100 Leftist Bulgaria Intellectuals Protest Kosovo Recognition

Politics | March 20, 2008, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 7

An open letter signed by a hundred leftist Bulgarian intellectuals protesting against the country's recognition of independent Kosovo was distributed on Wednesday.

The letter is addressed to Bulgaria's President, Prime Minister, the Chair of the Parliament, and is entitled "The Mad Lead the Blind".

The letter uses a rather harsh language to describe Bulgaria's politicians because of their decision "to recognize the weird territory called independent state Kosovo". They are contrasted with Greece and Romania's "prudent" leaders, who did not take such a step.

The intellectuals, who qualify themselves "writers, scientists, artists, musicians, actors, and regular patriots", claim the men and women in power in Bulgaria were "devoid of the ability to think about the strategic national interests of the Fatherland".

The letter states the Serbs are Bulgarians' brothers in blood and faith, and that if Bulgaria betrays them today, it will be betrayed tomorrow, and does not forget to mention the fact that in 1999 government of PM Ivan Kostov allowed NATO to use Bulgaria's air space to bomb "the brotherly Serbia people".

"Are you crazy, are you blind, or are you just corrupt? What is the price of your souls?", the letter concludes.

The statement is followed by more than a hundred names of prominent Bulgarian public figures including the actor Georgi Kaloyanchev, the historian and leftist MP Professor Andrey Pantev, the artist Svetlin Rusev, the theater director Andrey Slabakov, the opera singer Hristina Angelakova, and several Bulgarian bishops to name but a few.

On Thursday, however, the poetess Leda Mileva, daughter of the renown Bulgarian poet from the beginning of the 20th century Geo Milev, announced that she had not singed the letter even though her name appears second on the list.

"I agreed by phone to be included among those calling on the government not to hurry with Kosovo's recognition. But the letter in question is something much more different, and I do not want to be associated with it", Mileva said.
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CJB - 4 Apr 2008 // 12:23:50

Whilst I agree with the message these 100 "intellectuals" are trying to send on Kosovo, I sincerely hope these are not the same group of "leftist intellectuals" who signed a petition demanding that the Interior Minister NOT resign!

Are there more than 100 "leftist intellectuals" in Bulgaria, or are there several different "leftist intellectual" factions? Who are these people? Do they have names or do they just sign everything "The Leftist Intellectuals of Bulgaria"?

Ah, if only the reporting on such fascinating issues gave a few scraps of detail...

vardar - 4 Apr 2008 // 12:06:40

Thank God there are such wonderfully clear-headed and courageous individuals among leaders of Bulgarian Orthodox Church, scientists, artists, musicians and "plain Bulgarian patriots". Here just a tiny flower of deep gratitude from a member of the International Community of Humbled and Insulted.
Thank you Bulgarian brothers and sisters! This gesture of yours shall not be forgotten.

medulla - 22 Mar 2008 // 20:51:15

Excuse me but what the hell do you know about our country to speak about it ???

Stealthy - 22 Mar 2008 // 11:04:18

100 people , what a great support ! As an intellectualls , they should have realized an inefficassy of this idea . This country has been rulled by the people from Washington and Brussels for long ago but local president ! May be these 100 are not intellectuals at all ?

Buddy - 21 Mar 2008 // 06:51:30

You are right, Sir!!! Every word is correct! But the recent government and formost the so called opposition in Parliament, the paid traitors, are responsible for that insanity! Second, The sofia News Dorectorate, has no right to call the persons "leftist" thats not correct. Mr. Svetlin Russen in the late 80is joint the opposition club on Russe, and was under observation by the regime of Mr. Zhivkov. Those who are signing are simply following the truth of the bulgarian consiuosness, which some guys in Europe, Overseas and even in near by Turkey should understand, a nation beeing for 500 years enslaved by the mist inhuman and crue subjegation like that of the Ottoman Empire, will not close its eyes to its history and permit the creation of new turkish sandjakes in South Eastern Europe.Well done Sir and continue to write and speak it out, enough is enough!

Buddy - 21 Mar 2008 // 06:40:54

A deep bow in front of those who wrote and signed the open letter. I am joning those honest Bulgarians in their call in authorities to step back from insanity. Even more I am calling on those responsible to revert their decision and koin the club of Greece, Cyprus and Spain in the European in opposing the recognition of KOssovo since that step will aggrevate the situation on the Balkans. Further a Referendum on the recognition of Kossovo must be held and elections for a new parliament initiated! Unfortunately, the Bulgarian news Agency, did not carry even a word on that message on its website, nor did any official bulgarian source quote it to spread the just word over the world. Why is Sofia news not carrying a transcript of that letter, or has your directorate been ordered not to publicize the word of Bulgarias thinking people, so that stupidity could continue to govern. By the way I was not astonished that Mrs. Leda Mileva is playing word games, since her Father was the devoted fighter for a new Bulgaria and paid with his Life, and he was the one to say " Peoples voice, Gods voice". She was not such an fighter she only enjoyed living on the name of her Father in Bulgaria, and used it always quite well. Remember that Mrs. Mileva. Deep bow in front of the honorable Bulgarians! The fight goes on!

medulla - 20 Mar 2008 // 20:03:32

i totally agree with the letter though.... this no matter is they are leftists ot rightists ...i think that it's in the interest of Bulgaria to don't recognize Kosovo. Bulgaria should have played both its cards as an EU country and as a Balkan country. As a Balkan country it shouldn't have recognize Kosovo indipendence but as an EU country could have had some kind of diplomatic relations with other EU countries and the USA. this is like acting against ourselves. I don't know how happy would be Bulgarians if Serbia one day would recognize the potential Turkish country in Bulgaria. Pomacs in Bulgaria are being manipulate by the F....ING turkish party in the governament. I do wander how is it possible to have a turkish party in the Bulgarian parliament ???? WE ARE NOT TURKS AND seems like 500 years of submission wasn't enough ....seems like lives of Levski and others wasn't enouhg to teach Bulgarians a little bit of proud.

it's not about racism but about cultural identity....Bulgarian muslims are not TURKS they don't have anything turkish , the don't even speak Turkish but Ahmend Dugan is working to let feel them turks and one day them or the gypsis might want to become an indipendent nation since Bulgarian families have only one child and gypsis 7 per family!!!! well then i'd like to know what Bulgarians would feel like when other states especially Serbians or Russians recognize the gypsis or the turks state in the middle of our beautiful mointains.

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