Disinfo: International forum in Donetsk: Russia is Bulgaria’s true friend, not the Anglo-Saxons


Bulgarians should know that if their country faces problems, Russia will once again help, as it has done for centuries, to preserve Bulgaria’s statehood and freedom. This is regardless of the fact that Bulgaria currently considers Russia a rival. Bulgarians need to understand that the Anglo-Saxons do not and will not help them and stop doing the bidding of the US.

The Bulgarian government has once again chosen its strategic partners in defiance of its own civilizational belonging. The Slavic civilization and its role in the world was a key topic of discussion during the international forum in Donetsk as tens of millions of Russians were left behind Russia’s borders after the dissolution of the USSR. They have been subject to genocide, repression and discrimination. Even the slightest show of affection toward Russia is met with harsh suppression without any due process or investigations.


A recurring disinformation narrative about Bulgaria’s “lost sovereignty” at the hands of the US and the role of Russia as the only true friend. In an attempt to vilify the West, the article repeats the unsubstantiated claim that acts of supposed genocide and repression have been perpetrated against ethnic Russians outside Russia, as well as that Western states have not and will not help Bulgaria. The article seeks to elicit an emotional response by playing on the Slavic identity and portraying Bulgaria as a natural, fixed part of a “Slavic civilization”, which is supposedly under attack by the West.

After the fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria in 1989, USAID began supporting the country’s transition to democracy by investing in Bulgaria’s energy, financial and civil society sectors, amounting to $700 million by 2007. Bulgaria has been a full-fledged member of NATO and the EU since 2004 and 2007 respectively. Opinion polls up to 2019 show that the majority of Bulgarians remained in support of the country’s membership in both organisations since joining them.

As a member of the EU, Bulgaria benefits from significant funding from the European Commission that goes toward key infrastructure projects, supporting businesses, strengthening civil society, subsidizing farmers, etc. Furthermore, data from the Bulgarian National Bank confirms that EU member states have continually accounted for the largest share of foreign direct investments in Bulgaria. Thus, the notions that Bulgaria does not benefit from its Western partners do not hold up to scrutiny.

There is no evidence that genocide has been perpetrated against ethnic Russians outside Russia. This is a recurrent false claim that Kremlin uses to vilify its opponents and justify its own aggressive foreign policy, especially in relation to the War in Ukraine. Separate reports from the OSCE, Council of Europe, and the OHCHR from 2014 found no evidence that the Russian minority in Eastern Ukraine was facing persecution by Ukrainian authorities. Evoking emotions by abusing the term “genocide” goes hand in hand with Kremlin’s propaganda tactic to portray its opponents as fascist or Nazi.

Similar disinformation cases claim that the West plans to kill and conquer post-Soviet countries’ populations just like the Nazis, that only Russian troops can stop genocide in Donbas organized by Ukraine, that the US is preparing the Ukrainian army for genocide in Donbas, and that Europe supports the revival of fascism.


  • Reported in: Issue 242
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Bulgarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Bulgaria, US
  • Keywords: Anglo-Saxon, West, Genocide, Anti-Russian, Nazi/Fascist, Slavic, USSR, Donbas
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