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Leaks: How Bulgarian gas mafia and Boyko Borissov made a deal with Putin for Turkstream

Leaks: How Bulgarian gas mafia and Boyko Borissov made a deal with Putin for Turkstream

The documents depict secret arrangements violating public procurement procedures and obeying Russian corporate interests


How Bulgaria’s pop stars started fighting the "gender" wars

How Bulgaria’s pop stars started fighting the "gender" wars

Although Bulgarian music often imitates Western trends, in recent times revered artists have tried to reconnect with their audiences by demonstrating mistrust in democracy and liberal values


Prosecution launches an attack against a political party because of Gazprom deliveries

Prosecution launches an attack against a political party because of Gazprom deliveries

The indictments of ex-Energy Minister Alexander Nikolov and two of his associates for mismanagement of the gas crisis of April 2022 lie on shaky grounds




The week: A few remarks before the new Parliament begins, how not to build highways, and an economist to follow

The week: A few remarks before the new Parliament begins, how not to build highways, and an economist to follow

Penny (or kopeika) for your thoughts



The Donev cabinet’s appeasement of Gazprom may cost Bulgaria dearly

The Donev cabinet’s appeasement of Gazprom may cost Bulgaria dearly

The potential restart of payments - in rubles - to the Russian gas giant, advocated by President Radev’s caretaker cabinet could incur 1.8 billion euro in damages for Sofia



Will the caretaker gov’t start a U-turn on Russia?

Will the caretaker gov’t start a U-turn on Russia?

On its second day in office, the new Bulgarian cabinet announced a course towards "containment of the chaos and destruction" in the energy sector. This might well translate as a pivot to Moscow


Bulgaria: further away from Russia’s claws, but still close enough

Bulgaria: further away from Russia’s claws, but still close enough

An unprecedented diplomatic row between Russia and Bulgaria as the latter plunged into a political crisis


What stands behind the arcane $1 billion investment memorandum with Gemcorp and IP3 funds?

What stands behind the arcane $1 billion investment memorandum with Gemcorp and IP3 funds?

Kapital Insights sheds light on the main points of the controversial memorandum signed by the two investment funds and the government


Chiren - Bulgaria’s sole underground gas storage facility

Chiren - Bulgaria’s sole underground gas storage facility

Bulgaria’s energy independence from Russia hinges on Chiren’s capacity


Is Bulgaria the weak link in Europe’s fight against Russian disinformation?

Is Bulgaria the weak link in Europe’s fight against Russian disinformation?

Pro-Kremlin propaganda has been flooding the country for years, fracturing the social fabric and offering a fruitful environment for the spread of disinformation


Bulgaria’s liberation from Russian gas

Bulgaria’s liberation from Russian gas

The apocalypse dreaded by many after Gazprom stopped its supplies to Bulgaria did not materialize – on the contrary, it became clear that Sofia can reduce its dependence on Moscow gas


The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 2: The real players

The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 2: The real players

In the second article of a two-part series, KInsights explores how Putin’s war in Ukraine exposed that Bulgarian politics remains hostage to a powerful pro-Kremlin network holding key positions in the state


The end of the free press is the beginning of wars

The end of the free press is the beginning of wars

Independent journalism in democratic societies is one of the most important barriers to autocracy


The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 1: How it works and who is behind it

The real influence of Russia in Bulgaria, part 1: How it works and who is behind it

In this two-part series, KInsights explores how Putin’s war in Ukraine exposed that Bulgarian politics remains hostage to a powerful pro-Kremlin network holding key positions in the state


Bulgaria can manage without Russian gas, but will have to pay up for it

Bulgaria can manage without Russian gas, but will have to pay up for it

Gazprom halts gas deliveries to Bulgaria, which is almost 100% dependent on imports from Russia. Imports from Romania and Greece can substitute it, but at a cost


Michael Ignatieff: The History That Got Us Here

Michael Ignatieff: The History That Got Us Here

The Canadian historian, politician and author reflects on the Russian war against Ukraine, why it happened - and where it might bring us