#eu2018bg: Where Did Everyone Go? On Why Young People Do Not See Their Future in Bulgaria

One of the four priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU which started in January 2018 is the future of Europe and young people. Paradoxically, Bulgaria has experience in motivating young people to seek a future elsewhere and to never return home.

According to the latest population projections by the United Nations, Bulgaria has the fastest shrinking population in the world: it is expected that by 2050, it will decrease by 23%. This is regrettable, but not surprising. Bulgaria has the highest mortality rate in the EU and the number of live births in the country continues to drop.

There is also a parallel story. Recently, researchers from the Bulgarian Academy of Science warned that there are more Bulgarians working abroad than in Bulgaria: 2.5 million work abroad and 2.2 million work in Bulgaria, to be precise. Moreover, 17% of those who graduate from high school in Bulgaria choose to pursue their university education abroad. It is likely they will stay there, too.

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Vlog Post: The Horrifying Reality of Bulgarian Custodial and Detention Facilities

How does Bulgaria, which currently presides the Council of the EU, treat detainees and prisoners? The short answer is like a dictatorship.

In my article “Hell is Closer than the EU Thinks: On Torture and Other Human Rights Abuses in Bulgarian Custodial and Detention Facilities,” I raised concern that Bulgaria has not made any progress in the area of prison conditions for the past twenty years. The picture is rather gloomy: deliberate physical ill-treatment, rampant corruption, deteriorating material conditions, etc. This is what reputable international organizations such as the United Nations and the Council of Europe have discovered. Moreover, they concur that the situation has not been addressed in any way by a long line of governments. The European Court of Human Rights has also handed down a series of judgments against Bulgaria, but the country continues to advance in the most non-prestigious ranking — major violator of the European Convention on Human Rights.

It is high time to end this nightmare taking place in an EU member. #SayNoToAbuse

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The Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU: The Emperor Has No Clothes

As you may or may not know, every six months one of the Member States of the European Union assumes the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union (also known as Council of Ministers). In practice, this means that the current government of the presiding Member State determines the agenda of the aforementioned Council, sets a work program aimed at enhancing the policies of the European Union, and chairs the planned meetings.

Politicians diplomatically say that this is an occasion for each Member State to exercise leadership and to promote policies it is truly committed to. The sad reality, however, is that it has very little significance. When Malta, for example, was presenting the report on its Presidency before the European Parliament in July 2017, only about 30 out of the 751 Members of the European Parliament attended the sitting. The President of the European Commission famously told the European Parliament: “You are ridiculous…If [Malta’s PM] was Ms Merkel or Mr Macron, we would have a full house.” Read More

How to Purge a Scholar? A Guide to Bogus Interpol Notices from Bulgaria

When I read that Russia issued an Interpol warrant for Bill Browder for the fifth time, I was deeply disturbed. Author of Red Notice, Bill Browder campaigns actively against authoritarianism. He lobbied the US Congress to enact the Global Magnitsky Act, which allows the US Government to sanction foreign government officials implicated in human rights abuses. The Magnitsky Act made Russian officials quite upset: they have been trying to trap Mr. Browder via Interpol for a while. Read More

Видео пост: Моята петиция в подкрепа на жалбата по закона “Магнитски”

Както е добре известно, през август 2017 г. стартирах петиция в подкрепа на жалбата на Цветан Василев по закона “Магнитски”. Изключително съм благодарна на всички смели хора, които я разписаха!

Същевременно вярвам, че повече хора трябва да научат за безпрецедентното поругаване на човешките права в България. Законът „Магнитски“ дава уникален шанс да се даде урок на тези, които злоупотребяват с власт, тъй като санкционира конкретните държавни служители, които нарушават човешките права. Не е случайно, че прокуратурата ми повдигна абсурдно обвинение само три дни, след като баща ми подаде жалбата в САЩ, а жълтите медии бълват нелепици за баща ми и семейството ми непрестанно. Read More

My First Vlog Post: “The Rise of Modern Dictatorships and EU’s Dual Standards”

When I launched radosvetavassileva.blog two months ago, I ended my first blog post with the following words: “The whole world will learn about the crimes Bulgaria’s mafia has committed and the whole world will be watching its imminent demise! The lights are on!”. I am very happy to share that my blog has already more than 14 000 viewers. I really want to thank my readers for their interest in my point of view. I also want to thank everyone who signed my petition in support of my father’s application under the US Magnitsky Act. Many thanks to those who follow my family on Twitter too! If you have not done so, you can find us @Radosveta_vass, @AnVassileva, @TzvetVassilev.

As one famous quote, which is often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, goes: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” No matter how hard some people try to suffocate the truth, it will come out. Read More

On How Bulgaria’s Corrupt Authorities Abuse Interpol’s Red Notice for Violent Political Vendettas


Hello! My name is Radosveta Vassileva and I am a legal scholar based in the UK. I happen to be a Bulgarian national. Recently, in August 2017, I visited my parents in Serbia for my father’s birthday. My parents are refugees there—they have been politically persecuted by Bulgaria as my father exposed corruption at the highest levels of government. When I went to register with the Serbian police as any foreigner who intends to stay in Serbia for more than one day is obliged to have a registration, the officer told me politely that they had to arrest me because Bulgaria had put me on Interpol’s Red Notice list. Needless to say, I was stunned and horrified. How did a young legal scholar and doctor of law end up on this “special” list, but most of all—how is it possible for a European Union Member State to abuse European legal instruments and Interpol’s Red Notice list to target political and economic opponents? If you are curious, keep reading! This is a story of violent abuse of law and human rights by corrupt Bulgarian officials. This is a frightening tale of how Bulgaria’s corrupt authorities can put you on Interpol’s Red Notice list even before they bring nonsensical charges against you and before they summon you in violation of both Bulgarian and European law! Yes, they are that arrogant, ruthless, and vengeful. Read More