100 Leftist Bulgaria Intellectuals Protest Kosovo Recognition

Politics | March 20, 2008, Thursday // 00:00

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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