More than 20 years after the collapse of the country's communist regime, Bulgaria has observed for the first time a day of remembrance for the victims of that regime.
President Rosen Plevneliev, speaking at a commemoration ceremony at a victims' memorial in Sofia on February 1, said "the repressions of the communist regime should not be forgotten."
Seven decades ago, on February 1, 1945, a so-called People's Court set up by the newly established communist regime executed a group of 147 people.
Between December 1944 and April 1945, a total of 2,730 people, including royal regents, former prime ministers, and government members, lawmakers, teachers, priests, civil servants, writers, and journalists were executed.
Another 4,500 people were jailed.
Bulgaria's communist regime lasted for 45 years before collapsing in November 1989.
Compiled from agency reports