Lozan Panov: Dark times in Bulgarian justice yet to come

“The dark times in Bulgarian justice are yet to come. The rule of law and the division of powers are highly compromised and key state institutions have been captured by private interests.” That statement was made by the chairman of the Supreme Court of Cassation…

KONPI cleans up best

“KONPI did a lot of work.” Prime minister Boyko Borisov’s words are from an interview for bTV in reply to the question whether he trusted the chairman of the Commission for Combating Corruption and the Withdrawal of Illegally Acquired Property (KPKONPI), Plamen Georgiev. In the…

How Borisov set Bulgaria in blackmailing war between Russia and Ukraine

Using talking points, fueling myths, lack of concreteness, financial commitments on the part of Bulgaria only and deep diving in the blackmailing war between Russia and Ukraine. That is the summary result of Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Bulgaria and his meeting with…

Borisov, dream investment and post-truth

The word “post-truth”, strange as it may seem at first, was declared Word of the Year 2016 by the Oxford Dictionaries. According to the authors of the dictionary, post-truth is defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in…

I know what you did in 2015

The attempt on Emilian Gebrev’s life was most probably the doing of an officer of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces (GRU), who was connected with the use of Novichok against Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom. That discovery of the investigative…

Radev’s hypocrisy

One word suffices to describe Rumen Radev’s stay in the presidential office on the eve of his second year there. Hypocrisy. The president is a hypocrite. No matter whether he is aware of that role or simply does not understand what he has taken up…

Democracy of secret societies

Democracy by definition is a political system based on publicity and openness. It is publicity and openness of the political debate that are the guarantee against the usurpation of public affairs and assets by tyrants and oligarchs. That was how it was planned by the…

Second Russian bank has control over BTC

46% of the telecom has been pledged to Bank Otkritie: the Russian lender which was rescued from bankruptcy through nationalization and which is believed to be extremely close to Kremlin   A Russian bank that was recently rescued from bankruptcy with the help of the…

Borisov’s privatization: few competitive procedures, a lot of Peevski

“An overarching priority of the Privatization Agency in 2010 will be completing the privatization of the state’s equity in Bulgartabac Holding.” The year is 2009 and GERB leader Boyko Borisov has just taken power for the first time. The year will remain in history with…

Behind the scenes of “Ginka buying energy distributor”

It may be less than two months since the beginning of 2018 but the sale of the electricity distribution business in Bulgaria of Czech state-owned CEZ can certainly be nominated as “deal of the year”. Firstly, because it is a key asset that has implications…