The Man Who Didn’t Betray the Union: Who is the last Governor General of Eastern Rumelia?

The Man Who Didn’t Betray the Union: Who is the last Governor General of Eastern Rumelia?
The Man Who Didn’t Betray the Union: Who is the last Governor General of Eastern Rumelia?

“I am also Bulgarian, I cannot but feel a certain satisfaction at this moment” – the last Governor-General of Eastern Rumelia, Gavril Krastevich, uttered these words at the time of the Unification.

“Krastevich has a sense of where things are going, and it’s largely to his credit that he
does not betray the Union and does not write warning letters to the Turkish authorities that in fact a coup is brewing, so to speak,” says researcher Rosen Petkov.

Gavril Krastevich is one of the personalities who defend the national ideal without blood and weapons.

“He is the creator of the commercial law in the Ottoman Empire, it protects the right to own a commodity, to sell it, to exchange it, before that everything was based on the local feudal lords. In addition, he participated in the processes for the independence of the Bulgarian Church,” adds Petkov.

Krastevich is one of the revivalists with an enviable education. He was born in Kotel in 1817, but traveled a lot.

“In addition to receiving primary education under Raino Popovic, he studied many of our revivalists. He studied at the Greek school in Istanbul. After that, he graduated in law at the Sorbonne,” adds the researcher.

His thinking contrasts him with the rebellious Zahari Stoyanov.

“To a great extent, he describes in Chardaphon the Great how they arrest the governor, who offers no resistance. They treat Krastevich a little mockingly, putting him in a carriage together with Chardafon’s beloved and walking him among the people,” explains Petkov.

Krastevich believes that the national ideal is reached with wise moves, that evolution in thinking is equivalent to revolutionary actions.

“We can say that the last governor of East Rumelia did not get the recognition he deserved. Maybe because he was quieter, calmer, even when he was removed from the governorship, he resigned, he did not seek any revenge or posts. He was a humble person,” the researcher said.

However, his silence saves the Union. Although he knew what was being prepared, Krastevich did not betray his compatriots or the idea of ​​a united Bulgaria.

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