Bulgaria: Prosecutors investigating the pro-Russian party leader appeals to a breach of quarantine21.04.2020
Bulgarian prosecutors have launched an investigation through statements by the leader of the pro-Russian nationalist Ataka Party, Volen Siderov, who called on people to break restrictive measures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
The Sofia District Prosecutor’s Office said on April 13 that Siderov was suspected of inciting a crime when he “repeatedly called for a violation of the health minister’s order.” Among other things, Siderov called on TV on April 12 to ignore social distance measures and not wear masks during Easter celebrations to “prove that God is stronger”.
Bulgaria has been in an emergency situation since March 13, all schools, universities, kindergartens and non-food shops are closed and parks are also forbidden. Starting April 12, wearing a face mask is mandatory in all public places. Churches remain open, but the government urges people to stay home.
Siderov’s party has six members of the Bulgarian Parliament and has traditionally stood in support of Russia and against the European Union and NATO.