ruska tabela moreto1

  Versed for decades in the mantras of eternal brotherhood and friendship with the Soviet Union, Bulgarians may find these lines bordering on heresy. Many would not sound the alarm even if the number of Russian speakers tops one million. Even though the immediate risk and threat profile of the rising Russian speaking minority is low, the impact on Bulgarian democracy, the political process, the national security and NATO-EU integration capacity can hardly be ignored or left unnoticed.   It is not only the demographic and immigration footprints that are in question – the Bulgarian authorities should be well aware of the number of holders of Russian passports who have Permanent or Temporary Residence Status, as well as the numbers of tourists with extended holiday stay.   The Bulgarian state


Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.

velikden rusia

Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.


Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.


Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.

Ilian Vassilev NTV

Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.


Sorry, this entry is only available in Bulgarian.

This entry was posted in Bulgaria and tagged , , , , , , , , by Violeta Radeva.

About Violeta Radeva

Д-р Виолета Радева е журналистка, работила дълги години във в. "Демокрация". Публикувала е статии на литературни и исторически теми, както и политически анализи в редица списания и вестници. Сценаристка е на документалните филми на БНТ "Диарбекирски заточеници", "В примката на мълчанието. Змей Горянин" (първа награда на фестивала "Осма муза" през 2006 г.) и "Потомци на Фичето". Авторка на книгите "Рилският чудотворец", "От първо лице" и "Везната на бъдещето". Съставител и редактор на книгата "Спасителното упование" от Невена Крапчева.

  The Kremlin has long realized that Russophilia in its traditional formula is unfit to assist its goal of having a firm grip on contemporary processes in Europe. It is ever more difficult in an integrated continent that is gradually reinforcing internal connectivity to the extent that external influences are isolated or at least marginalized so that they are unable to serve as a tool of Russian foreign policy. The energy “grand slam” that was planned for Bulgaria was part of a larger arrangement which was supposed to give Russia guarantees that even after joining the EU, Bulgaria would remain critically tied to Moscow’s interests. This brought about Ambassador Chizhov’s statement that Bulgaria would serve as Russia’s “Trojan horse”, being a nation of Russophiles by vocation and interest. The perimeter

Lubyanka_KGB (1)

  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


  You will not grasp her with your mind Or cover with a common label, For Russia is one of a kind – Believe in her, if you are able.* Fyodor Tyutchev, 1866 (Transl. A. Liberman)   For years on end I have been looking for logic in the actions of politicians and businessmen who insist on advertising themselves as Russophiles. With this clarification, I intend to exclude from the scope of this analysis idealists who claim to have an intangible/spiritual, quasi-religious devotion to everything Russian. Many of them do not speak Russian, nor do they have an in-depth knowledge of Russian literature and culture, yet they have been indoctrinated in the folklore of the Soviet Union and Russia as instilled since our childhood. However, do not think for a