Nationalist Chief: Bulgaria, Russia Are Like Father and SonDomestic | August 24, 2013, Saturday // 15:00| views
Bulgarian nationalist leader, Volen Siderov, photo by BGNES
The relationship between Bulgaria and Russia must be like the one between a father and a son in which Bulgaria is the father, says nationalist leader, Volen Siderov.
Siderov spoke Saturday, after walking on foot (the only political party leader to do so) to the Shipka peak in Stara Planina to attend the official ceremony marking the 136th anniversary of the heroic Shipka Pass Battle during the 1877-1878 Liberation War.
The nationalist blasted those whom he labeled "neo-democrats" for attending universities in the Soviet Union and later snubbing Russia and professing anti-Russian attitude.
"Bulgaria is the father of Russia because we created Russian alphabet, culture and religion. For this reason I cannot have a negative attitude towards Russia, as a parent cannot hate their offspring," said Siderov.
He declared his party "Ataka" and himself as its leader were always present at places and ceremonies related to Bulgarian history, adding he found it strange the leaders of the other parliamentary represented parties – the opposition, formerly-ruling centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, the left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, and the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms – did not attend the Shipka event.
"Boyko Borisov, Sergey Stanishev, and Lyutvi Mestan are nowhere to be seen. The leaders of other parties pretending to be patriotic ones such as VMRO and the National Front for Salvation of Bulgaria, NFSB, are also missing. They stir huge noise when they must attack my party, but when they have to walk 999 steps as I did to talk to people, no one can find them. I come here without security guards; I do not go on the official stage as I prefer to be among the common people," Siderov stressed.
He noted that the Municipal Administration of the city of Gabrovo failed to mention Ataka in the list of political parties that laid wreaths and flowers, but explained he was used to such tricks.
Siderov stated that Bulgarian volunteer soldiers fought on Shipka against the Ottoman army to preserve their faith and religion and prevent fellow country people from "bowing to the crescent."
"This shy attitude towards Russia in recent years is the result hypocrisy and brownnosing regarding American ambitions for geopolitical hegemony," the nationalist leader concluded.
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