The Bulgarian secret services have data showing that Russia pays about €2000 (BGN 4,000) per month to public figures, journalists, and politicians to spread its propaganda in the country, a government spokesperson and head of the prime minister’s office, Lena Borislavova told Darik radio over the weekend.
Borislavova explained that the money was given to Bulgarian politicians, famous journalists, analysts, political scientists and other persons appearing in the public media.
The Russian state paid them to shape public opinion.
“To all of you who spit on the EU and NATO for free, as well as support Putin’s actions in Ukraine, you should know.
According to her, some public speakers are used to confusing the public and playing with misconceptions and fears.
She also commented on Russian ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova’s demand that the Bulgarian government abandon the expulsion of 70 diplomats and staff members of the Russian mission in Bulgaria.
Borislavova retorted that Russia could not declare Bulgaria an enemy country and unilaterally cut off their gas, despite the current treaties, and not expect a strong reaction from Sofia. »