Neo-Nazism Present in Bulgaria, Russian Foreign Ministry Believes
Several nationalist structures, including the Bulgarian National Movement and the Bulgarian National Union, show signs of "neo-Nazism", a report by the Russian Foreign Ministry argues.
The text is called "Neo-Nazism: A Dangerous Threat to Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law" and brings to the attentions the revival of "Adolf Hitler's ideology" in some European regions.
These parties "stand for the purity of the Bulgarian race and its superiority over others."
"Ultranationalist literature is popular in the country," according to the report, which further reads: "it is possible to freely buy "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler, the works of Paul Joseph Goebbels, as well as of foreign and Bulgarian nationalists and Holocoust deniers, such as Richard Harwood, A. Panayotov, B. Stankov and others."
"Xenophobic vandalism in cemeteries and attacks on religious buildings happen regularly. According to the Bulgarian media, around 200 mosques were desecrated over the past two decades in Bulgaria," the text goes on.
It argues that Nazi symbols such as "flags and swastikas" are "regularly noted" at Bulgarian stadiums, and that groups of teenagers and young people "openly show their affiliations to neo-Nazi movements."
The report notes that the Lukov March ("Lukovmarsh" in Bulgarian), a torch-lit procession in the Bulgarian capital Sofia to honor Gen Hristo Lukov, a supporter of Bulgaria's alliance with Nazi Germany in World War Two, was only banned last year by local authorities and successfully took place in 2015.
According to the document, there are also "repeated attempts to glorify German National Socialism and its supporters", and monuments to anti-Nazi figures are "regularly desecrated", including those dedicated to solders in the anti-Hitler coalition.
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