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Russia’s ‘Hybrid War’ In Bulgaria. ‘Activists’ Protests Against Russia-donated Christmas Tree

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On December 27th, the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its disappointment over the sharing of an opinion piece, containing derogatory statements for the Bulgarian population by the Russian Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The deputy director of the Directorate for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ambassador Georgi Panayotov, held a conversation with an advisor to the Russian Embassy expressing the Bulgarian side’s position saying that such actions do not contribute to bilateral relations but create a favorable ground for anti-Russian sentiment among Bulgarian citizens.

#Мнение: цитираме https://bit.ly/2Ly09rOМиналата седмица Москва подари елха на София по случай Коледа, и тя беше…

Posted by Посольство России в Болгарии on Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The official publication, which cites an article originally posted on the classa.bg outlet, translated in English reads the following:

“Last week Moscow gave the Christmas tree on Christmas Day, and it was placed in the center of our capital. Nearly no one in Bulgaria would know about it because of the brutal American censorship of the alleged “Bulgarian” media that allowed talk about Russia only in negative light. Thanks to the unimaginable idiocy of a small group of Sofia “smart-handsome” protesters, however, the whole of Bulgaria found out about the tree.

They gathered to protest against it because it was part of Russia’s “hybrid war” against our country. When they come close to policemen and were politely asked for their papers, the malicious group escaped with shouting against this unprecedented repression, shouts that increased a thousand times on Facebook.

So, we Bulgarians understood 3 things:

1. Moscow gave the Christmas tree to Sofia.

2. For the first time in the history of the world there was a protest against a Christmas tree.

3. There are no greater imbeciles and morons than paid yellow-brick russophobes.”

The commentary is in relation to a protest against the Christmas tree decorated in red in the center of Sofia, which is a gift from Moscow. Below the tree there is a large sign, which reads: “Moscow greets Sofia with the new 2019”. It is written in both Russian and Bulgarian. The protest also called for the release of the detained Ukrainian sailors following the incident on November 25th.

As a result of the situation and others, Terminal 3, a website describing itself as dedicated to providing objective and quality information, rather than “fast” and “unverified” rumors, published an article from the outlet’s entire team calling for the Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria to be expelled.

Another large part of the call for expulsion was the visit of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on March 3rd, 2018 commemorating the 140th anniversary of the 1878 San Stefano Treaty that ended the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78 and proclaimed Bulgaria’s independence.

On March 4th, Patriarch Kiril met with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev. During the event Patriarch slammed statements made by Radev, who was “downplaying” Russia’s role in the Bulgarian liberation.

“I want to frankly say that it was difficult for me to hear all these references to the participation of other countries in the liberation of Bulgaria. Neither the Polish Sejm nor the Lithuanian Sejm decided to start a war with Ottoman Turkey. I hope the media will hear us and will relate the disappointment of the patriarch in that he heard a wrong historical interpretation of events related to the liberation of Bulgaria”, Patriarch Kirill stressed.

“We are for historical truth, Mr. President, we have won this historical truth with our own blood, and there can be no political and pragmatic reasons … today to ignore or falsely interpret. All the talk about friendship – they are checked by reality. If, speaking of friendship, we forget about the sacrifices that were made in connection with the liberation of Bulgaria, these words cease to matter”, he added.

To which Radev responded:

“In no way do we underestimate the contribution of the Russian army to the liberation of Bulgaria, but the Russian army was multinational, and we honor the memory of every nation”, Radev said. “We respect our history, it says that it was a Russo-Turkish liberation war, not Polish-Turkish or any other,” he added.

“The Bulgarian and Russian people cannot be deceived: what I experienced on Shipka is a very deep spiritual experience, and there I realized that regardless of the policy that the state power in Bulgaria carries out, the Bulgarian people have a deep appreciation for the Russian people.I would advise you to take into account the mood of the people, building relationships with the outside world, I would ask you to remember history in your political activities, and, as it were, the political conjuncture, do not forget about Shipka”, Patriarch Kirill said.

It should be noted that President Radev’s predecessor, President Rosen Plevneliev, made several March 3rd addresses without even mentioning Russia.

The aforementioned article also mentioned November 2017 remarks by the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. He said that the Soviet Red Army rescued thousands of Bulgarian Jews in World War II.

Zakharova’s statement was in relation to anti-Semitic graffiti painted on the Monument of the Soviet Army in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia which said: “100 years of Zionist Occupation.”

