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Macedonian PM publicly apologizes after he was deceived by pro-Kremlin Russian pranksters

By Metamorphosis Foundation, for Global Voices This story originally appeared on Meta.mk News Agency, a project of Metamorphosis Foundation. An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement. On July 7, Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev spoke to journalists in Skopje about a YouTube video in which he appears talking to two Russian pranksters pretending to be the former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens

The referendum on North Macedonia’s name was legal

By Margarita Assenova, for Polygraph Sergey Lavrov Russia’s foreign minister “When Montenegro and Macedonia were out of the blue dragged into NATO, the situation with Macedonia’s name was used in a brazen manner. They held a referendum organized in gross violation of the constitution, which in Macedonia requires a referendum to put forward only one question, but they put forward three: do you want to be a member of the

Disinfo analysis: Moscow’s Balkan defeat

By Polygraph Polygraph.info has used North Macedonia as the shorter version of the new official name of the Republic of North Macedonia. Since the new name came into force on February 12, 2019, we have used the earlier name Macedonia for past events and prior quotations. Contrary to Kremlin’s assertion that North Macedonia is a small country of little strategic importance to NATO, Moscow has invested substantial efforts to undermine

Update: US labels as ‘absurd’ Russian accusations of manipulation of the Macedonian Parliament

By Polygraph Russian Foreign Ministry Russian Foreign Ministry “Eight votes that were necessary to secure a qualified majority were ensured by …means of blackmailing, threats and bribing opposition parliament members. Three of them, purely by chance, were released from arrest on that same day. Two others, who had open cases investigated by special prosecutors, were promised freedom. Others received corrupt financial offers in exchange for ‘the right vote.’ Parliament members

Figure of the Week: 10

By EU vs Disinfo The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has seen a coordinated disinformation campaign targeting its referendum on changing the name of the country, and some fingers are pointing in Moscow’s direction due to the coverage by Russian state media. The Digital Forensic Research Lab scrutinised articles published by the pro-Kremlin Sputnik news agency in the run-up to the September 30 referendum and found that their content

Disinfo analysis: Macedonia – to be or not to be… Russia’s satellite

By Polygraph The small Balkan nation of Macedonia is increasingly a destination for the Kremlin’s political strategists, the ideologists of Russian exceptionalism and Moscow’s Orthodox mission in the Slavic world and in Eurasia.   The think-tank and instructors giving lectures and providing training in Macedonia are the same ones that the Kremlin employed in its hybrid war prior to the annexation of Crimea and later in the destabilization of the Ukrainian east, as well

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