Damyana Veleva is a correspondent for RFE/RL's Bulgarian Service. She graduated from the University of Heidelberg and the Free University of Berlin.
Also by Damyana Veleva
December 12, 2022
For Ukrainians Without Electricity, Bulgarians Provide A Lifeline: Portable Generators
When Manol Peykov heard that Russian bombing of Ukraine's energy infrastructure had left millions without power, the Bulgarian organized a crowdfunding campaign to buy more than 100 generators for impacted parts of Ukraine.
December 03, 2022
Nurses Working As Cleaners, Doctors Working As Waiters: Why Bulgaria Is Failing Ukrainian Refugees
Many Ukrainians fleeing the war have sought refuge in nearby Bulgaria. But critics say the government's support for refugees has been chaotic and insubstantial, meaning that highly skilled workers and professionals have no other options but to take menial work.
August 27, 2022
Bulgarian Version Of Cards Against Humanity, The Provocative Party Game, Denied A License For Offending 'Ancient Values'
Cards Against Bulgarianness, a version of Cards Against Humanity, an adult party game, has been denied a license by the country's Patent Office, saying it contradicts "good manners and public order." The creators say the authorities' stonewalling is due to a crisis in national confidence.
June 01, 2022
Warbnb: Nerves Fray, Resentments Mount As Bulgaria Evicts Ukrainian War Refugees From 'Luxury' Locales
Officials including Prime Minister Kiril Petkov channel local resentment to relocate Ukrainian families away from the Bulgarian Riviera, baffling displaced victims of Russia's invasion and prompting some to return home despite the risks.