The spy affair involving the top Russophile in Bulgaria – Nikolay Malinov, has received an ominous turn in the last three days. Mr. Malinov was miraculously granted a three-day exemption from the ban to leave the country, allowing him to fly to Moscow and receive a Soviet time Оrder of Friendship from President Putin. The motives are clear – for outstanding contributions to the Russian nation. Mr. Malinov is what ideally fits into the term ‘Russian agent of influence.’ The invitation and the ceremony were all carefully staged showcase of Vladimir Putin’s imperial hiatus. In the case of Mr. Malinov, it was a clear case of marked red lines the Bulgarian PM Borissov should not cross. The most intriguing part of the story is the five-minute
Shortly after the October 20th visit of the head of Russia’s Civil Intelligence Sergey Naryshkin, an S-400 division and Panzer rocket-artillery system arrived in Serbia. They are supposed to take part in the second part of the joint military drills ‘Slavic shield – 2019’ that will span October 23-29th. The news generated fresh concerns about a possible permanent deployment of the S-400, leading to widespread geopolitical repercussions. More than 200 Serbian military experts were flown to Russia two months ago to take part in the first leg of the ‘Slavic Shield-2019’ military drills in the region of Astrakhan, which included training and live-fire tests with S-400. This summer, NATO-member Romania banned the river transport of Russian armored vehicles to Serbia. Russia then flew them over NATO member
The effect of LNG and newly sourced gas in the Southern Gas Corridor will spread across the CEE and the SEE and put the heat on Russia’s gas monopoly. In other words, if hidden and overt preferential treatment for Gazexport is revoked, this will result in lower prices or market shares for the incumbent monopoly. Reverse supplies via the Trans-Balkan Pipeline could start as early as January 1st, 2020, bringing gas from Turkey, Greece, and the Southern Gas Corridor to clients in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Slovakia even before Turk Stream gas crosses the Bulgarian border. Demand for Nord Stream-2 south and eastbound gas exports via Opal and Eugal gas pipelines should wane with lower price differentials amid rising competition from the Southern Gas Corridor and LNG.
The Interview by Vasil Vasilev first published in faktor.bg on 07/10/2019. The liberals were wrong to manipulate Greta Thunberg; anti-Christian ideals are being re-shaped into environmental philosophy Democrats in the US have shot themselves in their good foot The outcome of the political crisis in Israel will be important for the world, states the former Bulgarian MP Dimitar Ivanov – Mr. Ivanov, what will be the consequences of the impeachment against Donald Trump? – Six hours after Donald Trump delivered his speech before the UN, declaring that globalism was dead and the future belonged to nation states, Nancy Pelosi launched a procedure for the US president’s impeachment. The ground was ridiculous and Trump himself called the Democrats’ actions “witch hunt garbage”. I absolutely agree with him. In my
Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by Emperor Trajan in AD 106 to commemorate his victory over the Dacians to the north of the Danube. It is located near the present-day village of Nikyup whose name originates from the similarly named Roman town. The first archaeological excavations in Nicopolis ad Istrum were carried out in 1900 by the French archaeologist Georges Seure. The regular excavations began in 1975, while from 1985 onwards the town has been explored by a Bulgarian–British archaeological team. One of the most fascinating objects discovered by chance near Nicopolis ad Istrum was a bronze head of a statue of Emperor Gordian III, nowadays exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia. Recently, America for Bulgaria Foundation provided a grant for the preservation of the inscriptions discovered
The Turk Stream is not only about bypassing Ukraine. It is a direct response by Gazprom to challenge the Southern Gas Corridor and natural gas from the Caspian Sea. The race to secure parallel routes, block transmission and storage capacities have been part and parcel of the strategy to protect market shares and pre-empt competitors from the gas market in South East, East and Central Europe, where Russia used to sell more than 70 billion cubic meters. The CEE market has long been considered ‘isolated’ thus doomed to be captured. Yet it remains critical for Gazprom’s revenue base as regional gas prices also include a monopoly premium. Natural gas prices for Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria are over $220 per thousand cubic meters, while at gas hubs in “old Europe”