Russian Expat Invasion on Bulgaria's Southern Coast
Tsarevo and Lozenets, picturesque and cozy seaside resort on Bulgaria’s southern coast, have proved hot spots for Russians looking to settle permanently here.
“Russian citizens are most attracted to the cities of Tsarevo and Lozenets among the Bulgarian seaside resorts and each year we have first time visitors becoming permanent residents.“, announced the mayor of Tsarevo municipality, Mr. Georgi Lapchev at a meeting with the Russian ambassador in Bulgaria, Yuriy Isakov.
The far south location of Tsarevo municipality appears to be getting more interest from Russian visitors now, since the opening of the reconstructed road Tsarevo-Ahtopol-Sinemorets-Rezovo makes it easier to access.
"Russians are visiting the far south of Tsarevo not only for the nature, but also for the cultural heritage promoted by the municipality“, said ambassador Isakov at his visit of the local museum in Tsarevo.
In Burgas, the city's mayor Dimitar Nikolov met with the new ambassador of Belarus in Bulgaria, Vladimir Voronkovich.
A total of 120 thousand Belarusian tourists have been on a vacation in Bulgaria this year and 80% of them opted for south coast resorts, mainly Sunny Beach, Sozopol and Primorsko, according to the ambassador.
The ambassador said that there were no problems in regards of travel visa issuing for the Belarusian citizens.
"As far as I know Bulgaria intends to introduce a 5 year validity period visa regime for Belarusian citizens that will significantly relieve tourists."
Mr. Voronkovich also commented on the visa application charge of EUR 60:
"It is not a big issue, but the same money could have been spend by the Belarusian tourists in the Bulgarian resorts, instead of being collected for visa fees."
Thirty-eight thousand Russian citizens have made real estate purchases in the area of the municipality of Nesebar, according to data of the town hall administration of Burgas.
A lot of Englishmen also own properties in Nesebar, but their number is a small one compared to the many Russians that have made their home there.
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"Mr. Voronkovich also commented on the visa application charge of EUR 60: "It is not a big issue, but the same money could have been spend by the Belarusian tourists in the Bulgarian resorts, instead of being collected for visa fees.".....................
How petty, pointless and insulting to focus on a 5 year visa fee of Euro 60, and to claim that BG would be far better off if the Russian tourists spent that piddly amount in the resorts. So in other words they want free visas.
Anyway, 5 year visas should not be granted to anyone. It just enables all sorts of riff raff to come and go as they please and without much scrutiny (until it is too late).
And as far as "Russian Expat Invasion on Bulgaria's Southern Coast".......................................
No, No, No, No, No! It is bad enough that the Russian plague continues, it never left; but now they are allowed to buy up the prime spots on the BG coastline (that which hasn't already been snapped up and ruined long ago by the Oligarchs). I am not adverse to expats in general from other nations buying property and living in BG, but it has to be limited. It is just ludicrous and unbearable to think of tens of thousands of Russians owning the Bulgarian coastline and creating their insular gated ghettos and lording it over Bulgarians (as they already do). It is simply WRONG. Wake up Bulgarians, your land has been slowly but surely given away to and taken over by BG mafia and Russians. What a disgrace it is to all the Bulgarians living and deceased in recent history, WW2 onwards, and all that they fought for, suffered for and died for, to be able to be free and proud people in their own nation and to be rid of Communist influence. It is just sickening. Why is Bulgaria continuously hell bent on a self destruction course? Every article or political statement that I read in the BG news and regarding BG, has ALWAYS got something to do with Russia. Why? Enough is enough. Who gives a rat's about Russia? When are we going to grow up and move on and join the real world and become a truly inspiring and independant nation? BG has been governed by idiots for far too long.