Bulgaria's World Champ Maxim Staviiski: My Life is Turned Upside Down Forever

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's World Champ Maxim Staviiski: My Life is Turned Upside Down Forever World ice dancing champion Maxim Staviiski faces up to ten years behind bars if found guilty of deadly drink driving. Photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia Photo Agency)

Bulgaria's world ice dancing champion Maxim Staviiski, who triggered on Sunday a drunk driving crash that killed one, said all he wanted was a fair trial.

"I am at a loss for words with which to express the way I feel. I am very distressed and shocked by what happened. I would like to express my deepest and most sincere sympathies with the families of the victims," Staviiski said in his first comment after the horrible accident.

"This is a huge tragedy, it is very personal and affects everyone close to me. I know that this will turn upside down my life and the life of Albena forever," reads the statement that the world ice dancing champion sent to the Bulgarian News Agency.

"The only thing that I can do and pray for now is help anyway I can to save the life of Manuela and see Valentin and Yoana recovered," he said, referring to the girl who was hospitalized in coma after the crash and other two casualties.

Staviiski concluded by saying he is not allowed to provide further details because of the ongoing investigation, but vowed to fully cooperate the prosecutors and the court.

The drunk driving crash, between Staviiski's Hummer sport utility vehicle and two cars, occurred late Sunday on a bridge near the Black Sea city of Burgas.

Staviiski veered into the opposite lane and bumped headlong into a Honda Civic with four people riding in it. The driver of the Honda died in a hospital, while his passenger - a woman - was hospitalised in a coma.

The blood alcohol test has shown that Staviiski had 1.1 permilles of alcohol in his blood. The legal driving limit in Bulgaria is 0.5.

If found guilty, Maxim faces up to ten years behind bars.

Maxim is part of the ice duo Denkova-Staviiski, who defended their world title in Tokyo in March.
WHO IS WHO: Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviiski

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eurotourist - 16 Aug 2007 // 00:32:25

This shouldn't be forgotten. Has he been arrested yet?

BULERICAN - 14 Aug 2007 // 18:03:34

Friendship exists.

I merely dropped the discussion and the euphoria related to it.

WickedWitch - 14 Aug 2007 // 11:17:53


Aw shucks, and I was having such hopes for our friendship.

Dido - 13 Aug 2007 // 21:08:58

I used to think that drivers in Asia were crazy, until I witness Bulgarian drivers – utterly insane.
Why isn’t drinking and driving considered a Criminal Offence in BG? These useless arse holes with their SUVs think that that there are God’s gift. Hundreds of people are killed every month due to DUI. Taking someone’s license is not a punishment. The BG police are Pricks in Uniforms. They go after the common folk that drive old beaters but fail to pull over the real criminals, the mutri driving their fancy cars with insane speed and arrogance.

BULERICAN - 13 Aug 2007 // 20:06:18


Just forget it all...

I take back my hug, it wasn't funny and I did not smile...


WickedWitch - 13 Aug 2007 // 16:05:26

Bill -- "It seems that neither you nor WW is going to budge from your "chiseled in stone" opinions, correct or not, so it's not worth any further discussion. I leave you to your superior wordly wisdom and go back to dealing with normal people."

Irony abounds.

It also does a back flip, jumps around and shouts "look at me. Hey there, look at me."

Bill - 13 Aug 2007 // 15:47:56


You're leaping to another one of your fantasy conclusions. I didn't say that I know how a rapist thinks, what I've said is that these things come up in court testimony. I have participated in rape trials as an officer of the court, and I'm neither blind, deaf, nor stupid, thank you very much.

So quit putting words in my mouth!

It seems that neither you nor WW is going to budge from your "chiseled in stone" opinions, correct or not, so it's not worth any further discussion. I leave you to your superior wordly wisdom and go back to dealing with normal people.

Gee, I wish I were as smart as you two think you are!

WickedWitch - 13 Aug 2007 // 15:00:01


You too with the not making of the sense? Please, for to look at my post in the context of Bill talking about people "asking" for events for that would much appreciate.

In other words, you can't slap on a burka, refuse to ride in a car, and check your neighborhood for convicted murderers just to not be accused of "asking for it" when you're victimized.

Devil's Advocate - 13 Aug 2007 // 14:34:13

It is sick that you "know" (at least you think you do-not that anyone really believes you or anything) so much about rape.

Only rapists know how rapists think. Psychologists and lawyers guess, but rapists know. Are you a rapist, Bill? Is that how you "know" so much about how they think???

Bill - 13 Aug 2007 // 14:23:56


Sorry. Hit wrong button.

Obviously you have never PARTICIPATED in a rape trial. Psychologist testify, sou know, and the judges and jurors listen carefully to what they have to say. Not only is the criminal act judged, but since the court has to adjudge a proper sentence, there are all sorts of mitigating and/or aggravating factors to be onsidered.

NOTHING in a rape case is simple, and judges and lawyers hate to see them come up on their schedules. The biggest point of contention in these trials is the issue of consent, and it's always a hot argument. She says she didn't want it; he says she did and led him into it.

One thing which makes it all the more difficult is that women are more manipulative than men; their thought processes work differently, so many men feel that a woman will say "no" as part of her coquetting, when she really doesn't mean it. It takes a lot of work and a long time to come to a decision in such cases, and no judge or jury likes to have been put into that position.

Bill - 13 Aug 2007 // 14:18:04


Obviously you haver PARTICIPATED

resipsaloquitur - 13 Aug 2007 // 14:12:42

Hello Viking,
i am still in Cyprus...very,very hot...unbearable heat.

I burned myself so badly at the beach so that I am not able to go swim today and sit in a Chinese Internet cafe.
Tonight i am meeting friends therefore i shall leave soon.

Regrettably Bill is from the so called "old guard" and we all have to be

Please,be lenient and forbearable to Bill!

viking - 13 Aug 2007 // 13:47:10


I think I am the one who is mentally incapable for falling into his trap!
Thank you for the good advice.
How was Cyprus?


resipsaloquitur - 13 Aug 2007 // 13:40:12

Hello Viking,

i do not uderstand why you are wasting you time talking to someone who is mentaly

Only psychologists know what is going on in the mind of a rapist and judges do not try to analyse his/her's thoughts
as they mmust judge only the criminal actions.

Bill - 13 Aug 2007 // 07:20:16


Yes, and I also know from experience that "victims" lie, too.

One scenario which sometimes occurs is that a wife gets caught by her husband in an affair, and then screams "rape" in defense. The lover has no idea about it till the police knock on his door.

Another scenario is the female hitch-hiker who hollers, "rape" on the driver who, out of kindness, picked her up.

There are so many variations that the folks on this forum who think it's a simple black-and-white scenario are simply naive.

"She said no, and that ends it" simply isn't the everyday fact. It's comparable to a heavily-loaded truck careening down a mountain road when the brakes fail, and then citing the driver for running the red light at the bottom.

German Autobahns are built with truck-stopping lanes on mountain roads, paved with sand and gravel to slow them down. A driver whose brakes have failed, need only to steer into this lane.

When a woman has used her "feminine wiles" to stir up a man, and he's not the cultured, civilized type who will accept being cut off at that point, she's in for trouble. When I was in high school, this was called "cock teasing", and the girls who practiced it were held in comtempt. Things haven't changed that much. You simply can't get all the hormones boiling and expect them to shut down on command.

Now what I've offered on this forum is a PROFESSIONAL opinion, derived from participation in many rape trials, and if you simplistic idealists think it's wrong, so be it. I'm tired of arguing.

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