Who Is Who: Bulgaria New Defense Minister Gen. Anyu Angelov
Reserve Lieutenant General, Anyu Angelov, was born on 22 December 1942 in the southern Bulgarian city of Haskovo.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio Electronic Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Operational and Strategic Leadership of Defense and Armed Forces.
Angelov is a graduate of the National Military Artillery College and the “G. S. Rakovski” National Defense Academy. Angelov has completed a postgraduate specialization course at the General Staff Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in Moscow and has taken a special course for officers at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.
Angelov started his career as Commander of an autonomous platoon, and was later appointed Department Deputy Chief at the Land Forces Air Defense Command, Chief of Staff and Brigade Commander. From 1987 to 1990 he was Land Forces Air Defense Chief of Staff, and from 1990 to 1992 he served as Land Forces Air Defense Commander in Chief. Until 1994 Angelov was Deputy Commander in Chief of the Bulgarian Land Forces, and from December 1994 to September 1997 he was Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces.
From November 1997 to August 2000, Angelov was Defense Attaché of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Later on, until February 2002, he was Commandant of the “G. S. Rakovski” National Defense Academy. For a short period of time in 2002, he was also Director for Defense Planning at the Ministry of Defence.
Before assuming office as Deputy Defense Minister Minister in the summer of 2009, Anyu Angelov was President of the Center for National Security Research Foundation.
Angelov is an Honorable member of NATO Defense College Alumni Association.
The General has been awarded an order of merit, medals, a Commendation Medal “For Meritorious Service under the National Colors” – First Degree. He also had received twice a personal weapon – handgun and binoculars, as well as other non-monetary awards.
Angelov is married, with two sons.
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For once, Balgarska is right. Given that the BG armed forces are stuffed full of old commies, this old Brezhnevite will command "respect" among the officer corps.
Anybody who expected the former bodyguard of Zhivkov to be a "true blue" has been suffering from delusions!