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Bulgaria: further away from Russia’s claws, but still close enough

Bulgaria: further away from Russia’s claws, but still close enough

An unprecedented diplomatic row between Russia and Bulgaria as the latter plunged into a political crisis


Is Bulgaria the weak link in Europe’s fight against Russian disinformation?

Is Bulgaria the weak link in Europe’s fight against Russian disinformation?

Pro-Kremlin propaganda has been flooding the country for years, fracturing the social fabric and offering a fruitful environment for the spread of disinformation


The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 2: The real players

The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 2: The real players

In the second article of a two-part series, KInsights explores how Putin’s war in Ukraine exposed that Bulgarian politics remains hostage to a powerful pro-Kremlin network holding key positions in the state


Concern, not condemn: Bulgaria’s response to the Ukraine escalation

Concern, not condemn: Bulgaria’s response to the Ukraine escalation

Behind the strongly worded support for Ukrainian integrity, many in Sofia still prefer to tread lightly so as not to anger the Kremlin and its zealots here



A very Balkan debacle

A very Balkan debacle

Bulgaria’s blockage of N. Macedonia’s EU accession bid


The Great Patriotic Rearmament

The Great Patriotic Rearmament

Despite the pandemic, Bulgaria went on a military spending spree in 2020 – and pledges to continue


Russia’s Economic Grip on the Western Balkans

Russia’s Economic Grip on the Western Balkans

The Kremlin uses its influence in the region to try to divert it from Euro-Atlantic integration


Russian-made, oligarchy-funded propaganda machine

Russian-made, oligarchy-funded propaganda machine

How has hybrid propaganda so easily penetrated Bulgaria’s social space and what does this mean for society and democracy within Bulgaria?


No immediate threats loom on the horizont

No immediate threats loom on the horizont

But social discontent from increasing social inequality could erode the support for ruling coalition in the mid to long term


Bulgaria in Trump’s World

Bulgaria in Trump’s World

The European Union is again tremendously important


Bulgarian race for top UN job

Bulgarian race for top UN job

How Bulgaria missed a fairly good chance for a Bulgarian to head the UN