Policy Brief: Modern-day Russian propaganda in Romania: current narratives, preferred ways of spreading and the target audience


The problem of the widespread Russian propaganda in Romania is not new. In fact, the country has even established two institutions specifically designed to study it: the Bucharest-based Global Focus Center, and the Informational Warfare and Strategic Communication Laboratory (LARICS) at the Romanian Academy. The logic of Russian propaganda in Romania and its highly nation-specific tailored approach is relatively well-studied. The population seems resilient to messages that differ widely in subject matter, tone, character, and frequency. It has been confirmed by the Ukrainian Prism Resilience Indecies. The unauthorized Russian invasion of Ukraine, however, made the issue of effective tackling and identifying Moscow’s propaganda more complex. It created serious informational security challenges for all Eastern European countries, including Romania.

Viktoriia Kravchyk, Sergiy Gerasymchuk Policy Brief

About authors:

Viktoriia Kravchyk has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. She is currently obtaining her MA in European politics as an Erasmus Mundus scholar. She works at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and interns at the Foreign Policy Council ”Ukrainian Prism”. Her main research interest is related to the EU’s relations with its Eastern European neighbours and the EU’s enlargement policy.

Sergiy Gerasymchuk is the Deputy Executive Director, Regional Initiatives and Neighborhood Program Director. Sergiy is involved in political studies since 2001 and has the experience of working for the Secretariat of the Parliament of Ukraine, scientific research institutions under the President of Ukraine and under Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. Besides, he was involved in the project implemented by national and international think tanks in Ukraine and in the area of Eastern Partnership. The areas of professional interest: political studies and political process in Ukraine, the activities of think tanks and civil society, regional security and frozen conflicts, transborder cooperation.

This policy brief is developed within the project “Romanian – Ukrainian Civil Society Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation. Third edition”, implemented by the Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association, Romania, in partnership with Strategic and Security Studies Group and Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian PRISM”, Ukraine, with the support of Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of the German Marshall Fund. The views expressed in this policy paper are those of the author and do not necessarily coincide with those of ESGA partners.


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