Bulgarian culture, more than 30 years after the fall of communism, is a natural continuation of the totalitarian regime. There is one main player on the Bulgarian scene - the state, which has made the several large publishing houses and printing houses dependent on it through multi-million state subsidies, de facto turning them into quasi-state institutions. The promotion of Bulgarian culture is done through the media (Bulgaria is one of the last in the world in terms of freedom of speech), which are also dependent on the state, even being private. As well as journalists, who have no freedom and no protection. Last but not least are the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, embassies and cultural attachés, who should be the main agents of Bulgarian culture to promote abroad.
Let's take the example of the Bulgarian Embassy in London and how the cultural programme is put together. The example will be more than fractious, but extremely revealing. It should only be recalled that the Bulgarian Embassy in London was responsible for the bombings in the late 1970s in London precisely against people of culture. Sadly, we see the same people or their successors carrying on the communist legacy.
The Legacy of Communism- Prodrum Dimov
The 90y old writer from Pazardzhik Prodrum Dimov presented his book about Dimitar Gorov in London. Prodrum Dimov is from the partisan village that formed the backbone of the Communist Party - Lesichovo. He was secretary of the Union of Cultural Workers in Pazardzhik during the Communist regime. The association had not only the function of the main pillar of totalitarian propaganda, but also the main repressive body in culture. An organization directly subordinated to the Bulgarian secret services, which employs only agents of the State Security. After the fall of communism Dimov was a journalist in the party newspaper of the Bulgarian Communist Party Duma, later renamed BSP. His entire oeuvre is devoted to the greatness of the communist regime.
Dimov's visit there took place on the occasion of the National Enlighteners' Day and the meeting was attended by the Ambassador of Bulgaria to Great Britain - H.E. Mr. Ivaylo Moisov - Cultural Attaché at the Embassy, responsible also for Bulgarian Saturday and Sunday schools. The book "Sunrise without Sunset" by Prodrum Dimov is a collection in which he published the portraits of a number of famous Bulgarians. Most of whom were conected with the Bulgarian Communist Party.
The facts are that communist regime is criminal under Bulgarian law аnd Putin's regime is terrorist. The question is whether this is understood by the Bulgarian embassies abroad, as well as by the Western services that allow the free spread and consolidation of pro-Putin, communist groups. And the main question is what kind of people are allowed to work for decades in the embassies of Bulgaria, even more in the cultural departments. Are there people with an agent past, Communist Party cadres. Because if we trace their work, we will find out to what extent Bulgarian culture is lined with communism, to what extent it is pro-Putin and anti-Western in its essence. What is the Bulgarian culture that is allowed to promote itself and break through in the West. Are certain artists being purposely ignored or destroyed at the expense of those tied to the legacy of communism in Bulgaria? What Bulgaria's Western partners need to ask themselves is what kind of people make up the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry and why Bulgaria's culture is allowed to be a continuation of the communist one. Isn't this one of the main threats in Bulgaria that could quickly turn the population back to Russia? Is the overall attitude of the Bulgarian society and especially of the immigrants towards Russia and the West taken into account? Is it taken into account that Bulgarian society is the most pro-Russian in the EU? Who is inculcating hatred of Western values and democracy?
The event is on a national Bulgarian holiday, attended by the Bulgarian Ambassador and the Bulgarian Cultural Attache, because of one of the last red werewolfs from Bulgaria. Is there a mature understanding that Bulgarian national symbols and religion are used for pro-Russian propaganda? Is it understood that the Bulgarian culture and religion were totally changed after the Second World War by one of the most cruel propaganda machines - the communist one. As these new symbols, holidays, ethnic customs are intellectual proxies to Russia.
Another important element to note is that the Bulgarian attaché is responsible for the many Bulgarian schools in London, which are becoming more and more numerous every year. In the first place they are financed by the Bulgarian budget and are almost uncontroversial by the British Ministry of Education. Are they a conduit for Putin's interests and influences in Britain? Has anyone done any statistics on what percentage of Russia's henchmen there are among head teachers and school staff in Bulgarian schools? Does it take into account the fact that the Russian influence machine has taken Bulgaria into its clutches; politics, culture and education. Is it understood that uncontrolled Bulgarian schools can be a conduit for terrorism?
One must bear in mind the extremely dangerous connection between Russian non-formal religions and the Bulgarian white brotherhood. After all, Lesichovo(the 90 years old writer birthplace) is not the small town that had the most generals during communism. It is not the birthplace of one of the most famous Bulgarian ambassadors in Moscow. It's a village that used to be home to Putin's most obscurantist quasi-religious sect-which looks an awful lot like Bulgaria's hugely popular White Brotherhood, which has infiltrated Bulgarian schools and teachers, all over the world.
Who is the Minister of Culture Veleslav Minekov
(Minister Minekov during the 2020 protests that brought the pro Putin forces in Bulgaria)
To discuss this event, we must keep in mind who is the interim Minister of Culture in Bulgaria. This is Veleslav Minekov, a fellow countryman of the writer Prodrum Dimov, son of the great communist cultural icon Velichko Minekov, one of the closest cultural advisors of the communist dictator Todor Zhivkov, who was in charge of Bulgaria throughout the period of vassalage from the USSR. The father of the Minister of Culture and Prodrum Dimov were not only from the same city, good friends but also loyal comrades in the Communist Party until 1989.
(Minister Minekov guillotine during the 2020 protests. He erected the guillotine with the great desire that the red communist terror should return. )
Veleslav Minekov is a Bulgarian sculptor from a village near Pazardzhik, chairman of the Culture Committee of the Union of Bulgarian Artists. And his father Velichko Minekov was a member of Todor Zhivkov's close personal entourage (the dictator at the head of the Bulgarian Communist Party), known as "the hunting party" and acting as an informal advisory staff. He was first deputy chairman of the Union of Bulgarian Artists and a member of the bureau of the Committee for Culture.
Artists' unions(painters, writers, artists) were extremely important formations during communism. Formally, the whole propaganda machine passed through them. They retain their power to this day thanks to the huge cultural budgets centralized in their hands. Although officially they have no power, unofficially and informally, they have a huge effect on the whole cultural life in Bulgaria.