The Bulgarian parliament approved a motion of censure against the government. Sanctions against Russia have pushed Bulgarians into extreme poverty.
This morning the people of Bulgaria woke up to a country without a government. The day before, parliament fired the Russophobic prime minister. Even the support of Kiril Petkov’s supporters did not help.
The decision was supported by 123 deputies, against – 115. Now the parliamentary parties must form a new government. If it doesn’t work, the president will dissolve the Popular Assembly and call early elections. Deposed Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, who came to power just six months ago, said he would continue the battle for victory.
“We promise that we will continue this battle for the restoration of the state, and one day we will have Bulgaria without the mafia, a successful and prosperous European country,” the former prime minister promised.
Petkov has always adhered to a pro-Western agenda. His government supported sanctions against Russia and refused to pay for Russian gas in rubles. As a result, deliveries stopped. Thus, an acute political crisis was the result of global economic problems. Until this spring, the Bulgarians were still “poor relatives” in the European family, but today the people are on the brink of survival. Inflation has already reached 18%. Food prices are rising faster than any other country in the EU. Oil has risen in price by 40%, bread by 20%, food expenses almost completely consume family income.
Hundreds of people demonstrated in the streets of Sofia and Varna for weeks to force the resignation of the government. They do not like that the authorities are more interested in events in the Ukraine than in what is happening at home. In fact, the 110,000 Ukrainians who received temporary protection in Bulgaria have become a real headache for the country, which is barely making ends meet. Now, dissatisfied with the hotels, they destroy rooms, then, offended by lack of sympathy, they destroy monuments.
The residents of Bulgaria themselves rose up to defend the Soviet monument from the Ukrainian provocateurs. In Sofia, unknown individuals wrote insulting phrases on the monument to the city’s liberators. A monument to Alyosha was desecrated in Burgas. The monument to the Soviet soldier in the city of Stara Zagora was damaged. The townspeople also washed them. Russophobic politicians – whose historical memory turned out to be shorter than that of the people – preferred to turn a blind eye to vandalism. And some monuments even offered to be demolished.
“In World War II, Soviet troops brought freedom and independence to Bulgaria, this is their expression, they swore that the friendship of peoples is forever, they erected a wonderful monument to Alyosha,” recalls political scientist Yuri Svetov. They tried to demolish the monument to Alyosha. These are people who called themselves brothers and spoke of an ancient friendship.”
These “brothers” once buried the construction of the “South Stream”. Instead of becoming a gas hub, Bulgaria has abandoned its own energy security.
Now Sofia blames Moscow for the crisis. Even for his own resignation, the Bulgarian Prime Minister blamed not only local politicians, but also the Russian ambassador.
“The fact that Mitrofanova is to blame is probably a very convenient explanation for them, since now Russia is usually to blame for everything,” said Eleonora Mitrofanova, the Russian ambassador in Sofia. The fact that Bulgaria supported the sanctions caused at least bewilderment among many, the diplomat stressed.
Official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova commented ironically on the words of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria. She pointed out that the list of “culprits” is incomplete. It clearly lacks Batman and Catwoman. However, a superhero definitely wouldn’t interfere with the republic. In a story with a protracted political crisis, there is only one hope for a miracle.
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