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Balkans |  Bulgaria has responded to the Russian search warrant for journalist Christo Grozev

The Russian search warrant for Bulgarian journalist Kristo Grozev, who works for the international research website Bellingcat, has met with a political backlash in Bulgaria.

At the request of the five political forces represented in the Bulgarian Parliament, the Russian Ambassador to Sofia Eleonora Mitrofanova was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make a statement on the matter.

While the ministry did not make any statement about the meeting, Ambassador Mitrofanova spoke to the Bulgarian press.

Mitrofanova said, “We’re not looking for Christo Grosev all over the world. Let him go wherever he wants. We just told him, ‘Don’t come to Russia.’ We’re delivering the message.” He said.

Referring to the issuance of a search warrant for Grozev, Mitrofanova said, “This decision is just a warning. The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs never explains the reasons for its similar decisions.” Use the phrase.

On the other hand, journalist Grozev took to Twitter after Mitrofanova said, “That means they issued a search warrant for me to let them know they don’t want me.” Mutual.

Reporting of the status related to the accident was requested.

The leaders of the five pro-European Union (EU) and NATO political parties in Parliament demanded that Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Melkov be summoned to Parliament and report on the situation regarding the Grosev incident, in the first session to be held on January 3. After the New Year holidays.

President Rumen Radev, who is pro-Russian and the Bulgarian Socialist Party, which continues the political traditions of the former Communist Party in Parliament, and the Populist Rebirth Party, did not comment on the Grosev incident.

Prime Minister Gileb Deneuve said in a statement today that they are in constant contact only with Grosev.

Within the scope of his Bellingcat research, Grosev is best known for his investigations into the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and Bulgarian arms dealer Emilian Gebrev by Russian agents and uncovering other assassination attempts.

Problems of teaching the Bulgarian language in the occupied territories of Ukraine

Regarding the ban on teaching the Bulgarian language in schools in the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine, where a large number of Bulgarian diaspora live, Mitrofanova said, “In Russia, which is a multinational country, education is provided in 79 foreign languages. There are not enough Bulgarian teachers are on the territory of Russia. Many people have immigrated to regions where there is military activity, so some schools are operating in limited capacity. comment.

Ambassador Mitrofanova indicated that the necessary research will be carried out on the subject and the information will be transferred to the Bulgarian authorities.


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