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Ruslan Trad

Founder of De Re Militari Journal. Freelancer and analyst with focus on conflicts, Syria an the Balkans. Co-founder of Global Voices in Bulgarian.

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As Some March to Honor a Pro-Nazi General in Sofia, Others Rally to Decry Fascism

"Lukov...was one of the fiercest advocates of Bulgaria’s Nazi-inspired 'Law for the Protection of the Nation' that, among other things, forced the country’s 50,000 Jews to wear yellow stars."

ISIS Attempts to Exploit Balkan War Wounds With Localized Propaganda

The region has a painful legacy of war that has divided people along ethnic and religious lines.

‘Justice for All’ Initiative Seeks Judicial Reforms and an End to High-Level Corruption in Bulgaria

About 2,000 people gathered in the center of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, demanding judicial reforms. Protests were also held in the cities of Plovdiv and Varna.

Bulgarians React Quickly in Solidarity Response to Hitrino Train Tragedy

At least seven people were killed in the blast that followed a rail accident in one of the country's most impoverished regions.

Russia-Trained Civil Militias Along Bulgaria's Borders Are ‘Ready for War With Refugees’

The civilian militias hunting refugees along the country's borders are a major manifestation of the rising tide of xenophobia in Bulgaria. Yet the authorities are mostly silent on the issue.

Bulgaria's First Crowdfunding Journalism Project

Bulgaria's Mizia Is a City Under Water After Heavy Flooding

Hundreds of people lost their homes in the city of Mizia, when unrelenting rain recently caused the Skat River to overflow. Bulgarians have scrambled to gather supplies for the victims.

Russian-French Opposition Activist Koblyakov Arrested in Bulgaria

Nikolay Koblyakov, founder of the French NGO Free Russia, which for years has organized protests against Putin's regime, was arrested at Sofia Airport on July 29, 2014.

Crowdsourcing a Fair Election in Bulgaria

In less than five days, on May 12, Bulgarian citizens will elect a new parliament. There are doubts, however, about the fairness of the upcoming vote. To help monitor the...

Self-Immolations Energize Bulgarian Protests

Three recent cases of self-immolation in Bulgaria have energized the protesters. New rallies are planned for March 3, Bulgaria's National Day. Ruslan Trad reports.

Bulgarian Government Quits, But Protests Continue

The protests in Bulgaria continue: on Sunday, in Sofia and other cities, tens of thousands of people marched against corruption, high utility bills and poverty. Ruslan Trad reports from the...

High Energy Bills Keep Bulgarians Protesting

On Sunday, February 17, tens of thousands of people in Bulgaria's capital Sofia and other cities continued to protest against high electricity and heating bills. Ruslan Trad reports.

Inside the Audacious Assassination Attempt in Bulgaria

The January 19 gunman attack on the Bulgarian politician Ahmed Dogan has provoked many reactions by politicians and netizens - with some convinced that the assassination attempt was staged.

Counter of Syrian War Victims Installed in Bulgarian Capital

Bulgarian Activist on Hunger Strike Against State Monopoly

Candles Lit for Gaza in Bulgaria's Capital

Massive Rally in Bulgaria's Capital Ends in Arrests (Updated)

Bulgaria: “Are You a Terrorist?”

Bulgaria: Sofia, “Past&Present”

Bulgaria: Syrian and Iraqi Refugees on Hunger Strike

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