Expert on Darik: Bulgarians believe in conspiracies and pro-Russian propaganda the most of all Europeans

CSD, together with several other organizations, including the AEJ, organized a press conference to talk about the Kremlin’s pro-Russian disinformation and anti-democratic messages in Bulgaria in the context of the information war. According to T. Galev from CSD, when disinformation or propaganda is spread on purpose, we can classify the situation as an information war.…

The Russian disinformation narratives aiming to undermine support for Western aid to Ukraine in Greek Media

Summary of the article: Kremlin-led disinformation in Greece Main disinformation narrative: Europe and the US are wasting money to support Ukraine while their economies are in crisis. Other disinformation narratives: The US and Europe lack the military capacity to support Ukraine.   Disinformation narratives propagated by the Kremlin are not generally prevalent in Greek social,…

It is not true that Bulgaria “supported Nazism” in UN vote

Bulgaria did not “endorse” Nazism in a UN vote. Bulgaria, along with the rest of the EU, voted against a draft resolution proposed by Russia and other countries (Belarus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Nicaragua and Syria) aimed at legitimizing Russian aggression in Ukraine. This is a resolution regularly tabled by Russia to combat “Nazism”. However, in the context of the invasion in Ukraine, the document is perceived as an attempt by the Kremlin to justify Russian aggression, utilizing popular pro-Russian disinformation narratives regarding the claims of ‘genocide’ in the Donbas area and the need to ‘denazify’ Ukraine.

Press conference on “Pro-Russian disinformation and the Kremlin’s anti-democratic messages in Bulgaria in the context of information war”

Although Russia’s economic presence in Europe has been declining in last two years, Bulgaria alongside with Serbia are the countries most inclined to safeguard and showcase pro-Russian disinformation and propaganda narratives and sentiments in Southeastern Europe. They serve as key hubs of economic, political and informational influence for the Kremlin and a base of operations…

There is no evidence that the Nord Stream leaks are linked to the presence of US military equipment in the area

There are no facts to support the claim that the leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines were caused by the US. No link has been established between the presence of US helicopters and a ship in the Baltic Sea and the leaks from Nord Stream 1 and 2. The suggestions that US President Joe Biden has promised to attack the pipeline originate from a speech he held 2 weeks before the invasion of Ukraine in which he does not mention any type of planned future attacks on the pipelines. There are still no results from the investigations surrounding the accident launched in Denmark and Sweden. UPDATE: According to an independent Swedish investigation in the region, there are explosive traces found at Nord Stream pipeline, which is an indicator for a gross sabotage.

PolitiCheck: Are MEPs booing Manfred Weber because of Boyko Borissov?

In order to debunk this, it is important to take into account the context in which Weber’s statement was made – the direct dispute with the Greens MEP Ska Keller, the criticism of the EPP and the mention of the upcoming debate on Borissov’s arrest as part of Weber’s argument that the Greens are politicizing the rule of law issue. During his speech, laughter and cheers could be heard as well as applause, thus it cannot be said that the MEPs ‘drowned out’ Weber by booing, nor that their reactions were related only to the mention of Boyko Borissov, as the headlines of the media publications suggest. At the same time, there are no false facts in the texts of the publications that give grounds for the qualifications made by PP GERB.

It’s not true that Germany sued a journalist for having a different opinion

Journalist Alina Lipp’s claims that prosecutors are investigating her because she has a different opinion from that of the German government and is presenting “the truth about Donbass and the war in Ukraine” do not correspond to the facts. The journalist is being investigated by the Centre for Combating Internet Hate Crimes of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Göttingen for publicly supporting the commission of criminal acts, including murder, genocide and war crimes.