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Dimitar Stoyanov

Dimitar Kinov Stoyanov was born on May 17, 1983, in Sofia. He is the grandson of the prominent Bulgarian writer and dissident, Radoy Ralin (Dimitar Stoyanov), who is the father of his father, Kin Stoyanov.

His mother is the Bulgarian journalist Kapka Georgieva, currently editor-in-chief of the "Ataka" daily, the official newspaper of the far-right Ataka Party. Stoyanov is known to be especially close to his stepfather, the leader of the Ataka Party, Volen Siderov.

Stoyanov joined the Ataka Party while he was still a student of law at Sofia University in the spring of 2005. He became one of the Deputy Chairs of Ataka since its founding on April 17, 2005.

In June 2005, Stoyanov was elected a Member of Parliament on the Ataka ticket. In August 2005, Stoyanov became an Observer to the European Parliament (EP), and, since January 2007, a temporary MEP from the ATAKA quota.

In May 2007, Stoyanov was elected a MEP on the Ataka party ticket; he was the No. 1 candidate on the party EP Elections ticket.

With Ataka adding Stoyanov and two other far-right MEPs, together with 5 new far-right MEPs from Romania, the far-right MEPs in the European Parliament formed the "Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty" group in the European Parliament, a far-right formation of 23 MEPs from 6 European states - 7 from National Front (France), 5 from Greater Romania, 1 independent MEP from Romania, 3 from Flemish Interest (Belgium), 3 from Ataka (Bulgaria) (including Dimitar Stoyanov), 1 from Social Alternative (Italy), 1 from Trocolour Flame (Italy), 1 from Freedom Party (Austria), and 1 independent from the UK.

The ITS Group, however, fell apart in November 2007, as the Greater Romania pulled out of it as the Italian MEP, Alessandra Mussolini (Benito Mussolini's granddaughter) made insulting comments about Romanians, and Stoyanov became an independent MEP.

Dimitar Stoyanov caused a scandal in September 2006 by sending an email to all MEPs that appeared to belittle Roma women. The email was targeted at the Hungarian MEP of Roma origin, L?via J?r?ka, "In my country there are tens of thousands of Gypsy girls way prettier than this honorable one... you may even buy one, around 12-13 years of age, to be your loving wife".

Stoyanov and the Ataka party later claimed that the letter's purpose was to highlight the fact that young girls of Roma origin can be literally bought like cattle, despite the fact that this is a heavy crime which clearly violates Human Rights Legislation.

In the EP, Dimitar Stoyanov is a member of the Committee on Regional Development, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries.

In August 2005, Stoyanov became a Member of the Management Board of the Bulgarian Fencing Federation

Electoral Performance
June 2005 - elected MP on the Ataka party ticket
May 2007 - elected MEP on the Ataka party ticket; he was the No. 1 candidate on the Ataka MEP ticket

Public Service Record
2005 - 2007 - Member of the Bulgarian Parliament from the Ataka party
September 2005 - December 2006 - Observer in the European Parliament (September 2005 - 31 December 2006).
May 2007 - 2009 - Member of the European Parliament from the Ataka party

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