Bulgaria

Bulgarian Publisher’s Acquittal Welcomed by Media Freedom Watchdogs

Ivo Prokopiev, independent publisher and businessman. Photo: Wikimedia commons/Gabriel VanHelsing Media watchdogs welcomed the acquittal in Bulgaria on Sunday of the independent publisher and businessman Ivo Prokopiev, describing the charges against him as retaliatory and as intended to stifle investigative reporting. Prokopiev, former finance minister Simeon Dyankov and former economy …

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Bulgaria Protesters Take to Streets Over New Environment Threat

Protests in several Bulgarian towns on Thursday condemned amendments to the Biodiversity Act, which they say will potentially harm protected zones, delay protective measures and introduce commercial construction work to those areas. Peaceful protests occurred in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Ruse, Pazardjik, Blagoevgrad, Botevgrad, as well as on the Kara Dere …

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Treasure Hunting Targets Bulgaria Archaeological Sites

Bulgaria is a country of many unexcavated archaeological sites with cultural treasures as yet unearthed. However, these archaeological sites are regularly plundered by treasure hunters looking to sell on what they find to collectors. This video has been produced by ARTE and published by BIRN, as part of our publishing …

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Bedroom Photos Leave Bulgarian Prime Minister Red-faced

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in Sofia, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is facing a torrid time after photos of a weapon and stacks of cash allegedly taken in his bedroom were leaked to the media. “Borissov voluntarily handed over the government of Bulgaria to behind-the-scenes …

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Media-Savvy Fugitive Bulgarian Oligarch Hints at Political Ambitions

Bulgarian tycoon Vassil Bojkov, who is in exile avoiding charges in the UAE, is busy dropping hints at forming an opposition party to the current ruling GERB and United Patriots parties. Announcing that his party would be called Bulgarian Summer, Bojkov has been posting numerous ideas about its future and …

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Ghetto-Blasters: The Danish Neighbourhood Battling Eviction

The UN Committee on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights and the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has also expressed concerns about the use of this term. It warned that Denmark’s reference to “non-Western descendants” sends a message that may have a counter-effect to …

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Visionary Bulgarian-born Artist Christo Passes Away

Photo: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Official / Facebook. Influential contemporary artist Hristo Vladimirov Javacheff “Christo” passed away of natural causes at the age of 84 in New York, his representatives announced little before midnight on May 31. “Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible …

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Bulgaria Charity Warns Domestic Violence Worsening in Pandemic

Illustration. Photo: Unsplash/Melanie Wasser An already worrying situation with domestic and gender-based violence in Bulgaria has worsened during the state of emergency, according to an NGO working in the field, the Sofia-based Bulgarian Fund for Women. Eight women have lost their lives after being killed by their partner since the …

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