Penal Code: “Art. 103. (Amendment – SG No. 75 of 2006, in force from 13.10.2006) Whoever, performing public service and… intentionally leads them to the detriment of the republic, shall be punished by imprisonment from freedom from ten to fifteen years…”
Government “Borisov 1”
The long-term project for the “Belene” NPP, which has gone through countless vicissitudes, is in its next stage.
According to Bivol’s revelations: “Exceeding his powers, Krasimir Parvanov, executive director of NEK, signs the critically engaging Addendum 12 (Annex 12) to the 2006 Agreement between NEK and Atomstroyexport (ASE) for the construction of two units of the Belene NPP, which more late costs us BGN 1.2 billion.”
Parvanov was fired by the then Minister of Energy Traicho Traikov, but instead of being handed over to the law enforcement authorities, he was almost immediately reinstated by Prime Minister Borisov, and later appointed as Deputy Minister of Energy in the “Borisov 3” cabinet, he is also a representative of the golden state share in… “Lukoil”.
Government “Borisov 2”
On the basis of this specific Annex 12, a decision of the Court of Arbitration in Geneva was issued, with which NEK was sentenced to pay 600 million euros to the Russian company “Atomstroyexport”.
“White&Case” is the firm that defends NEK against the Russian state company, and at the same time defends the Russian state in another arbitration case for 50 billion. A serious conflict of interest “missed” by the government.
The special survey by the former head of the “Belene” project, Eng. Ilcho Kostov, with categorical conclusions that the reactor unit is unfit, was not used.
The annulment of the decision in a Swiss court is not requested, no defense is taken against the recognition and admission to execution of an arbitration award in Bulgaria.
Borisov transfers all the blame to the previous governments, conveniently “forgetting” that Annex 12, and the society and the parliament are threatened with severe economic consequences and the amount is paid in the fastest way.
“Gerdzhikov” government appointed by Radev
Radev appointed Nikolay Pavlov, the long-time head of Bulgargaz during Borisov’s administration, as energy minister. There is still no sign of the president’s desire to wave his fist against the state mafia in the face of GERB.
This is the period in which the case of the European Commission against the monopoly of “Gazprom” is ongoing, and the opportunity to renegotiate prices and compensations for an old period has been won for a number of Eastern European countries.
At this very moment and under this minister, however, Bulgaria “misses” the deadline for making claims, this damages the country with billions – in the words of former energy minister Traicho Traikov.
Yanev 1 government appointed by Radev
In the summer of 2021, the same Nikolay Pavlov, once again the head of Bulgargaz, signed a scandalous annex to the contract with Azerbaijan for the supply of gas, thus reducing the declared quantities of cheaper Azeri gas.
The then Deputy Minister of Energy and later the regular Minister of Energy in the “Petkov” government, Alexander Nikolov, publicly told about the events.
On 12.08.2021, at a meeting in the Ministry of Finance, the managements of Bulgargaz and the Bulgarian Energy Holding refused to provide the signed annexes with the Azeris, and his attempts to oppose the damaging transactions, which are clearly in defense of foreign interests, are “rewarded” with his dismissal the very next day by acting Prime Minister Yanev.
Yanev 2 government appointed by Radev
During Yanev’s second official government, the head of “Bulgargaz” Nikolay Pavlov signed an even more damaging annex to the contract with Azerbaijan, according to Alexander Nikolov, the missed benefits for Bulgaria are huge on a daily basis, reaching losses of 1 million on some days. BGN daily.
Nikolay Pavlov and the entire management of Bulgargaz have been replaced by the new Prime Minister Petkov.
In the first days of February, after the announcement of the news, the president reacted sharply to the casting in “Bulgargaz”, as this was actually the first open conflict between Radev and Petkov and a clear sign of the emancipation of the prime minister.
Petkov filed a report with the National Security Agency for an investigation into possible abuse of official position by the management of “Bulgargaz”, but things are once again hiding somewhere in the prosecutor’s office.
The change in the leadership of Bulgargaz is key, timely and perhaps one of the best decisions of Petkov and the government, as it will prove weeks later after the start of Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine and the subsequent propaganda and energy blackmail in Bulgaria .
“Gazprom” unilaterally stops gas to Bulgaria.
“The Bulgarian side has fully fulfilled its obligations and made all the payments required under this contract… A new two-stage payment procedure has been proposed by Gazprom, which is not in accordance with the existing contract until the end of this year and poses significant risks for the Bulgarian side, including making payments without receiving any gas supplies from the Russian side,” the Ministry of Energy reported.
The government ensures the supply of the necessary gas until the end of the summer.
Something more. After a meeting of Prime Minister Petkov with the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, and with the assistance of the United States, the American company “Cheniere” made a binding offer to the Bulgarian government for the delivery of 7 tankers with liquefied gas to the terminal at Revitusa Island in Greece (3 for the fall and 4 in next year).
The quantities are also part of the general package of the European Commission to deal with Europe’s gas crisis. They are sufficient for Bulgaria’s needs, without the need for supplies from Gazprom, and at far lower prices according to the levels of the American Henry Hub exchange.
Energy expert Vasko Nachev, adviser on oil and gas extraction in the Middle East, Egypt, Kazakhstan, etc. and one of the most famous Bulgarian oil market analysts, told “Bloomberg TV Bulgaria”: “We must say that the American stock exchange “Henry Hub” is the most liquid stock exchange in the world and to be able to conclude such a contract is a privilege.” (According to the expert’s accounts, published on his profile on a social network as of 24/08/2022, “the price of American gas including premium, liquefaction, transport and unloading is 175MWh, and according to the prices of the TTF exchange, gas from Gazprom as of the same date would cost us 201MWh.”)
