Bulgaria’s far-right movements are rather heterogeneous as far as their activities and structures are concerned. Ideologically, however, they share similarities. The framework within which they inscribe themselves is the typical fusion of ethnonational xenophobia and anti-political-establishment populism. The former finds its roots in the country’s ethnic miscellaneousity. In the local right-wing discourse we encounter phrases calling for the defence of “traditional values” and the “Christian family” – an attitude usually extra-pronounced in ethnically uniformed countries. Recent developments in Bulgaria’s foreign policy added to this an extreme and flagrant homophobia.


February 2022

Besides the annual Lukov March, which is of international significance, February in Bulgaria was quite busy for the far-righters. First of all, chronologically, although a bit aside, it is worth mentioning the hysteria that gripped the nationalist circles in the country. The Ministry of Culture agreed to finance a project that focus on the new …

January 2022

January in Bulgaria was decently forged since the middle of last month. Back then, Revival officially announced their protest march against the COVID-19 measures in front of the National Assembly building, which was about to take place on the 12th of January.

December 2021

Besides a few minor campaigns by both factions of BNU, aimed at attracting attention on the main streets of Bulgaria’s biggest cities, December was relatively quiet. Concerned with the “pensioners and the underprivileged” (probably influenced by the Third Reich’s Winterhilfswerk), Boyan Rasate’s cronies from BNU-New Democracy distributed “hot teas and treats” on the Sofia and Plovdiv’s main pedestrian walkways from 17th till 24th of December, spreading also flyers and stickers, attracting new members.

November 2021

Key Developments   This November, the situation in Bulgaria was relatively turbulent. For 14th of November, the third emergency parliamentary elections for the year were combined with the presidential ones. Only one far-right political party made it into the parliament. Kostadin Kostadinov’s Vazrazhdane, which was extremely active during the anti-Covid protests around the country (as a …

October 2021

In mid-July, 2021 the Bulgarian National Union (BNU, Sofia) officially announced their new headquarters. It is located at 87 Tsar Simeon Street in the capital. The location is precisely next to the so-called “Woman’s Market” which for years now is a sort of a center for the socio-economic life of migrants from different countries around the Middle East and Africa as well as for Roma people from different regions in Bulgaria. According to the local activists, lately far-right vandalism (hate-filled stickers, graffiti, etc.) has increased dramatically along each of the routes leading to BNU activists final destination.