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gazoprovod

  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”

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PROTEST1

  On September 3, an event of historic significance occurred. Few have grasped the historic footprint of what should have been a standard diplomatic disagreement between the Russian Embassy in Sofia and the Bulgarian MFA. This date will remain in the annals of history, if not as a marker of the end of the transition from Soviet to European type of self-consciousness in Bulgaria, as the first formal challenge of the Bulgarian authorities to the monopoly of the Soviet narrative on the Soviet-Bulgarian history around and after September 9th, 1944.   The case that triggered the whole story was the exhibition “75 Years since the Liberation of Eastern Europe from Nazism”, organized by the Russian Embassy in Bulgaria, which is part of a major global undertaking by the Russian MFA

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ilian vassilev

The interview first published in icis.com on 2019/09/03. Author: Aura Sabadus LONDON (ICIS)–A renewed nuclear arms race and climate activism may lend a new lease of life to nuclear power generation for now, but cheap gas and hefty state subsidies are sapping its long-term business case, Bulgaria’s former ambassador to Russia told ICIS. Ilian Vassilev, an energy market specialist, described cheap nuclear energy as a contradiction in terms, not only due to state aid forked out in the form of grants, benefits or exemptions, but also production costs, waste fuel and storage management or substantial risk insurance. “Long-term PPAs [power purchase agreements] are quickly becoming a relic, which undermines the sustainability of the revenue base needed to substantiate ultra-capital intensive nuclear power plants (NPPs). NPPs are impossible without state support in one

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Christo Kovachki

  The news on the expression of interest from Rosatom, CNNC and the South Korean Hydro Nuclear Company to act as strategic investors in The Belene NPP comes as no surprise. The three companies could have filed a similar non-binding EoI a year ago without risking much, if anything. The other ‘contenders’ serve more a PR purpose, as they deal with the supply of equipment and the purchase of electricity which are irrelevant at this stage. The supplies and the subcontracting parts are sequential to the selection of the strategic investor(s). So are the long-term PPAs that should be executed at a much later stage. Mixing different items into one tender does not make much professional sense. However it is good to make headlines – a proof that there is

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slavi trifonov

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geshev

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Снимка: БГНЕС

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ilian vassilev

  There is little doubt that the hackers attack on the National Revenue Agency’s (NPA) database has been engineered and sponsored by the Russian secret services. In the best of Russian tsarist masquerade traditions, the act will be disguised as a lone effort by a concerned Russian citizen who has taken to heart the destiny of Bulgaria and its society. This is what propaganda and Byzantine politics are all about. The hackers will assume the moral high ground, claiming that the Bulgarian government is corrupt and inadequate. And while much of this rings true, demagoguery lies at the core of the hybrid warfare waged by the Russian special services. The use of credible and tangible weak spots and vulnerabilities in the governance of the country will arouse mistrust and undermine

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borisov peevski cacarov

  The takeover of the Military Intelligence Service is just one more episode in the saga of Dogan-Peevsky’s circle attempting to take full control over all essential secret services.     The first move in that direction was the creation in 2008 of the State Agency for National Security, abbreviated as SANS. This agency shelters the Military Police and the Military Counter-Intelligence in order to have adequate control over the military, the Financial Intelligence to make sure it did not work against them and their Russian partner capital, including that of the political elite parked in the Gulf States, the Civil Counterintelligence to make sure there are no new cases of exposed Russian agents and consequent expulsions and the Economic Intelligence which monitors attempts by Russian capital to control whole

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russia

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