Bulgarian Renegade MPs Mull New Pro-Russian Party

Domestic | February 24, 2012, Friday // 18:35|  views

In July 2011, Dimitar Chukarski left the RZS party, citing disagreements with the policy of the leadership, which he has described as "too radical". Photo by BGNES

Several Bulgarian independent Members of the Parliament are planning the launch of new political pro-Russian oriented party, modeled after Putin's United Russia.

The three main founders will be the renegade MPs from the marginal conservative Order, Law and Justice party, RZS, Dimitar Chukarski and Todor Velikov, and the former right-wing Blue Coalition MP, Ventsislav Varbanov.

The news was reported by the Bulgarian "Dnevnik" daily, citing Chukarski.

The party like Putin's project will aim at uniting liberals, conservatives, greens, and nationalists.

At the beginning of February, all three went on a visit to Moscow on the invitation of United Russia. Since the beginning of the week they are working to secure the support of other RZS renegades and of those from the far-right, nationalist Ataka party.

"This will be a party of ideas, not a party of its leader, and will aim at Bulgaria's economic prosperity. It is not pro-Russian, but it will be Russian as well. We, Bulgarians, have an inferiority complex when it comes to Russia," Chukarski is quoted saying.

He added that they will work to reinstate the traditionally good relations between Sofia and Moscow, because either way Bulgaria is bound with Russian energy resources, and it must benefit from the large Russian market.

The MP denied that while in Moscow, the three had held talks on the future of the project to build with Russian financing and equipment a second Nuclear Power Plant in Bulgaria's Danube town of Belene

The three are seeking an economy expert as their project's frontman to formulate alternative business decisions.

"Bulgaria is Europe's tax heaven, but it does not benefit from this over bureaucratic regulations," Chukarski further informed, adding their first choice of name for the party was "Bulgaria for Citizens and Regions," but they might have to change it over the civic movement, dubbed "Bulgaria for Citizens," established by former Bulgarian European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva.

All three are connected through their common past as members of the right-wing Union of Democratic Forces, UDF.

They insist they will finance the project on their own and had paid from their own pockets for the trip to Moscow.

When asked by "Dnevnik" if they will count on Russian financing, Chukarski replied: "When it comes, I will tell you."

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Tags: Independent, MPs, Dimitar, Chukarski, RZS, party, Ataka, UDF, Blue Coalition, Todor Velikov, Ventsislav Varbanov, United Russia, Russia, Putin, Belene, renegade, civic movement, Bulgaria for Citizens, former Bulgarian European Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva


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