The Daily Populous

Monday July 4th, 2022 evening edition

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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. »

A Michigan police chief has apologized after it emerged that the department used images of Black men during target practice

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(CNN) A Michigan police chief has issued a public apology after reports that targets with images of Black men were seen at his department's target practice area.

Concerns about the images were initially raised in April, after a Boy Scout troop toured the building used for target practice by the Farmington Hills Police Department, according to CNN affiliate WXYZ.

The images of the targets used were consistent with the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and were intended to "represent a mix of both threat and non-threat targets," King said. »

Fox and friends confront billion-dollar US lawsuits over election fraud claims

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In the $1.6bn lawsuit, Dominion accuses Fox Corp, and the Murdochs specifically, of allowing Fox News to amplify false claims that the voting company had rigged the election for Joe Biden.

As for the news channels’ conspiratorial claims of election fraud, at least that is one thing that has already been settled.

“The November 3 election was the most secure in American history,” the agency said in a statement in 2020. »