Russophiles in Bulgaria organise own Soviet Victory Day celebrations

A committee is organising its own celebrations in Sofia and other Bulgarian cities and towns of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Victory Day on May 9 and has sent out invitations to state and government leaders – but only the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party has confirmed attendance.

The group, styling itself the “nationwide public committee for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory over Hitler’s fascism” is holding a series of events from May 4 to 9, with celebrations culminating at the Soviet Army Monument in the Bulgarian capital on Saturday.

Against a background of outrage against Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, many Western leaders are snubbing the grandiose Soviet-style military parade planned for the Russian capital on May 9. Reports have said that Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev has no plans to attend.

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