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"Yes, on the very eve of this visit to Moscow there were appeals, rather insistent appeals, for me to ‘catch a diplomatic cold,' and lower the level sharply and manifestly. Jokingly, I asked whether we should not apply this approach to those countries where the financial and economic crisis began and thus punish them, figuratively speaking."

President Georgi Parvanov

"A lot of people in Bulgaria work for the Russians and Russia; I could say that the prevalent political establishment works in the interest of Russia."

Vasil Filipov, former executive director of Bulgargas

"The demands for a 50 percent rise of the salaries of Interior Ministry staff sound brazen. Police officers should look around, listen carefully, judge the situation and see what is happening."

Mihail Mikov, interior minister

"If we all have jobs after a year, this will be good."

Nikolay Vasilev, minister of state administration

"The Bulgarian Constitution is inanely written and fundamentally wrong…The Constitution regulates elections in the most idiotic way and has to be amended."

Professor Mihail Konstantinov, election law expert

"I have more important work to do today than to listen to Mr Martens' comments. It is to go and make the first move in the chess game between Topalov and Kamsky."

Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev, after European People's Party President Wilfried Martens asked him to apologise for his statement that the European Commission applied double standards to Bulgaria

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