Russia hands out $300 million in bribes to politicians every year
An extraordinary 3.2 million BGN was allocated on Wednesday by the acting government of the National Tax Agency.
The money is to be used to build a new counterintelligence communications agency and pay for agents.
BGN 1.2 million will cost the construction of the communication and information system for the exchange of classified information in real time. The remaining BGN 2 million are for its maintenance, as well as for the development and implementation of new information technologies, salaries for the people who will work with it, etc.
The government’s decision came on the day that “24 Chasa” described the DANS 2021 report, in which the service explicitly states that Russia interferes in politics, business, but also in the media in Bulgaria.
Russia pays $300 million a year in bribes to foreign political parties and officials, according to a US intelligence report announced yesterday.
The bribes have been handed out since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea, and the practice continues. According to the Americans, this is happening in 24 countries.
The report was signed by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. He cited a new intelligence assessment of global Russian efforts to covertly finance Moscow-sympathetic politicians and parties.
The text did not name specific targets of the campaign, but said the US was providing individual countries with classified information on the subject. According to a Reuters source, Moscow tried to influence the recent elections in Albania, Bosnia and Montenegro.
Russia used its covert influence campaign as a front for organizations through which it sent money to favored causes or politicians, the report also said. These include think tanks in Europe and state-owned enterprises in Central America, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. On Monday, the State Department sent a diplomatic cable to the embassies and consulates of the United States, in which concerns about Russian interference were presented. According to the cable program, Russia plans to transfer “hundreds of millions of dollars” to sympathizing parties and politicians around the world.