is known as “natural alliance”). Unity and common affiliation are associated with Slavism, religion, language, tradition, and lately more...

Truthmeter: Russian Journalists Quit over Kremlin Media Propaganda

It was not necessary to think whether what was happening in Ukraine was a peace operation. This is a war. I want Russian citizens to hear me – I want them to learn what propaganda looks like, said Russian journalist Žana Agalakova, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the syndicating agreement between Truthmeter.mk and Meta.mk, we republish the text below:   More and more Russian...