Then, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry responded Russia that it was not the Soviet Red Army but the Bulgarian people who saved thousands of Bulgarian Jews from deportation to Nazi death camps in 1943.

“When Bulgarian citizens stood on the trains in front of the trains travelling to the Nazi death camps, when representatives of the Bulgarian political, economic and intellectual elite were writing protest letters in support of the Bulgarian Jews and when top hierarchs of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church were joining the Jews, gathered for deportation … the Red Army was thousands kilometers away,” the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry statement said.

Furthermore, the article calling for the expulsion of Anatoly Makarov shared a statement by the Atlantic Council Bulgaria. (The Atlantic Council Bulgaria, similarly to its parent organization the Atlantic Council is one of the main engines of the fight against “Russian propaganda”)

The Atlantic Council Bulgaria requested a reaction by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry. The Ministry’s initial response was that the article expresses a personal opinion of the author, and not the position that the Russian Embassy maintains. It further reminded that if a Foreign official person would express such derogatory qualifications towards Bulgarian citizens there would be a suitable reaction. The response further said that if “any foreign diplomats attempt to stop Bulgarians from their right of expression and protest, we will promptly react.”

It appeared that the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry did not deem it necessary to take any conclusive actions against the Russian Embassy or Ambassador, however, due to pressure from the Atlantic Council it took the smallest possible step it could.

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Alex B

The corrupt Bulgarian Gov should resign. It is time for the yellow vests to hit the streets in Sofia.

viktor ziv

Bulgarian people voted for them. Bulgaria doesn’t have shadow government like US. Russians should think twice before saving them again. Bulgarians joined Nazis and attacked Yugoslavia along with Rumanians, Hungarians, Albanians and Italians. Now they gave base for missiles vs Russia as well.

Tudor Miron

No, we can see the difference between corrup politicians and nation. Yes, there are some ugly traits but we still see Bulgarians as our brotherly nation.

viktor ziv

Well I just disappointed. I shouldn’t have open this subject. We, people should stick together and keep on trying to convince other people that hate and war leads only to suffering. I apologize to all offended by my post.

Ace

Spoken like a gentleman.

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viktorziv I agree

1691

Sorry, that’s not true.

Daniel Miller

What pathetic slavic wannabes tatars pretending to be slavs.

Tudor Miron

And who are you than? What makes you feel that you can talk shit about Bulgarian nation? Yes, some Bulgarians prefer to forget the history but we Russians don’t put too much meaning into what corrupt elites are doing. If need be Russia will again help our Братушки in case of real danger.

Daniel Miller

ew you are willing to help tatar savages whom pretend to be slavic…

1691

A handful of traitors and their offsprings must be showing allegiance to the atlantisists. With so much disinformation and confusion the Bulgarians are quiet and civilized but they are not confused. No one can dent the love and respect for Russia and the bond that exists for centuries. Blood does not turn into water. Thank you for the gift Russia!

Tudor Miron

Thank you.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)

To the US/EU/NATO slaves that run today’s Bulgaria: I am very pleased you wish to be our slaves, hoping that something other than the smelly brown stuff falls on your faces from our collective arses as a result of your constant licking. As a loyal slave, please be ready to meet this current demand from your masters.
Please indicate just how many millions of refugees created by the democratic bombing campaigns are you willing to accommodate from Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Pakistan and Afghanistan? This would, of course, include Al-Queda and ISIS “refugees”.
Appropriate compensation will be found in your accounts in banks in London and Geneva.
Happy New Enslaved Year!

seawolf

Imagine that the president and prime minister of Bulgaria were bagging Mr Putin to have the gas pipe to Europe passing through their country. American vassals.

1691

Oh, but they did. Turkish stream will go through Bulgaria. They are trying to balance between Russia and eu/amerika.

TomWonacott

Just reflects the 31 years of domination by Russia under Soviet rule. NATO? The EU? Same thing. It’s not like Nato had to twist any arms – and the Soviet….er Russian war in Eastern Ukraine as well as the illegal annexation of Crimea only justified the strategic decisions by Bulgaria and other former Soviet block countries to join Nato and the EU.

Mike

Oh fuck off, if it wasn’t for Russia back in the Turkish Russian war in the 1870’s, there would be no state of Bulgaria, you necon piece of yankee shit.

