Disinfo: The same authoritarian regime exists in Bulgaria and Belarus

Summary

Taking into consideration [political] trends, it is possible to compare Bulgaria to Belarus, because the same authoritarian regime exists in Bulgaria and Belarus.

Disproof

This message presents Bulgaria as an authoritarian and undemocratic country and uses manipulative headline.

According to the Freedom House, Belarus an authoritarian police state in which elections are openly rigged and civil liberties are curtailed. Bulgaria’s democratic system holds competitive elections and has seen several transfers of power in recent decades. Belarus scored 19 points out of 100 in the Freedom House's Global Freedom Index 2020. Bulgaria's score: 80 out of 100.

Read more disinformation messages focusing on Bulgaria: The USA is planning a coup in Bulgaria in order to subsequently blame Russia; Bulgarians have not seen any significant benefits from membership of the EU and NATO and EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn says that Bulgarians do not need a state.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Bulgaria, Belarus
  • Keywords: Democracy, Dictatorship, Alexander Lukashenko

Disclaimer

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Disproof

This is part of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign on Belarus based on recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, such as accusing other countries of interference and portraying popular protests against electoral fraud in the country as a Western-led colour revolution.

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The investigation hasn’t found the slightest trace of poison. So if Navalny was really poisoned, it was not done in Russia. Then, it is necessary to “discuss with Germany”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Navalny poisoning and the alleged insignificance of the activist.

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The situation on the line of contact in the conflict zone in Donbas, suggests that the current government in Kyiv is interested in continuing the war. It is the condition for another loan from Western states. If there is no war in Donbas, there will be no money.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and Ukraine's relations with its foreign partners.

The claim is made without evidence and is only the latest in a string of pro-Kremlin conspiracy theories alleging that the Ukrainian authorities are purposely leading the country and people toward destruction for short-term financial gain.