Bulgarian nationalist newspaper becomes latest to cease publication

Bulgarian nationalist weekly Desant, owned by National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria leader Valeri Simeonov and self-described as a “patriotic” publication, has printed its last issue.

It is the latest in a series of Bulgarian publications to cease printing in 2016, following daily Novinar, Bulgarian-Turkish daily Zaman-Bulgaria and the decision for daily Trud to stop coming out on Sundays.

Official statistics by Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute in recent years have shown steady declines not only in the number of Bulgarian print publications, but also in the circulations of those that remain.

Desant was started in April 2009 under the ownership of Simeonov, who is co-leader of the nationalist Patriotic Front, a minority partner in Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s coalition government, which it supports in Parliament while not having seats in the Cabinet.

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