A binding offer means that the customer can confirm or refuse the request, in this case – with a deadline of August 19, but the supplier has no right to refuse unilaterally.
ITN withdraws its ministers from the government, thereby “exploding” the quadruple coalition from within. The chairman of the National Assembly Nikola Minchev (PP) was removed with the votes of the opposition and ITN.
A vote of no confidence in the “Petkov” government was submitted and voted.
On the political stage, a new unspoken coalition – “Gazprom” – has been formed.
The public is sufficiently familiar with the participation of Dogan and DPS in Bulgaria’s energy sector and the direct protection of Russian interests in the sector.
No one is moved by Borisov’s empty declarations about his “Euro-Atlanticism” considering the gift to the Kremlin for the “Belene” NPP, the delay of more than 10 years in the construction of the interconnector with Greece and Putin’s unprofitable “Turkish Stream” pipe built with public Bulgarian funds. . Open lobbying for “Gazprom” by former minister Delyan Dobrev is not too late either.
Yanev and Kostadin Kostadinov directly and straightforwardly defend their Russian interests.
As expected, Cornelia Ninova lobbied for the normalization of relations with Russia and negotiations with Gazprom, and behind her shadow appear the eternally engaged on the subject, Rumen Ovcharov, Rumen Petkov, etc. BSP debris.
“Donev” government appointed by Radev
On August 2, President Radev dissolves the parliament and announces early parliamentary elections in October.
Radev’s first words after the appointment of the new caretaker government were about “a heavy legacy in the energy sector” and “chaos and ruin.” A direct, unfounded instillation of fear in the public about a bitter and terrible winter without the supplies of “Gazprom” begins.
A completely meaningless interdepartmental body was created, frighteningly named “Crisis Headquarters”.
The goal is to fail the alternatives for gas supply and leave the only option – “Gazprom”.
Radan Kanev, MEP from EPP, summarizes the situation like this:
“Five blatant lies that dominate public debate and become ‘truths’ according to Goebbels:
– Bulgaria has terminated the contract with “Gazprom”
– Russian gas is cheap
– Europe pays for gas in rubles
– Bulgaria is highly dependent on gas supplies…
– There is no other gas except Russian (this one started to wither)”
Azerk gas has already been reduced by Radev’s former minister and head of Bulgargaz Nikolay Pavlov.
Next comes sabotage of the interconnector with Greece. With a hidden order from the Ministry of Energy, the registration of changes in the management of the Bulgarian-Greek company in the Commercial Register is blocked.
Manipulations about the lack of slots for the unloading of American liquefied gas have to be broken by the statements of the Prime Minister of Greece Mitsotakis himself.
It does not take into account the fact that “Gazprom” has already stopped supplies to 12 European countries, despite their good behavior, and has been declared an unreliable supplier by the EC.
The date 19.08.2022 has been missed and the offer for all 7 Cheniere tankers has not been confirmed.
In addition to losing safe and cheap quantities of gas, we are sending an extremely negative message to our EU and NATO partners in their fight against the Russian aggressor and once again demonstrating that we are the weakest link in the Euro-Atlantic pact.
The goal has been achieved and the Minister of Energy states:
“It is now inevitable – we will negotiate with Gazprom
Blackmail with arbitration
Moscow does not want to sell gas. It doesn’t look for markets – it doesn’t look for profits. They have been burning huge amounts of gas for weeks, but they are not delivering it. Nord Stream 1 has been shut down.
The aim is to destabilize Western economies, to increase public tension, and through pressure on the rulers, aided by paid pro-Russian lobbies, politicians and journalists throughout the EU, to gain positions useful for the Kremlin in negotiations with Ukraine.
To put it more simply – through the energy weapon “Gazprom” to win a victory over Ukraine, which is not given to the Russian army on the battlefield.
Against this background, the efforts of the president and the caretaker government to implement the Kremlin’s plan continue, and the stake is no longer simply greater profits for the Russian regime, but political dominance and complete dependence of Bulgaria.
The thesis injected in the simultaneous speeches of the Minister of Defense Dimitar Stoyanov and the Minister of Energy Rosen Hristov about the danger of losing a possible arbitration initiated by “Gazprom” is extremely irresponsible from a legal, energy and political point of view. We are neither in default of the contract, nor have there been any such indications from the Russian side, nor are there any legal grounds for this. And it is a clear sign of desperate actions in favor of Moscow.
The game is tied
During a conversation with the European Commission, the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Hristo Alexiev, was forced to assure the representatives of the Commission that the government would not sign a new contract with Gazprom, but would only seek to fulfill the current one, which expires at the end of the year. This differs from the cabinet’s initial signals.
The deal with the Americans failed, there is not enough Azeri gas, “Gazprom” does not react and Russian may not flow, and then it is possible that Radev’s prediction of a severe winter will come true, but with the difference that he and his caretaker government caused it .
This forces the president to make desperate PR moves.
He is meeting with the companies that are building the liquefied gas terminal in Alexandroupolis, which, however, is scheduled to be operational in 2024 at the earliest.
He is having a pointless conversation with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, as the new annexes are in effect.
It announced the launch of some kind of transparent procedures for gas supplies, but they would be implemented by the next government, rendering the whole exercise meaningless.
The key question asked by the energy expert and former ambassador of Bulgaria to Russia, Iliyan Vassilev, in his article in “The Alternative”: “Will the Kremlin invest in its government in the elections – by resuming supplies?”
But the following question also arises: Should we watch the events indifferently and let the Kremlin continue to decide our fate through its proxies and its fifth column in our country?