• Research Assistant, Moldova

Victoria Olari

Victoria Olari is a research assistant for Moldova with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab.

Prior to joining the DFRLab, she served as program coordinator at the Institute for Strategic Initiatives, where she directed programs in the field of conflict resolution and confidence building, with a particular emphasis on the Transnistrian region. She also has expertise in fact checking and has contributed to Disinfo Lab projects in different Moldovan regions. Olari has a strong understanding of the social and political environment in Moldova, having served as a policy advisor in the Moldovan parliament for four years.

April 2024

Moldova in the digital crosshairs of anonymous, pro-Russian Telegram channels

by Givi Gigitashvili, Victoria Olari

Anonymous Telegram channels attempt to discredit Moldova’s pro-European government and amplify pro-Russian narratives
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March 2024

Unpacking the Kremlin media blitz surrounding Gagauzia leader’s Russia visit

by Victoria Olari, Ani Mejlumyan

Eugenia Gutul’s meeting with Vladimir Putin drives Kremlin news cycle positioning Russia as "protector" of Gagauzia and Moldova as its "oppressor"
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February 2024

US celebrities unwittingly recruited to undermine Moldova’s president

by Victoria Olari

Pro-Russian propagandists solicited US celebrities on Cameo to record videos calling for the downfall of Moldovan President Maia Sandu
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