By Steven Otfinoski
Examines the folks, faith, lifestyle, politics, tradition, historical past, and geography of Bulgaria, emphasizing its transition from a communist to a loose country.
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The Socialist government renewed friendly relations with Russia, which promised increased trade and other useful exchanges in return for a renewal of the close ties the two countries enjoyed in the Soviet era. But national self-interest and ideology were not the only motives for the government’s hard-line policies. There was also personal greed. Instead of privatizing state-owned industry, government officials allowed party members in business to help themselves to literally billions in assets in floundering companies.
Then in 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1931) took the reins of power in Moscow. Gorbachev was a new kind of Soviet leader—pragmatic, energetic, and anxious to reform the Communist system in order to save it from itself. He made it clear to Bulgaria that it would have to reform itself as well if it wanted the continued support of its big brother. For Todor Zhivkov, the man who had followed the Soviet hard line through good times and bad, this was not encouraging news. NOTES p. 16 “. . we were ordered to pack .
In January 2003 the UDF called for a no-confidence vote for the Simeon government. The motion was overturned. However, three deputy ministers were dismissed shortly after in a cabinet shakeup. The judicial branch in many ways has undergone the least changes since 1991. The members of the Supreme Court, the highest judicial body in Bulgaria, are elected to five-year terms by the National Assembly. Reform barely touched the court, and judges, until recently, remained some of the poorest paid and least respected professionals in the country.
Bulgaria (Nations in Transition) by Steven Otfinoski