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BUZLUDZHA LIGHTS UP AGAIN

The Flying Saucer, which in recent years has become one of the Top 10 world monuments for urbex, or dark tourism, was constructed in the early 1980s. It was designed to celebrate the Bulgarian Communist Party, in control of this country from 1944 to 1989. It was supposed to withstand the ravishes of both time and nature for several hundred years, as the Communists, who had commissioned it, thought they would be in power eternally.

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If they were in Rome, Kiril Petkov and Asen Vasilev would put Brutus at the top of their ballots.

Slavi Trifonov, leader of the There Is Such a People party

We are brutally attacked by organsied criminals who want to stop us from taking their money.

Kiril Petkov, Changes Continued

I have never lied to the Bulgarians, this is why they kept electing me for years.

Boyko Borisov, GERB

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FLYING LOW

In early June a small plane flew into Bulgarian airspace from the northwest and landed at what used to be a commercial airport near Vidin. Apparently, the aircraft refuelled. It is unclear whether the pilot or pilots got any on-the-ground assistance from anyone or just poured fuel into the plane's tank from canisters. Guards from a private security company that was supposed to protect the ruins of Vidin Airport, which was abandoned in the 1990s, noticed the activity and alerted the local police. But the aircraft was quicker. She took off before the police arrived.

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I will speak out, you will see me, but you will hear the words of Mr Slavi Trifonov.

Toshko Yordanov, MP for the There Is Such a People party

Kiril Petkov would have had a long political career if he did not talk like this.

Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria Eleonora Mitrofanova

We already showed that we are not an outgoing government. The Bulgarian government and institutions are still in place and no one is above the law.

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IS THERE A PILOT IN THE PLANE?

In early June a small plane flew into Bulgarian airspace from the northwest and landed at what used to be a commercial airport near Vidin. Apparently, the aircraft refuelled. It is unclear whether the pilot or pilots got any on-the-ground assistance from anyone or just poured fuel into the plane's tank from canisters. Guards from a private security company that was supposed to protect the ruins of Vidin Airport noticed the activity and alerted the local police. But the aircraft was quicker. It took off before the police arrived.

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It's a spiral. They have entered a spiral. And it's very, very difficult to get out of that spiral.

Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, on Bulgaria's stance on North Macedonia's EU membership application

GERB is a German shepherd that can do the job. Changes Continued are Chihuahuas. Everyone likes them, but they can't do the job.

Delyan Dobrev, MP for GERB

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Do not interpret my criticism as a desire to topple the government.

President Rumen Radev

If the most Russia dependent country with the lowest per capita GDP in the EU can afford to stand up to Putin, everyone should be able to stand up to Putin.

Prime Minister Kiril Petkov in the New York Times

Mr Radev's position that if we provide weapons to Ukraine we will prolong the conflict is a disgrace.

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IRON BARS, NO IRON BARS

Lovers of freedom were quick to cry fowl. Is this what the supposedly liberal, pro-Western Changes Continued government is doing? Protecting itself from the love of the general public with iron bars? Not even in the darkest days of Boyko Borisov's GERB had we seen anything like that, they intoned to their agony aunt, Facebook.

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WHAT'S IN A NAME?

A recent example is the Sofia City Council's decision to rename one of the streets around where the Russian Embassy is situated to The Heroes of Ukraine, and a nearby small square to Boris Nemtsov. In addition, they agreed to have an Ukrainian flag hoisted on top of the Sofia City Council building for as long as Putin's war in Ukraine continued. The city councillors belonging to the Bulgarian Socialist Party, opposed but the decision was passed anyway.

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