Objectives and impact mechanism of Russian propaganda aggression

Extraordinary reports on propaganda war III

The report analyses and identifies the objectives of the Russian propaganda aggression in geopolitical terms on the territory of Southeastern Europe and Bulgaria. The identified objectives are based on official positions of the Russian authorities, the stands of the pro-government Russian media and analyses of publications of institutions and analysts, close to Kremlin. The objectives of the Russian propaganda in Bulgaria are arranged as follows: 1. Internal destabilization with ‘friendly forces’ coming into power; 2. Withdrawal from EU and NATO; 3. Turning Bulgaria into a ‘steady ally’ of Russia and, at the same time, a springboard in the Balkans.

Analyses and conclusions have been made using the positions of the political exponents and the public attitudes of their supporters by parliamentary represented parties and coalitions.

The conclusion is that the objectives of the Russian propaganda aggression in regards to Bulgaria have been achieved: after the annexation of Crimea the Bulgarian political consensus on the country’s membership of NATO and EU has been lost.

Our prediction is that the foreign propaganda has been undermining the public support for the Euro-Atlantic security thus creating a risk for the national security and increasing the possibility for destabilization of the internal political situation. A recommendation is given in this context.

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