"Ataka" Nationalists Compile List of Most Corrupt Bulgarian Politicians

Politics | September 12, 2008, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 23

Bulgaria's nationalist "Ataka" party together with the right wing "Order, Law, Justice" party are starting to compile a list of the country's 100 most corrupt politicians.

The news was announced Friday by the leaders of the two parties, Volen Siderov and Yane Yanev, who said the final report with the corruption rankings was going to be submitted to the European Commission.

The leaders also pointed out that the first three spots would be occupied by the former tsar and former PM Simeon Saxe-Coburg, the chair of the ethnic-Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms Ahmed Dogan, and the acting President Georgi Parvanov.

The first ten spots will also be filled by the former Interior Minister Rumen Petkov, the former Finance Minister Milen Velchev, the MP from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms Yordan Tsonev, the acting Finance Minister Plamen Oresharski, the Emergency Situations Minister Emel Etem, the Regional Development Minister Asen Gagauzov, and the former Agriculture Minister Nihat Kabil.

Siderov and Yanev also asked other similar-minded political parties to join them in the compilation of their list of the most corrupt politicians.
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Vesko - 28 Oct 2008 // 14:51:27

What you are forgetting is that the Bulgarian soldiers spilled their blood for a much larger gain in territory, predominantly populated by Bulgarians. When I visited Istanbul in 1992, and talked to some locals, I found out that the Bulgarian troops were at a point, where now is the last stop of one of the city's street car lines.

You might not know that it was the Russian Tzar that warned Simeon's father not to enter Istanbul, or face the Russian fleet there. That city had been allocated to Russia in the agreement with England and France, prior to forming the alliance, leading to the "Great" War of 1914. Little did the Russian Tzar know then, what the parties financing that future War, had in store for him. What he knew, was that there was only one Tzar until four years earlier, and now some chickenshit had declared himself a Tzar.

I don't know under what circumstances the Bulgarian people gave these properties, but they should have taken them back, after the blunder of attacking the former allies, without covering his ass. The Bulgarian Chief of Staff Gen. Peev cried in front of His Excellency, begging him not to attack at that point in time.

iamsoobored - 17 Sep 2008 // 17:08:44


Thanks for the interesting links. The second one, ending with comments by the Brits who read the story, is especially interesting. Bulgaria is a bad place! I feel sorry for the honest people.

iamsoobored - 16 Sep 2008 // 00:46:27

There is no factual information available, it is all based on gossip and innuendo. All the factual information, if it ever existed, got destroyed and still gets systematically destroyed. Why do you think no criminals and mutras ever land in prison? No evidence, no paper trail, no way to get a conviction. I say in Bulgaria everyone driving an expensive, late model car and having no visible source of legitimate income should be presumed guilty until proven innocent and should be jailed. You have a Hummer? You don't have a high-paying job or a property you just sold to a Brit, or a hotel in Varna? Off to jail you go, until you can prove how you got the money.

Funguy - 15 Sep 2008 // 23:53:44

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sandanovski - 15 Sep 2008 // 23:19:45

Simeon's properties are not ill-gotten. Bulgaria gave Simeon's family those properties. I cannot believe how ungrateful and brainwashed by Russian anti-royal propaganda you people still are. The Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family has managed to increase Bulgaria's territory with a part of Macedonia and lost a tiny portion of Western Bulgaria to Serbia. The territory that Bulgaria got during the monarchy rule was bigger than the one it lost to Serbia. If I hadn't been for Simeon's family Petrich, Sandanski and Blagoevgrad would have been Greek or FYROMian now.

Vesko - 15 Sep 2008 // 23:11:15

see next page

Vesko - 15 Sep 2008 // 23:08:47

buachaill bo,

Don't know what are you basing your determination on, but would be interesting to see your data! I suppose it is based on the total amount each robbed the Bulgarian people. In that event, for Simeon II you might be including his repossession of royal properties, which were seized illegaly by bandits, although those properties might have been ill-gotten to begin with.

I have no experience with Simeon, except talking on the phone with him once, back in 1990, before he positioned himself with the communist mafia. With Kostov, however, I have a direct experience, albeit never talked to him. I was intermediary for a group of Canadian and Texas oilmen, who wanted to assist with saving the refinery Neftohim in the Fall of 1997, when Kostov was playing games with the Russians, trying to raise his bribe's purchase price. Two people were killed (you are reading this right) in that deal, including the ham operator who tapped the communications of the private jet of Vigit Alikperov, owner of Luk Oil. Alikperov is one of those oligarchs, supposedly installed by the owners of the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England. For secrecy, the jet landed at the military airport Bozhurishte, instead at Sofia International. Kostov was sequestered there, and presumably received an atache case. Now Luk Oil/Neftohim is the largest corporation in Bulgaria. I have visited their headquarters in Sofia. It looks like a Hollywwod mafia movie set.

iamsoobored - 15 Sep 2008 // 17:48:18

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah................All the countries around Bulgaria are its enemies - Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey. What does it say about the character of a people who hate all their closest neighbors? Prokleto pleme sa Bulgarite!

buachaill bo - 15 Sep 2008 // 15:07:01

i must disagree with kostov been number one as simeon was and is the most corrupt bulgarian of all time and kostov was only a beginner in comparision.

sandanovski - 15 Sep 2008 // 14:03:17

I agree that those lands are forever lost for Bulgaria but why shouldn't Serbia lose lands too?
Something more about the Serbs: as far as I know they don't like nor dislike the Russians, maybe a few of them like the Russians but this is recent owing to Russia's opposition to Kosovo independence. And this despite the fact that Russia has always been Serbia's ally. As far as I know the Russians even contributed to Serbia's acquiring territories that should never have been theirs in 1833, if I am not mistaken the lands east of Morava. I am not sure about this but I don't feel like checking it either.

sandanovski - 15 Sep 2008 // 13:53:48

I meant
Bulgaria would NOT gain much.... EXCEPT......

Karnak76 - 15 Sep 2008 // 13:51:17

"Remember that all the land east of the Morava river in Serbia should be Bulgarian land, not only Nish, Pirot, Dimitrovgrad and Vranja."

That is true but as part of the EU, it is out of the question to think about it....

The only occupation I see is the one of Bulgarians of the past themselves(e.g the old circle of communists and their ex-secret service)...One has to see what is wrong in his yard before pointing outside to his neighbor......

Vesko - 15 Sep 2008 // 13:43:10

This study must be biased if it omitted the most corrupt politician in Bulgarian history - Ivan Kostov.

sandanovski - 15 Sep 2008 // 09:05:51

What occupation? Why are you being so anti-American? What harm has ever done America to you or Bulgaria?
I bet you would rather be living in Russian made communism because it was RUSSIAN! You Bulgarians should sign a petition to unite Bulgaria with Russia!
But guess what? Russia is helping Serbia, a long time foe of Bulgaria! Stanishev and his Russophile colleagues should try to influence Russia to accept Kosovo's independence! Bulgaria would gain much from this except satisfaction that one of its enemies got smaller and weaker!
Remember that all the land east of the Morava river in Serbia should be Bulgarian land, not only Nish, Pirot, Dimitrovgrad and Vranja.

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