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MICHAEL ZAIMOV'S SOZOPOL

Overcrowded, overdeveloped, simply put overwhelming: in summertime, Sozopol is the definition of a place you must avoid if you are looking for some semblance of tranquillity at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Off season, the town is more bearable, but reminders of the tourist industry are everywhere. In the picturesque old quarter, clinging to a narrow rocky peninsula, there is hardly a lane free from signs advertising rooms to let, or restaurants with plastic window frames closed for winter, or hip art galleries.

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WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

Referred to by everyone as just "The Russian Church," its initial purpose was to serve the Russian emigres in town. It was erected on Russian land and its maintenance was given to the Russian legation nearby. When the Bolsheviks took power in 1917, two things happened. Firstly, the Soviet diplomatic corps neglected it and, second, the number of White Russian emigres increased manyfold. Understandably, The Kremlin did not like that.

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QUOTE-UNQUOTE

Since yesterday afternoon a drone has been hovering around my terrace and has entered it.

Yasen Todorov, deputy director of the National Investigations Service

I was proposed (someone said, by Boyko Borisov) to become ambassador to Israel or Turkey. I did not take this seriously.

Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev

All the prosecutor general does is talk about me. He thinks I am afraid of him. I  do not get scared easily.

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WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

There are no road signs pointing to it and the road itself, which was once asphalt, is slow and tortuous. Yet, you are less than a mile from one of this country's major tourist attractions, and coming down to the water will guarantee a full day of seaside pleasures that will not leave you – pun intended – at sea.

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CAR OF DISCORD

Everyone who has had some work to do with the Bulgarian police should have noticed the despicable conditions in which rank and file officers often work. Their uniforms are bad, their offices have been last repaired in the times when the Bulgarian police was called People's Militia, and they often have to pay out of their pocket for fuel to drive their rather old and rusty patrol cars.

Seemingly, some officers have found an ingenious way to drive something better. No, we are not talking about the confiscated Porsche that Sofia police used to patrol with in the 2000s.

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THE REPUBLIC PASS CROSSES WHICH MOUNTAIN?

1. What do Bulgarians celebrate on 6 May?

A. St George's Feast

B. Liberation

C. Independence

2. Where do you go for spa delights and Roman ruins?

A. Velingrad

B. Hisarya

C. Devin

3. Where is Bulgaria's Railway Museum?

A. Sofia

B. Plovdiv

C. Ruse

4. Which is Bulgaria's longest and deepest cave?

A. Devetashka Cave

B. Kolkina Dupka

C. Devil's Throat

5. Who was the founder of Bulgaria?

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QUOTE-UNQUOTE

GERB want a Latin American type of stability – a handful of people and companies getting all the money while the rest of the people are poor or emigrate to escape being poor.

Asen Vasilev, Changes Continued

One of the political players, CC-DB, were unable to win the election. The other political player, GERB, were unable to lose them.

Arman Babikyan, political commentator

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WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

Growing roses and extracting valuable attar of roses is a big thing here in springtime. And the area is doted with bigger and smaller mounds most of which conceal tombs belonging to ancient Thracian nobility. The area is squeezed between two major mountain ranges, the Stara Planina and the Sredna Gora. What is the name of the big town in the Valley of Roses?

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