On Bulgaria's Political Sanity and Tapegate: It's Boss's Choice!

Editorial |Author: Ivan Dikov | January 23, 2012, Monday // 17:07|  views

Monday, January 23, 2012, was a pretty exciting day in Bulgaria for a number of reasons.

One is that Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov seemingly overstepped the borders of political sanity by explaining that he would still be kissing the hands of those Bulgarian bishops who have worked for the former communist secret police and intelligence (DS – "State Security" because "The Boss" allowed them to be bishops.

Important note: "The Boss" is how Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov refers to (the Orthodox Christian) God. Endearing, isn't it?

Another exciting development on Monday was the announcement of the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office that it stopped the investigation of Tapegate (or Tanovgate), a pretty cool scandal from a year ago, remember?

The "Tapegate" scandal flared up in early January 2011, when the Galeria weekly, released three tapes of discrediting conversations between Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Customs Agency head Vanyo Tanov, Finance Minister Simeon Djankov, and Deputy Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov. In one of the conversations Borisov was heard ordering Tanov to immediately pull out customs inspectors out of the "Ledenika" brewery owned by Mihail Mihov because he had promised the businessman not to bother him. Mihov died on March 30, 2011 after suffering a severe heart attack.

So at first Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov explained how shocked he was when it was revealed that 11 out of the 15 members of the Bulgarian Holy Synod had worked for the communist secret service. Now he started to mention to "The Boss", saying it has been His choice to let the collaborators be bishops, and then, one day, to bring a new government (Borisov's) to open their communist era files.

One gets to wonder, if "The Boss" inspiring such wise thoughts with the Bulgarian Prime Minister is indeed God, or some kind of a "mother ship" from space.

The same apparently goes for the investigation of Tapegate, the scandal exposing the murky dealings of Bulgaria's political and oligarchy leaders with tapes that were apparently leaked from Bulgaria's State National Security Agency DANS, supposedly by people close to former DANS agency Aleksei Petrov. (Who would expect a nation without a basic sense of belonging together to have no intelligence leaks, anyway?)

Don't you worry, the stopped investigation of Tapegate doesn't mean that the Boykoland government is powerless to find the perpetrators and to explain the revelations made, or that the Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office isn't doing its job, or that all of that is a set of murky ties, lies, and backstage dealings.

It just means that – as in the case with the communist spy bishops – it's God's, oops, The Boss's choice! He sent all that from above. And apparently, He will be the only one that can be hoped to judge and bring to justice.

Here is a funny thought, though: what if, shockingly for all those involved – the communist spy bishops included – it turns out that The Boss indeed exists up there, and will judge and render to each one, according to their deeds?...

This article in BULGARIAN

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Tags: Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister, Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Holy Synod, Tapegate, Tanovgate, Sofia City Prosecutor's Office, Nikolay Kokinov, Vanyo Tanov, Misho Birata, Mihail Mihov, Aleksei Petrov, Galeria, DS, State Security, communist era, spies, collaborators


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