Politickeck: False and misleading statements by Bulgarian politicians


In our PolitiCheck category the Factcheck.bg team examined the legitimacy of statements made by Bulgarian politicians in 2022. Here are some of them:

Parliament members used falsehoods and misleading statements as arguments against sending weapons to Kyiv. It is not true that Ukraine has banned studying Bulgarian in schools, there is no evidence that any Bulgarians were killed during riots in Odessa on 2 May 2014 and it is misleading to say that sending weapons would “drag us into the war”. Read more here.

MP Ivaylo Mirchev’s claim that the Netehrlands is willing to give away its F-16 fighter jets to Bulgaria if Bulgaria sends its MiG-29s and SU-25s to Ukraine is misleading. Read more here.

GERB leader Boyko Borissov said that some voters who chose the “I do not support any candidate” option at the last election did that because they could not find the button for flipping to the next page on the digital ballot. That statement is not true. Read more here.

It is not true that Germany’s constitutional court ruled voting machines were unreliable. A statement to that effect was made by BSP leader Kornelia Ninova. Read more here (content in Bulgarian).

Former deputy prime minister and minister of finance Assen Vassilev said MRF MP Delyan Peevski only had 4 days of attendance throughout the entire term of the 47th parliament. That statement is not true. Read more here.

The Facebook page for the party Bulgaski vazhod (Bulgarian ascent) published a misleading photograph of a woman counting coins. The image was meant as an illustration for the party’s position against adopting the euro in Bulgaria. The photograph is from a Russian source and actually shows a woman counting roubles. Read more here (content in Bulgarian).

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Factcheck.bg is an initiative of the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria. The aim of the team is to support the efforts of journalists to provide verified and reliable information by engaging in fact-checking in current news, public speeches and social media posts.

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