Bulgaria's notorious former minister for Bulgarians abroad, Bozhidar Dimitrov, was immortalised in Antarctica when the Bulgarian Antarctic Committee named a bay off the Graham Coast after him.
Dimitrov, a former agent for the Communist-era secret police, or Darzhavna sigurnost, is now the director of the National History Museum in Sofia. A historian by education, he is often referred to by the media as "professor," although some members of the academic community cannot recall him ever being awarded that title.
It was not immediately clear on what merits the Bulgarian Antarctic Committee, the body in charge of Bulgaria's chunk of Antarctica, decided to add Bozhidar Dimitrov's name to that continent's toponymy.
Dimitrov Bay is 6.8 kilometres wide and is located off the Velingrad Peninsula. Two glaciers, the Hoek and the Rusalka, or Mermaid, drain into it.
Dimitrov was forced to resign in late 2010. His ministry, which had been established two years previously especially for him, was then abolished. He is the author of many books, usually extolling Bulgaria's contribution to human civilisation by claiming that Bulgarians were "the first Europeans." In 2010 Dimitrov went on record as saying "I am fed up with this f***ing people!" While he was a minister, he became famous with what he billed as his significant contribution to Bulgaria's population growth. His strategy was to grant Bulgarian, and therefore EU, citizenship to ethnic Bulgarians in the Republic of Macedonia and parts of Ukraine. Antarctica, apparently, was not included.