Bulgarian News Summary: June 2nd, 2018

Hristo Botev Honored Across Bulgaria

Bulgaria remembered one of its most important heroes today. Hristo Botev, a poet and revolutionary, died 142 years ago today, when he was hit by an Ottoman sniper. Botev was only 28 years old.

In Sofia, the sirens sounded at noon today, in honor of Botev. Mayor Yordanka Fandakova had asked the city’s bus drivers to stop their vehicles at that moment, in memory of the fallen hero.

In Vratsa, close to where Botev was killed in 1876, President Rumen Radev honored Hristo Botev: “Great spirit, just a handful of companions and tragic destruction, this is the story of Botev and his comrades”, Radev said.

“This is also a frequent part of Bulgarian history. Not the bullet, but the indifference, the fear and the cowardice killed the poet.”

Bulgaria’s national hero Hristo Botev.

Drug Trafficker Angelov Extradited to Bulgaria

Ventsislav Angelov, a convicted drug trafficker held responsible for smuggling forbidden substances from Peru to Spain, was extradited to Bulgaria by Germany today. Europol played a role in apprehending him. Angelov is supposed to serve a prison sentence in his home country.

Rose Queen Crowned at Kazanlak Rose Festival

Mihaela Hadzhieva, an 18-year-old, is the new Rose Queen. She was crowned at the famous Rose Festival in the Bulgarian town of Kazanlak. Apart from Bulgarians, foreign tourists, and in particular Asian guests, love that annual event in Bulgaria’s Rose Valley.

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More News From Bulgaria

Trakia Freeway, the most important road in Bulgaria, which connects the capital Sofia with the Black Sea, was closed in both directions on Saturday morning, when a heavy truck crashed and overturned. The driver was not injured, according to Bulgarian language publications. Police were working on restoring traffic in the early afternoon.

Weather Forecast for Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

According to multiple sources, showers are to be expected in some regions in central and eastern Bulgaria. In the rest of the country, it will be sunny to cloudy with temperatures of 23 to 27 degrees Centigrade at the Black Sea, and up to 30 degrees further west.


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