Archive for February, 2015

Lift Set on Fire Hours Before Start of Bansko Ski World Cup

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The transformer of a Ski lift was set ablaze early on Saturday just before the beginning the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in the Bulgarian resort Bansko.

No-one has been injured.

The lift, which is not in the immediate range of the Ski World Cup, is owned by Yulen, a concessioner of the ski zone around Bansko. However, the piste where it lies is one of the most preferred by tourists during the international event.

Standart News reports police found an inscription reading: “You will burn”.

A Yulen representative has described the development as a “terror act”, especially given the fact it took place “during the Ski World Cup”.


Bulgarian President: We Are Concerned about Russia over Nemtsov’s Death

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

“We love and respect this Russia that gave the world many achievements and culture, but are concerned for this Russia where such killings happen,” President Rosen Plenveliev has said.

The comment of Bulgaria’s head of state was dedicated to the murder of opposition activist Boris Nemtsov who was shot dead last week.

Plevneliev voiced his hope that the killers are found in a brief time.

“We are concerned with Russia over the non-compliance with the rule of law and Russia which annexes foreign territories,” he added.


Russia Opposition Allowed to Hold Mourning March after Nemtsov Death

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Opposition leader Ilya Yashin has announced a rally paying tribute to Boris Nemtsov is to take place on Sunday, March 1, after a dispute with Moscow officials was settled.

Earlier, the municipality denied Nemtsov’s fellow activists the right to reschedule a march which was planned to take place on Sunday, on the outskirts of Moscow. 

Nemtsov was killed on Friday evening, shortly before midnight, and Russian officials are now investigating the murder, with President Vladimir Putin saying he is personally “in control”.


Nemtsov Murder: Conflicting Versions of Russian Oppositon Leader’s Killing

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

There have been various suggestions as to why opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed on Thursday evening in Moscow, 500 meters from the Kremlin. Here are some of them:

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesperson, has called the development a “100-percent provocation” and “a contract killing”.

An Interior Ministry source quoted by Interfax argues it was a “political murder” aimed at destabilizing the environment in the country.

Russia’s Investigative Committee believes there could be various reasons, including his position on the Charlie Hebdo attack of January 7.

Nemtsov’s fellow activists do not rule out that the murder could be related with his report “proving” active and direct Russian involvement in Ukraine, a document that had been in preparation.

An Interfax source speaks of “relation to his business activities”.


Bulgaria PM Undergoes Knee Surgery

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov underwent knee surgery on Saturday morning, government officials have said.

The intervention lasted two-and-a-half hours, and the PM was told he should expect a quick recovery.

This comes days before Borisov’s meetings on Wednesday with FBI head James Comey and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev.


Moscow Prohibits Nemtsov Tribute Rally

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Local officials in the Russian capital Moscow have refused to allow a mourning march in memory of oppositioner Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday evening.

Aleksey Mayorov, a municipal public safety official, says only the government is currently able to respond to a demand by opposition activists who wish to hold the rally in Moscow’s central area.

An “anti-crisis march” was to be held Sunday in another location of the city, but organizers announced after Nemtsov’s murder they would only pay tribute to the opposition leader in central Moscow.

In Mayorov’s words cited by, the local authorities need at least three days to work on a request. 


Russian Investigators: Nemtsov Killing Linked to Charlie Hebdo Comments

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Investigators are working on the hypothesis that the killing of Boris Nemtsov was related to his stance on the attack of Charlie Hebdo magazine.

“Nemtsov received threats related to his position on the shooting of journalists in the office of Charlie Hebdo edition in Paris,” Vladimir Markin, who represents the Investigative Committee of the Russian Fedеration, said in a statement.

It added there were more witnesses of the development and they are currently being interrogated. (The victim was accompanied by a Ukrainian model at the time). Special teams are also working on the phone conversations of Nemtsov prior to his murder.

“That the crime was carefully planned, is beyond any doubt, along with the place picked for the murder.” Earlier, the Kremlin described the event as “a contract killing.”

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation is the country’s main investigative authority.

Its comments come hours after the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in the center of Moscow.

At the same time the events could be “a provocation for the destabilization” of Russia’s political environment.

“The figure of Nemtsov could become a kind of sacrifice for those who do not abhor the use of no methods to achieve its political goals,” Markin has added.

Neither does the Investigative Committee rule out the likelihood of a link with the Ukraine conflict.

Official information from the SKR’s website also sheds some light on the killing itself.

“A 9-mm Makarov pistol” was supposedly used, Markin added


Bulgaria to Back New Sanctions on Russia if Minsk Deal Fails

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Sofia will support new sanctions against Russia if the agreement to end hostilities in Ukraine’s Donbass region does not yield results, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov says.

In a Friday interview with Reuters Mitov added the country was considering whether to send a humanitarian convoy with food and medical aid to ethnic Bulgarians in Ukraine.

In his words, “the sanctions are the only instrument which the European Union and the transatlantic community in general have at this very moment, as no one of course wants to go to war and we are hoping for political solution, for a diplomatic solution.”

“But of course we are ready to react accordingly if the agreement gets violated,” Mitov added.

Ukraine struck with Donbass rebels in mid-February a deal brokered by Russia, Germany and France under which both Kiev and rebels are to lay down arms, retreat heavy weapons from Eastern Ukraine and work for stability and peace.


Russia Opposition to Move Rally to Moscow Center after Nemtsov Murder

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The opposition in Russia has rescheduled a march planned for Sunday after prominent politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered on Friday evening.

Alexander Chernykh, a member of Nemtsov’s party RPR-PARNAS, wrote on Twitter that no protest action will be held in a more suburban Moscow area, but only in the city center.

Also, no protest demonstration is to be held, but only a mourn


Nemtsov ‘Was Preparing Report on Russia-Ukraine Standoff’ – Opposition

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Murdered Russian oppositioner Boris Nemtsov was working on a report allegedly containing evidence of Russia’s direct involvement in Ukraine’s unrest, according to Nemtsov’s fellow colleagues.

Ilya Yashin, an activist who had close ties to Nemtsov, told Ekho Moskvy radio he had spoken to Nemtsov two days before his killing on Thursday evening.

In his words, there is no doubt his murder was of a “political” nature.


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