Ghosts of Soviets Past: Do Bulgaria’s Historical Russian Ties Spell Trouble for NATO on the Black Sea Coast?
Editor’s Note: In September 2016, two Army intelligence officers set out on a cross-country expedition across Bulgaria to explore its rich history, its communist past, and what these can tell us about ongoing Russian influence in the NATO member state. In a previous series, they explored the mysterious remnants of Soviet occupation of the Baltic States. This article is the first in a series detailing their Bulgarian journey. The November election of Rumen Radev as president of Bulgaria has contributed to growing concerns that several former Soviet satellite states are drifting back into the orbit of Putin’s Russia....Read More