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The creation of Freemasonry lodges and Supreme Councils in our country is becoming business and politics The Russian hybrid war in Bulgaria has a new important target – the unity of Bulgarian Freemasonry. After breaking this unity, the next step would be their subsequent subordination to Kremlin interests and the resulting domination of Russian Masons in the Balkans. The first considerable breakthrough is already a fact – on May 5th this year a constituent assembly for the installation of a new Second Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite was held in Plovdiv. It elected as Grand Commander a very controversial person – Ivan Sariev, who until a year ago was the Grand Master of the local Masons. Just a few weeks later, on
Moscow is not a reliable partner for Washington in combating international terrorism. On the contrary, the Kremlin supports forces in the Middle East and elsewhere that oppose the US. It aims to deflect violent jihadism toward the West both to shield Russia from being targeted and to weaken America’s global influence. Vladimir Putin’s Russia possesses all the attributes of a terrorist sponsor, by engaging in terrorist attacks against its own population and playing a significant role in developing terrorist networks outside its borders. Russia’s security services have engaged in domestic terrorism both to subdue and manipulate public opinion. The most notorious outrage occurred in September 1999 shortly before Putin was appointed President. John Dunlop, a distinguished scholar at the Hoover Institution, in his landmark book The Moscow Bombings of
„Kalugin slept and dreamed that as he knelt in the bushes, a militiaman passed by. Kalugin awoke, scratched his mouth, slept again and dreamed again that he was passing by the bushes and in the bushes a miliatiaman was hiding and kneeling there. Kalugin awoke, placed a newspaper under his head so as not to soil the pillow, slept again, and dreamed again that he knelt in the bushes and beside the bushes there passed a militiaman. (…) Kalugin screamed and shifted about in bed, but could not waken…” From “Dream” by Daniil Harms, 22 August 1936 Who’s to say that writers aren’t prophets? Not only science-fiction writers, but also the absurdists. Especially in Russia. The nightmare of Kalugin with the militiaman who never ceases to
Why the movies avoid Communism “We come from Bulgaria,” says Annina Brandel, a newlywed played by Joy Page. She is addressing Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, in the 1942 film Casablanca. “Things are very bad there, monsieur,” Annina explains. “The devil has the people by the throat. Jan and I do not want our children to grow up in such a country.” The trouble is, they have no money, and Annina contemplates sex with Captain Renault, played by Claude Rains, to gain a visa. Annina asks Rick if the captain is trustworthy and if her “bad thing” would be all right if she kept it locked in her heart. “Go back to Bulgaria,” Rick says, but then he rigs the roulette table so Jan wins and
The trade and economic relations between Bulgaria and Russia in our modern history have never been ones of balanced nature – neither as a level, nor as a structure. Thanks to Petersburg’s doctrine for keeping Bulgaria dependent after 1879 by making Bulgarians cover the expenses of the Russian troops during the occupation, pay various debts out of gratitude and by outright racket in exchange for the non-interference of Russia in our internal affairs, the relations between Bulgarian and Russian business have always been crooked and unequal. Perhaps the period between the recovery of relations and the Second World War is one of the rare instances of a relatively balanced relationship. Moscow has always burdened economics and trade with a certain political agenda. After the Second World War, Bulgaria