Sociologist Andrey Raichev explained to BNR that as long as the war in Ukraine lasts, Bulgaria will be in an artificial situation.
“We cannot want to live as if there is no war. Our government will remain until its end. It cannot be removed before that.”
He commented on the farmers’ protests and the reactions of the rulers.
“The authorities changed their positions three times. I am not absolutely sure that Mr. Denkov understands exactly what the sentence “I do not negotiate with terrorists” means. Bulgaria has many problems, but the lack of money is not among them. It moved to the decision to buy off the power from the protesters.”
The sociologist noted that GERB have very real chances to win the local elections in Sofia if they present a strong candidacy.
Andrey Raichev also analyzes the expulsion of priests from the Russian Church in our country.
“This is a dispute within the Orthodox Church. It is serious and long term. It’s about the Pope. At the pole of this dispute are the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Russian Patriarch – should the Orthodox Church get closer to the Catholic Church, as is the insistence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, or should it move further apart, as Moscow has always wanted. In this dispute, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is on the side of Moscow. Our church did not call about it at all.
Within this dispute there is one small detail that concerns us a lot – is the Macedonian Church separate. The pro-Moscow position claims that the Bulgarian Church is the mother of the Macedonian Church. The other is more relaxed about it. The local Russian Church helped this position, which the Macedonians didn’t like, and that’s why they called the priests spies.”
The way we behave in Bulgaria in this situation, Raichev defined as “a pro-American and anti-Russian gesture that has nothing to do with church matters.”
“However, the mass of Bulgarians cannot be happy about this, and it leads to another reason for the prestige of our main ally to fall.”