Tudor Miron

Illegal annexation of Crimea? Go tell it in the face of Crimean people who voted on referendum. I wonder how do you regard Kosovo than – what was the result of referendum in Kosovo? Oops! there was no referendum – only parlament decision. But that is fine with your kind as long as its NATO territory.
Regarding Soviet abuse – that’s utter BS. Bulgaria and eastern block in general was receiving from CCCP way more than they were giving and that’s what Bulgarians (old enough to remember) say.

TomWonacott

The Soviets were just a wonderful government. Tell me. While the USSR existed how did the elections go in Bulgaria? You can ask the ones “old enough to remember”.

AM Hants

Remember, the Bolsheviks, overthrew the Russian Empire, back in 1917, led by Lenin. Stalin, who was from Georgia, took over in 1923 and launched the Soviet Union. It fell in 1991, when 15 independent states emerged. Now how many played the ‘professional victims’, complete with begging bowls and run to the Bolshevik Soviet Europe, run on the same ideology as the Soviet Union and how many embraced their independence and moved on? One even paid off the $45 billion Soviet Union debt, including from the times when the Bolsheviks overthrew the Russian Empire. No complaints, no whinging, no whining. just moved on, full of positivity. Unlike, so many of the other Soviet Union member states.

How much money did Bulgaria lose, when they pulled out of the South Stream project?

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TomWonacott

And your point? Should Ukrainians thank the Bolsheviks for ending their independence? There have been a lot of changes in territory throughout history. I am only concerned about today.

AM Hants

Ukraine – means ‘Borderlands’. They should thank the Bolsheviks, owing to the land grab, during Soviet times and not forgetting the people of Russia paid the bills. The people of Russia never complained or lowered themselves to ‘professional victim status’, complete with begging bowl. They were survivors, never victims, and moved on. Ukraine has had their independence since 1991, so why could they not do the same? Just what have they achieved, excluding gifts from others, since 1991?

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Tudor Miron

And what is the difference now? Do you really think that current government represents actually represent Bulgarians? Is Bulgaria truly independent?

1691

Go check the tunnels that Hezbollah has dug under your country. Stay there and keep quiet. You don’t know what you are talking about. The american jews got Bulgaria in nato and eu. The Bulgarians wanted a change they never got. Eu destroyed economy and lives. The Bulgarians want so badly to be out of nato and eu. Need I remind you the lies that nato and eu produced to make the Eastern European countries military bases?

TomWonacott

The EU really hasn’t done much for Bulgarians. They can always vote to leave. Of course voting was a non existing right under the communists. By the way, I’m not an Israeli – or Jewish. I’m an American. The Bulgarian government got Bulgaria into Nato and the EU – and the only ones tunneling into the US are are from people south of the US border.

jm74

Give it a miss “Tom”, you are behaving like a typical zionist.

AM Hants

Why does he remind me of the ‘Integrity Initiative NGO’ cyber disinformation clones?

What are the rules for the disinformation agents?

Deny
Discredit
Discourse
Disagree
Derail

Garry Compton

A M – You are dealing with Tommy the US Jew Commie and he has been trolling for years – – I thought I ran him outta town – LOL– Novi Godom – Happy New Year

AM Hants

Cheers Garry, the reason I happily engage, is just to drop links for others to view. Make their own minds up, just in case they never came across the info. Needed to revisit the National Debt Clock, so he did me a favour. Ooops, that was an argument, with one of the other integrity initiative clones.

Happy New Year, Garry, plus, if celebrating the Orthodox Christmas, early Season’s Greetings. Novi Godom.

AM Hants

LOL. Look at BREXIT. We voted to leave, but, it is not going well.

James Baker to Gorbechev, ‘we will not move an inch into Eastern Europe, if only you dismantle the Warsaw Pact and remove the Soviet tanks from the streets of Eastern Europe’.

Funnily enough, they have now been replaced by US tanks, to the disgust of the US tax payer.

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Google’s $2.7 billion goes into EU’s budget — and that’s …
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TomWonacott

Not to the disgust of the US taxpayer at all. Eastern Europeans were wise to the potential re-emergence of Russia. The attempted coup in Montenegro, the meddling in Serbia and the outright invasion of Ukraine only reinforced the decision by former Soviet block countries to join Nato. Russia brought this on themselves. Sorry.

