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ARCHIVE - 5 March 2012

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Business

Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Moves to Investigate Egg Price Hike
Ireland's Ex PM Ally behind EUR 60 M Bulgarian Wind Project - Report
Romanian Rompetrol Expands Business in Bulgaria
Furious Clients Give Sofia Heating Utility Ugly Facelift
Bulgarian NGO Reports Huge Number of Complaints against Heating Utilities
Bulgarian Rightist Party Seeks Money Laundering Probe at Lukoil
UK Brokers: Huge Money Converted Back into Sterling from Bulgaria

Politics

Bulgarian President Congratulates Putin on Victory
Bulgarian PM Congratulates Putin on Victory
Estonia to Close Embassy in Bulgaria by End-2012
Bulgarian MEPs Foretell New Schengen Failure in September
Former President to Run for Chair of Bulgarian Socialist Party
Bulgaria's Ex EU Commissioner Ranks in Top 3 of Most Trusted Politicians - Poll
Bulgarian PM Extends Bonus Return Deadline
Bulgaria's Ruling Party Gradually Losing Support - Poll
All Bulgarian Political Officials Returned Bonuses

Society

Bulgarians Untouched by Senior Clergy Communist Spy Past
2nd 'Bulgarian Event of Year in US' Contest Open for Voting
Disastrous Bulgarian Flood Reveals Roman Building Remnants - Report

Sports

Bulgaria to Face Cyprus, Turkey in Football Friendlies
Bulgaria’s Male Tennis Star Drops Out of ATP Top 100

Crime

Bulgarian Anti-Mafia Police Rescue Hundreds of Precious Coins
Stabbed Bulgarian MMA Fighter Regains Consciousness
Witness Links Bulgaria's Octopus and Impudent OC Cases
Bulgarians Busted Trying to Help Afghan Kids Sneak through Border
Brazil-Jailed Bulgarian Champ's Mum Confident of Acquittal

Views on BG

Bulgaria's Revival

Smiles

Quo vadis?

World

Wave of Protests Sweeps Moscow in Election Aftermath
Moscow Braces for Protest after Putin Victory
Putin's Opponents Cry Foul over 'Grandiose Election Fraud'
Tearful Putin: We Have Won! Glory to Russia!

Novinite Insider

Catch 22 or Bulgaria's Bonus War
VTB Bank Deputy President Yuri Soloviev: Bulgaria Is Perfect for Starting Operations in the Balkans
Bulgarian PR Expert Maxim Behar: Freedom of Speech Is the Mother of All Freedoms

Business

Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Moves to Investigate Egg Price Hike

Bulgaria's Agriculture and Food Minister Miroslav Naydenov will investigate the reasons why egg prices in the country doubled in the course of just ten days.

Business | March 5, 2012, Monday // 17:45

Ireland's Ex PM Ally behind EUR 60 M Bulgarian Wind Project - Report

A close ally of Ireland's corruption-tainted former prime minister is behind the launch of a major windfarm project in Bulgaria, according to media reports.

Business | March 5, 2012, Monday // 13:49

Romanian Rompetrol Expands Business in Bulgaria

The Romanian oil company Rompetrol is opening ten new gas stations in Bulgaria by the end of April, 2012.

Business | March 5, 2012, Monday // 13:45

Furious Clients Give Sofia Heating Utility Ugly Facelift

Bulgaria's capital has seen an unusual protest against the extremely high heating bills that shocked subscribers and triggered mass indignation.

Business | March 5, 2012, Monday // 11:29

Bulgarian NGO Reports Huge Number of Complaints against Heating Utilities

As many as 437 anti-monopoly trials were initiated in 2011 in Bulgaria, while the total number of complaints and tip-offs about monopoly abuse was 21 000, according to representatives of the non-governmental Movement for National Unity and Salvation (DNES

Business » Energy | March 5, 2012, Monday // 19:47

Bulgarian Rightist Party Seeks Money Laundering Probe at Lukoil

Bulgaria's right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) have demanded that the State Agency for National Security (DANS) should check the money flows of the Lukoil company and investigate the business it for alleged money laundering.

Business » Energy | March 5, 2012, Monday // 16:08

UK Brokers: Huge Money Converted Back into Sterling from Bulgaria

Bulgaria is among the countries, from which UK foreign-currency brokers are reporting a staggering amount of money being converted back into sterling.

Business » Properties | March 5, 2012, Monday // 09:16

Politics

Bulgarian President Congratulates Putin on Victory

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, has sent a congratulations letter to Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin on the occasion of his Sunday election victory.

Politics » Diplomacy | March 5, 2012, Monday // 18:49

Bulgarian PM Congratulates Putin on Victory

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has sent a congratulatory telegram to Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin on the occasion of his Sunday election victory.

Politics » Diplomacy | March 5, 2012, Monday // 12:59

Estonia to Close Embassy in Bulgaria by End-2012

The Estonian Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, will be shut down by the end of this year due to lack of interest in business and trade relations between the two countries, the foreign ministry has decided.

