The Kremlin’s Shady Horses: Ion Chicu, Accusing Ukraine of Trying to Draw Moldova into the War

The project Shady Horses delves into investigating Russian propaganda dissemination within Western countries through prominent individuals, often referred to as “talking heads.” 

By analyzing the influence and messaging of these figures, the project seeks to shed light on the tactics employed to spread Russian narratives, their impact on public opinion, and their potential connections to foreign organizations.

Discrediting the Moldovan government in the eyes of Western partners, promoting the Russian agenda of ‘neutrality’ to undermine solidarity with Ukraine, and accusing Ukraine of “involving Moldova in the war.” Ion Chicu, former Moldovan Prime Minister, a Shady Horse in Russian propaganda.

Ion Chicu is a Moldovan politician who served as the Prime Minister of Moldova from November 14, 2019, to August 31, 2020. He was appointed as prime minister during a period of political instability, and it appears that he leans towards Russian influence. While he publicly portrays himself as ‘pro-European,’ his statements and actions often align with Russian interests and the Kremlin’s agenda.

Chicu, with a background in economics, had held various government positions before assuming the role of prime minister. His time in office was characterized by the challenges of political polarization and efforts to address economic and governance issues in Moldova.

One of his key talking points revolves around the concept of ‘neutrality,’ which he applies to Moldova’s approach to supporting Ukraine and shaping its own political agenda.

Who is this Shady Horse? ex-PM of Moldova

Where are they from? Moldova

Political affiliation?  Head of the Party of Development and Consolidation of Moldova (founded by himself). Technocratic anti-western populism.

What have they been saying?

Moldovan authorities cultivate hatred and Nazism 

“Kyiv pulls Moldova into conflict with Moscow”

Moldova is not welcomed in the European Union. It is a failure of Sandu’s “success story”.

European leaders will become accomplices in the crimes of the Sandu regime.

In Moldova, all gas is Russian; intermediaries are the only change. 

Unfortunately, the Moldovan side is leading to the termination of this contract with Gazprom.

Former prime minister Ion Chicu expressed his indignation against the statements of Moldova citizens fighting in Ukraine

If a comparison with the eurozone seems inappropriate, then I note that, on the other hand, in Russia the base rate is 3 times lower than in our country – 7.5%. Why are you finally killing the economy, Maya?

While the people are freezing and saving on food, the profit of Moldovan banks has increased by billions of lei this year, thanks to the sensitive leadership of the authorities

We can return this money (Russian loan) at any time without penalty.