AM Hants

So the US tax payer is thrilled, so much of their money, supports Eastern Europe, whilst they are dependent on food stamps, cannot afford health care, whilst the infrastructure is falling to pieces?

No mention of The Secretary of State, James Baker and his promises to Gorbechev?

‘Integrity Initiative NGO’ so comes to mind.

No doubt, you will be supporting the arrival of the ‘White Helmets’, together with their stockpile of chemical weapons, turning up in Ukraine.

As Syrian War winds down, Ukraine appears to be next hot spot… https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/12/29/as-syrian-war-winds-down-ukraine-appears-to-be-next-hot-spot/

TomWonacott

White Helmets and chemical weapons? RT propaganda (Chemical Weapons and Absurdity: The Disinformation Campaign Against the White Helmets via @bellingcat https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/12/18/chemical-weapons-and-absurdity-the-disinformation-campaign-against-the-white-helmets/):

During mid-2018 this disinformation campaign appears to have focused on attempting to associate the SCD with chemical attacks in Idlib. From August to November of this year, the Russian and Syrian governments and state-controlled media continually repeated narratives involving the SCD and movement, or use of, chemical weapons around rebel-held areas of north-western Syria, primarily Idlib. This article will examine the accusations made against the SCD in Idlib and assess the evidence provided. The information we collected can be found here.

It should be noted that no reputable body has ever found that SCD was involved in any chemical incidents in Syria in any capacity other than as first responders to attacks.

AM Hants

Who funds the White Helmets?

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Who is behind ‘Integrity Initiative NGO’?
Who spun the Iraq War?
Funny, they have so much in common?

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Now how much does Russia spend on their State Media Budget, compared to the nations funding the White Helmets?

BBC Funding, besides UK Licence Fee Payers.

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Now join up the dots.

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AM Hants

US-Supported Syrian White Helmets Involved with War Crimes Committed by Rebel Groups… https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-20/us-supported-syrian-white-helmets-involved-war-crimes-committed-rebel-groups

Organ theft, staged attacks: UN panel details White Helmets’ criminal activities, media yawns… https://www.rt.com/op-ed/447385-white-helmets-un-panel/

How White Helmets Videos Are Made… https://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/11/how-white-helmets-videos-are-made.html

WhiteHelmetsMannequinChallenge… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qu09EbHvHw

Morons: White Helmets release video showing them posing with alleged airstrike victim for the cameras… ‘…In early October of this year, protesters in Europe easily recreated virtually every “rescue” scene portrayed by “White Helmets” simply by applying flour and red paint to their faces and lying in the streets of European cities. As part of the “Save Aleppo” campaign, the protesters likely sought to bring the “reality” of the “White Helmets'” work to Western audiences, but maybe did so a little too literally – revealing that many of the scenes portrayed by “White Helmet” camera crews in Syria were likely staged in a very similar, theatrical manner…’ https://www.sott.net/article/334435-Morons-White-Helmets-release-video-showing-them-posing-with-alleged-airstrike-victim-for-the-cameras

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MEDIA FALSE FLAG’ – The NGO known as the White Helmets have already been caught staging numerous rescue scenes, allegedly shot in rebel-terrorist-held east Aleppo, Idlib and Daara (Photo Illustration 21WIRE)

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1691

Wrong: the eu did so much for Bulgaria:1: destroyed economy 2. took over its sovereignty. 3. stole the brain power. 4.turn the educated Bulgarians into slaves.4. made Bulgaria a military base…..
Voting before and after has not changed: the votes are not counted. The atlanitisists and sorosoids under the guiding hand of usa appoint the lap dogs. They got Bulgaria into nato and eu for the interest of the globlists. It has nothing to do with the will of the people. Being an american does not make you knowledgeable or better. If so, then just like the jews you live on stolen land.

viktor ziv

I’m sorry to read about it. Hope this will turn into correct road. Take care mate.

1691

Thank you. Godspeed! Happy New Year! Best! And most important: Peace on Earth!

Tudor Miron

Some Bulgarians still remember how Russian soldiers gave their lifes for their freedom -liberating from Ottoman Empire and than again from German nazi.

1691

Bulgarians know who they are. Blood does not turn into water. We are slavs. We are brothers. We have been under attacks from the western parasites but we have not lost our identity. Only the traitors, a handful of them are working round the clock to please their masters.

occupybacon

Bulgaria suffered a humiliation from EU and NATO with the SS, then Germoney jumped on NS2, what a scam.

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