Who is the 'Tour De Force' behind Boyko Bоrisov?

Letters to the Editor | November 9, 2011, Wednesday // 12:23

After Bulgaria's Presidential and Mayoral elections Boyko Borisov and his GERB government / political party have consolidated their power over Bulgaria, with a stranglehold grip and now have a mandate to essentially do what they like for the next two years.

At the GERB press conference that followed (with speeches by Borisvo and his fellow partners), Borisov launched into a vitriolic attack on the last Socialist PM, his party and the communists that ruled Bulgaria for forty five years, blaming all the present woes of the country on all of them. What Borisvo failed to admit was that he and most of the political parties and their prominent members, owe their existence and everything to the situation that the communists left Bulgaria in after 1989, when the plunder and pillage of the countries assets started in earnest.

There are many examples of the systematic distribution of the state property that were planned before 1989, but did not appear until that date when most companies where formed and lots of people became very wealthy over night. Don't forget that in 1989 the total worth of Bulgarian state assets were valued at 30 billion US dollars and only 10% of that figure has ever been recouped

Also, 1989 was the start of a new era for the ex Soviet countries when they at last embraced democracy, but for Bulgaria and Russia it was the beginning of the end for absolute state control and the signal for the distribution of wealth to the people close to the old powers and their hangers on. These people now control their countries through crime, corruption, politics, judiciary and business cartels.

Having the right connections in any walk of life is important for a person's advancement and looking back over Borisov's rapid climb to his present position, is it blatantly obvious that he had lots. His first stroke of luck was having his father Metodi working in the Ministry of Interior (the forerunner of the present MOI), as an official. This gave the young ambitious Borisov a great start in life and a foothold on the ladder for what lay ahead. But, the biggest connection was yet to come!

In 1988 Borisov and his wife swapped partners with Tsvetelina Borislavova and her husband and this is when Borisov's climb accelerated even beyond his own expectations and answers lots of the questions about his intelligence and ability with things today.

Tsvetelina Borislavova is very smart and has not become Bulgaria's richest women by coincidence, without lots of useful connections from the past. Her father was in the former intelligence service and was posted to various countries via the Bulgarian embassies there. Her former husband's (and Boyko's friend and swapping partner) father was a member of the Bulgarian Politburo and also an ambassador, so everything was in place for things to happen when the distribution of Bulgarian wealth started.

Ipon-1, the vehicle for Borisov's advancement was founded in 1989, with Tsvetelina Borislavova and him as the two partners. Quickly, Todor Zhivkov (who was under house arrest) along with Ex King Simeon 11 where clients of the company, with Borisvo being their personal body guard. In 2001-05 Borisov rose to the rank of a general and became Chief Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior under the ex King's patronage.

In 2005 Borisov became mayor of Sofia and in 2006 GERB was formed as a political party and the rest is history.

This for me answers a lot of questions how a person of Borisov's intelligence could do all the things he has achieved, without someone else being the guiding force, by using their connections and expertise to put him where he is today.

They say that behind every successful man there's a woman.......

Keith Gregory

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