Bulgaria's Greatest Public Scandals and Blunders in 2012
Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council was among the top producers of scandals in 2012. Photo by BGNES
Following is a ranking of the most important public and political scandals and gaffes in Bulgaria in 2012, according to the journalists of Novinite.bg, Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency), and Novinite.ru
Greatest Public Scandals in Bulgaria in 2012
1. Scandals in the Bulgarian judiciary – failure of two Constitutional Court nominations, dismissal of judge Miroslava Todorova, suspicious election of a new of Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) and of Sotir Tsatsarov as the new Chief Prosecutor, failure of the SAPARD trial, acquittal of notorious lobbyist Krasio the Black
2. Scandal in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church with the scramble of the bishops over who should succeed deceased Patriarch Maxim
3. Disappearance of notorious mobsters Plamen Galev and Angel Hristov, aka the Galevi Brothers, after they were finally sentenced to five years in prison for organized crime
4. Scandal following revelations that Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov transported his amateur football club, known as the Bistritsa Tigers, using the plane of the Bulgarian government
5. Changing the question for Bulgaria's referendum for a second nuclear power plant regardless of the fact that several hundred thousand Bulgarian citizens has signed a petition with a question focusing specifically on the Belene NPP project
6. Rejection by the Holy See of the nomination of Kiril Marichkov Jr. as Bulgaria's new Ambassador to the Vatican
7. Corruption scandal in Bulgaria's Scientific Research Fund
8. Scandal over the bonuses that senior Bulgarian civil servants in the Registry Agency awarded to themselves
9. Hoheger Scandal – suspicions that Austrian politicians were bribed with money from the Bulgarian government through Austrian lobbyist Peter Hoheger
10. Subsiding of the Lukoil saga in which, after several months of a conflict with the state, the Lukoil Neftochim refinery in Bulgaria got back its licenses that were repealed in 2011 over alleged violations
Bulgaria's Greatest Public Blunders in 2012
1. Refusal of the CRIM Special Committee of the European Parliament focused on organized crime, corruption, and money laundering to investigate the reports of the so called "dark past" of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov based on leaked US diplomatic cables on WikiLeaks
2. Failed attempt to adopt amendments to the Bulgarian Electoral Code in Parliament
3. Failed campaign of former Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov to take over the leadership of the Bulgarian Socialist Party
4. Postponement once again of the launch of Danube Bridge 2 between Bulgaria and Romania, which was supposed to be launched by the end of 2012
5. Weak results of Bulgarian athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London which resulted in a record low number of Olympic medals for Bulgaria
6. Repeated statements by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov that today's Bulgaria is more democratic than ever before as well as a whole range of other "boykovisms"
7. Statement by Bulgarian Socialist Party MP Anton Kutev that socialism, and the BSP respectively, is like AIDS – its membership is "inherited or sexually transmitted"
8. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov napping and texting during the 2012 Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo
9. Failed Bulgarian business forum in Qatar followed by the dismissal of Bulgaria's then Economic Minister Traicho Traikov
10. Frontpage headline in a leading Bulgarian sports daily: "CSKA's New Players - Italian, Swede and Two Blackies".
*Given the large number of scandals and gaffes in Bulgaria public life these lists do not claim to be absolutely exhaustive
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