Dear Mr. Van Der Linden,
The condemnation of communism is first and foremost
a moral act, which Europe is obliged to perform in defence of its
own value system and its own identity. Europe is betraying its own
self if it keeps on pretending not to know anything about the appalling
crimes of communism from the near past as if they had never existed.
The European peoples are uniting themselves on the basis of a common
value system, which has always been rejected by communism, both
theoretically and practically. The free and responsible individual
personality, which constitutes the essence of the European character,
has not only been theoretically repudiated, but has been physically
destroyed by communism. Passing over a crime in silence is a complicity
in a crime. The illusion of a great many Western intellectuals who
continue to hold the opinion that communism in itself is good but
its implementation has allegedly been wrong, should be overcome.
Half a century prior to Reagan’s uttering the “Empire of evil”,
the Russian philosopher N. Berdyaev described Bolshevik power as
By condemning communism, Western Europe is also
fulfilling a moral duty it owes the Eastern European peoples, whose
sufferings under communism have been part of the price paid for
the prosperity of Western Europe.
The condemnation of communism is needed not only
in order to restore the truth about the past, it is even more needed
today especially by the peoples who are presently liberating themselves
of it. The Bulgarian people as a whole has not yet recognized the
fact that the reason for all our present difficulties has been communism.
The simple truth that we have been driven to poverty because we
have lived under communism , has not been realized by the majority
of people. In addition to the murders, the death camps, the terror
and the devaluation of human life, a multitude of facts continuing
to be at work and hampering our progress even nowadays, should be
taken into consideration. First and foremost is the annihilation
of the moral principles of the Bulgarian community and the destruction
of the Bulgarian state craftsmanship. which should now have to be
rebuilt- the legislation, the institutions, the civil associations,
the rules of social behaviour. Communism has deeply affected the
customs of life and the mentality of the Bulgarian people. It is
communism which has caused us to lag behind by a whole epoch as
far as modern technologies are concerned. Socialist industrialization,
which has demanded so many sacrifices and efforts on the part of
several generations of Bulgarians, has turned out to be a stone,
tied to the neck of the Bulgarian economy and bearing it down. The
people, who believed in communism and have devoted their lives to
the unwanted socialist construction, have been pained by the acknowledgement
that all their labour and endeavors have been in vain. The condemnation
of communism has also been necessary in order to be able to detect
its mimicries under various forms and names and so that we could
reconvalesence from the grave post-communist illness of which we
On behalf of all the members of the National Club
for Democracy , we would like to present to you our support and
gratitude for all your efforts for the international condemnation
Professor Christo Balarew
President of the National Club For Democracy
26 July, 2003
Sofia, 15th July 2003
Dear Mr. van der Linden,
It was with great satisfaction that we received the
proposal for an international discussion of totalitarian Communism
by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which you
and a group of representatives of the European People's Party made,
together with the European Democrats.
Bulgaria was one of the countries which suffered immensely
under Communism and we still feel the consequences of the regime
to this day. Hence our particular understanding of the importance
of this act. Without this condemnation democracy in Europe would
not be true democracy. Now we not only feel ourselves part of a
democratic Europe, but also appreciate the compassion for what the
Bulgarian people have lived through for decades.
Thanking you for your initiave,
Binka Vazova, Prof. Boryana Piriova, Prof. Dimitar Nenow, Ivailo
Petrov, Prof. Ivan Kirkov, Iliana Battembergska, Prof. Lazar Nikolov,
Prof. Michail Ognyanov, Prof. Nashan Ahababyan, Prof. Christo Anastassov
Binka Vazova is a famous graphic artist from
the family of people's poet Ivan Vazov (she is now 94 years old),
Prof. Boryana Piriova is a physiology doctor and lecturer
at the Medical University in Sofia for many years,
Prof. Dimitar Nenow is a physicochemist belonging to the
famous Bulgarian school of physical chemistry (founded by Prof.
