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Qaddafi's Magic Carpet Ride

I found an interesting photo in my archives. Libya leader Muammar Qaddafi and Bulgaria’s communist leader Todor Zhivkov are captured during an official visit by Qaddafi to Bulgaria in the late 1970s. Communist Bulgaria was one of the few European countries where Qaddafi could count on the royal reception he was accustomed to. The photo was taken by an official photographer of the BTA (Bulgarian Telegraph Agency). The location is most likely the countryside near a collective agricultural farm, which Zhivkov loved to boast about as evidence of the primacy of the socialist way.

-- Nikola Krastev

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