Politics » Diplomacy | March 5, 2012, Monday // 12:35

Bulgarian MEPs Foretell New Schengen Failure in September

Bulgaria will probably fail to enter the Schengen Agreement in September, too, according to Bulgarian MEPs from all parties oppositional to the country's ruling GERB.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 5, 2012, Monday // 15:14

Former President to Run for Chair of Bulgarian Socialist Party

One month and a half after his second term in office expired, former President Georgi Parvanov confirmed that he would run for Chair of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) at the upcoming congress in May.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2012, Monday // 20:51

Bulgaria's Ex EU Commissioner Ranks in Top 3 of Most Trusted Politicians - Poll

Bulgaria's center-right ruling party GERB is gradually losing support but still retains its advantage over its political rivals, according to a poll conducted by Alpha Research at the end of February.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2012, Monday // 18:07

Bulgarian PM Extends Bonus Return Deadline

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has extended to Wednesday the deadline for ministers, their deputies, heads of political cabinets, regional governors and their deputies to return or donate all bonuses they have received

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2012, Monday // 14:16

Bulgaria's Ruling Party Gradually Losing Support - Poll

Bulgaria's ruling centrist-right GERB party is gradually losing support, according to a poll conducted by Alpha Research at the end of February.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2012, Monday // 13:43

All Bulgarian Political Officials Returned Bonuses

All Bulgarian officials on political positions have returned the first part of the bonuses they received in 2011, according to Rumyana Bachvarova, PM Boyko Borisov's Chief of Staff.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2012, Monday // 12:32

Society

Bulgarians Untouched by Senior Clergy Communist Spy Past

The opening of the files of Bulgarian senior clergy and their exposure as agents and collaborators of the former Communist State Security, DS, failed to impress or outrage the majority of Bulgarians.

Society | March 5, 2012, Monday // 18:29

2nd 'Bulgarian Event of Year in US' Contest Open for Voting

The contest "Bulgarian Event of the Year in the US" is entering its final stage since it is now open for the online vote, which will determine the top finalist.

Society | March 5, 2012, Monday // 16:04

Disastrous Bulgarian Flood Reveals Roman Building Remnants - Report

A floor surface from Roman times has been allegedly discovered in the river dike in the Bulgarian village of Biser that was recently destroyed by a disastrous flood.

Society » Archaeology | March 5, 2012, Monday // 17:09

Sports

Bulgaria to Face Cyprus, Turkey in Football Friendlies

Bulgaria's national football team will play friendly games against Turkey and Cyprus ahead of its World Cup 2014 qualification campaign, the Bulgarian Football Union has announced.

Sports | March 5, 2012, Monday // 16:21

Bulgaria’s Male Tennis Star Drops Out of ATP Top 100

Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria's highest-ranked male tennis player, has dropped out of the ATP ranking list's top 100, reaching the 102nd spot.

Sports | March 5, 2012, Monday // 11:51

Crime

Bulgarian Anti-Mafia Police Rescue Hundreds of Precious Coins

Employees of Bulgaria's Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime, GDBOP, seized Monday hundreds of precious coins in an operation against illegal trade of historical valuables.

Crime | March 5, 2012, Monday // 16:31

Stabbed Bulgarian MMA Fighter Regains Consciousness

Blagoi Ivanov, the Bulgarian MMA fighter who was recently stabbed in a brawl in downtown Sofia, has regained consciousness.

Crime | March 5, 2012, Monday // 15:47

Witness Links Bulgaria's Octopus and Impudent OC Cases

Plamen Ustinov, former employee of Bulgaria's National Security Services, NSO, testified in Court Monday that Alexey Petrov had assigned him to murder Litex CEO, Grisha Ganchev.

Crime | March 5, 2012, Monday // 14:58

Bulgarians Busted Trying to Help Afghan Kids Sneak through Border

Three Bulgarians, two men and one woman, have been arrested by border police at the so called Danube Bridge between Bulgaria and Romania for trying to help two Afghan children sneak through the border.

Crime | March 5, 2012, Monday // 14:26

Brazil-Jailed Bulgarian Champ's Mum Confident of Acquittal

The mother of Bulgaria's former Olympic weightlifting champion Galabin Boevski, who was detained in Brazil and charged with drug trafficking offenses, has fervently defended him in a rare media appearance.

Crime | March 5, 2012, Monday // 10:21

Views on BG

Bulgaria's Revival

Heritage is a big deal to Bulgarians, who see in their monasteries, mansions and fortresses the tapestry of the country's history.

Views on BG | March 5, 2012, Monday // 07:50

Smiles

Quo vadis?

- Minister Djankov, quo vadis? What shall we do when the fiscal reserve gets reduced down to zero?

Smiles | March 5, 2012, Monday // 13:41

World

Wave of Protests Sweeps Moscow in Election Aftermath

A large opposition rally, the first after Vladimir Putin's landslide victory in Russia's presidential elections, is underway in Moscow Monday.

World | March 5, 2012, Monday // 19:28

Moscow Braces for Protest after Putin Victory

An oppositional demonstration has been planned for Monday evening in Moscow's Pushkin Square in the wake of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's election win.

World | March 5, 2012, Monday // 11:32

Putin's Opponents Cry Foul over 'Grandiose Election Fraud'

Vladimir Putin claimed victory in Sunday's presidential elections, but opposition-party members said mass vote rigging marred the process.

World | March 5, 2012, Monday // 08:24

Tearful Putin: We Have Won! Glory to Russia!

His eyes brimming with tears, Vladimir Putin and his supporters celebrated victory in Russian elections, that gave him a third presidential term after spending the last four years as the country's PM.

World | March 5, 2012, Monday // 07:30

Novinite Insider

Catch 22 or Bulgaria's Bonus War

Last Wednesday, Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, gave an ultimatum to senior officials to return or donate all bonuses they have received.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | March 5, 2012, Monday // 15:40

VTB Bank Deputy President Yuri Soloviev: Bulgaria Is Perfect for Starting Operations in the Balkans

An exclusive interview with Yuri Soloviev, First Deputy President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank, Chairman of VTB Capital holding companies Board of Directors.

Novinite Insider » Interview | March 5, 2012, Monday // 07:32

Bulgarian PR Expert Maxim Behar: Freedom of Speech Is the Mother of All Freedoms

Media must be completely independent because the freedom of speech is the mother of all freedoms in a modern democracy, according to Bulgarian PR expert Maxim Behar.

Novinite Insider » Interview | March 5, 2012, Monday // 04:04
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