Disinfo: The USA is planning a coup in Bulgaria in order to subsequently blame Russia


The USA is planning to replace the current Bulgarian government with a more obedient one, which will follow the instructions of the US more closely. The US is behind the release of compromising materials against the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. The objective of the US is to compromise the joint energy projects between Bulgaria and Russia.


The article adapts the widespread anti-US narrative of US interference into the domestic affairs of another country or so called colour revolutions.


  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: Bulgaria, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Coup


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Massive foreign interference in the voting for the Constitution in Russia: NATO activates its paid agents

NATO’s special operatives have been meddling in the current constitutional referendum in Russia. NATO, together with the Ukrainian special forces from the 16th and 72nd Centers for Information and Psychological Operations at the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, use disinformation and propagandistic tactics to disturb the democratic process in the referendum. The NATO and Ukrainian operatives have formed an active programme of disinformation to the Russian population through temporary  one-day disinformation websites, disinformative media and Ukrainian bot-farms. These operatives’ objectives are to persuade Russians to ignore the voting process for amendments to the Russian Constitution. They also spread distorted information about the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia, by presenting inflated numbers and suggesting that voting will kill voters.


This is a disinformation narrative about the aggressive West and the so-called "colour revolutions". See a similar case here.

No evidence has been given to prove the involvement of either NATO or the Ukrainian special forces in the recent Russian referendum or with regards to the one day websites, bot disinformation farms etc. Furthermore, there is no substantive evidence in any reports or media of the existence of the 16th and 72nd Ukrainian Centers for Information and Psychological Operations.

The US economy is decimated by the pandemic: 34 banks lose 700 billion dollars

The US banks lost 700 billion dollars due to the COVID-19 pandemic


The article carries misinformative title which differs from its content. It suggests that the US banks have already lost 700 billion dollars due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The title is a deliberate misinterpretation of the results from the annual stress test of the Federal Reserve Board. According to the 2020 Annual stress test, in the worst case scenario, the top US banks could lose up to 700 billion dollars. This scenario would occur only if unemployment rates remain high and the economy does not bounce back from the downturn in the first two quarters of the year. Even in such scenario, this will not have the critical repercussions to the banking sector in the US, as the article is suggesting.

The article follows the series of disinformation narratives of the decline of the US as global and economic power.

The West is trying to review the results of the Nuremberg trials

We see many attempts to present history in a completely different way. For example, Western officials, summing up the results of World War II, only talk about the contribution of the USA and Great Britain, deliberately ignoring the key role of the USSR in the victory over fascism. They try to revise the results of the Nuremberg Tribunal.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation on World War II and historical revisionism, accusing the West of rewriting history and trying to deprive Russia of its glorious victory over Nazi Germany. The claim about the attempted revision of the results of the Nuremberg trials, is speculative with no evidence provided. This disinformation narrative baselessly accuses Western countries of rewriting history and labels anyone daring to challenge the Kremlin’s version as “Russophobic”.

Western historians acknowledge the role played by the USSR in defeating Nazism and do not question the Soviet contribution to the victory in WWII and the status of the USSR as a country which had won in WWII.