Elitsa Simeonova is a correspondent in Sofia for RFE/RL's Bulgarian Service.
Also by Elitsa Simeonova
October 20, 2022
In Bulgaria, The Difficult Question Of Which Russians Should Get Asylum
Since boarding a one-way flight from Moscow to Bulgaria on the second day of the war, 26-year-old Russian Aleksandr Stotsky has spent nearly eight months condemning Putin and his policies. Is that enough for asylum?
August 25, 2022
In Landmark Case, Bulgaria Refuses To Extradite Passport-Burning Russian Who Criticized Putin's War
A Russian fugitive's case shot to the top of Moscow's list of priorities after he burned his Russian passport to protest the invasion of Ukraine. Now, a Bulgarian court says it can't trust Russian assurances that he'd get a fair trial and he shouldn't be sent home.
August 19, 2022
'We Breathe Filth': A Bulgarian Town's Losing Battle Against A Domineering Coal Plant
The Brikel coal-fired power plant has been polluting the air in Galabovo, Bulgaria, with impunity for years. Residents, authorities, and environmental activists have tried repeatedly to shut it down. But a court has ruled it can continue.
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.
February 17, 2022
Bulgarian Judo Defends Hiring Of French Coach Involved In Violent Domestic Incident
The Bulgarian Judo Federation (BFD) has defended its hiring of a French judo coach involved in a violent domestic incident with a former European champion judoka, saying Alain Schmitt is "a specialist to lead us to the Olympics in Paris" in 2024.
December 05, 2021
School's Out, Forever? Amid COVID Spike, Many Bulgarian Students Back Online For Third School Year
Many students in Bulgaria are back online for a third straight school year as COVID-19 rates spike in the EU's least vaccinated country. Parents are furious, saying being away from classmates is taking a heavy mental toll.
November 30, 2021
'Stalking, Threats, Deprived Of A Normal Life': A Bulgarian Domestic Violence Victim Speaks Out
Petya suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband before divorcing him. She is one of many victims of domestic abuse in Bulgaria, but the number is unclear. The government does not tabulate such statistics, underscoring what some say is a failure to take the issue seriously.
November 02, 2021
'He Hit Me And Just Kept Coming': Mob Allegedly Led By Bulgarian Presidential Candidate Attacks LGBT Center
Gloriya Filipova not only witnessed the attack on an LGBT center in Sofia on October 30, she says she was punched in the face by the alleged leader of the mob, Boyan Rasate, an ultraright candidate in Bulgaria's upcoming presidential election. Filipova recounts the mayhem to RFE/RL.
June 27, 2019
Socialist Paradise? Bulgarian Textbooks Accused Of Whitewashing Communist Era
Thirty years after the collapse of communism, Bulgarian high-school students are finally getting history textbooks that cover the totalitarian era in their country. But critics say the proposed textbooks contain "candid propaganda cliches" and ignore the fear and oppression of daily life.