Ivan Stranski ), associate member of the Institute of Physical Chemistry
to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,
Prof. Ivan Kirov is an artist, a famous Bulgarian painter
and lecturer at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia,
Iliana Batembergska is a famous piano player and an associate
professor at the State Academy of Music in Sofia,
Prof. Lazar Nikolov is a composer, Chair of the Bulgarian
Composers Union for many years and a lecturer at the State Academy
of Music in Sofia,
Prof. Mihail Ognianov is a physician, immunologist and a
publicist, lecturer at the Medical University in Sofia for many
Prof. Nushan Ahababian is a nuclear physicist at the Institute
of Nuclear Physics to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,
Prof. Hristo Anastasov is an architect, Assistant at the
Institute of Architecture to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,
for many years teaching architecture at the Institute of Architecture,
Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia (now he is 92 years old and
is a doyen of the Bulgarian architects)
Sofia, 16th August 2003
To Mr. Rene van der Linden
Sponsor of the draft resolution on the necessity of internationally
condemning totalitarian communism
To Members, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council
We the undersigned are a group of Bulgarian citizens
that got together through communicating on the Internet and we share
the belief that communism must be condemned officially and with
all due legal effect.
We therefore support the draft resolution on the necessity
of internationally condemning communism introduced by Mr. Rene van
Communism, as an inalienable part of its essence,
requires a centralized government leadership in all activities and
nationalization of all means of production, including all services.
This can’t be accomplished except by violence, and that’s how it
has always been done. A communist regime annihilates everything
that supports and enables the human personality to develop freely:
property, economic and intellectual initiative, freedom of travel,
access to information, freedom of religion and conscience. All countries
where a communist regime was imposed were brought to an economic
collapse. Yet even more fearsome was the spiritual harm inflicted
on society. Generations have lost the memory of a normal life.
Passing a resolution internationally condemning communism
is a necessary and exceptionally important breakthrough in the development
of European nations. Such a resolution would, by its legal effect,
become a turning point in restoring the adequate rule of law. Currently,
the consequences of the malignant practices of communism still exist
and influence the societies of Eastern Europe. Until they are not
condemned, the very notion of the rule of law will be deprived of
its immanent and natural meaning. It will take a revolution to bring
up to speed the process of normalization of the societies, victimized
by the practices of “scientific communism”. It will be a warning
for the other nations of the dangers hidden in aggressive social
We lived through the times of communism, experiencing
its inhumanity on our backs, and we have a clear idea as to what
extent the lack of an explicit condemnation of this criminal theory
and practice by the authoritative international bodies is hindering
today the overcoming of its consequences.
Therefore, on the grounds of our life experiences
and the near history of our nation, we call upon the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe to adopt the proposed draft resolution
E. Aleksandrov, Borislav Scotchev, Daniela Gorcheva,
Ivan Ivanov, Uppsala, Sweden, dr Sdrafko Tzankoff, prof. Venko Beschkov,
Todor Velchev, Mihail Pramatarov, Ivo Lalov, Zhana Petkova, Yuri
Hristov, Vasko Vasilev, Radomir Grigorov, Aleksander Ukov, Kalin
Manolov, Ivanka Markovska, dr Boyanka Karabasheva, Roumen Karabashev,
Vassilka Tzvetanova, Valentin Haralmpiev, Milen Radev, Diana Hristova,
Victor Borisov, Vessela Ilieva, Tzonko Tzonev, Plamen Simeonov,
Alex Hadjidiev, Vitka Zaharieva, Petya Stefanova, Elena Sluiter,
Nikolaj Hristov, Dobri Genev, Assen Kanev, Borislav Bonev, Ilka
Yazova, Nikolai Kulev, Vanja Ilieva, Vassil Mangalov, Mariana Popova,
Simeon Simeonov, Maria Ilieva, Dimiter Iliev, Georgi Vulchev, Nadezhda
Gocheva, Antoaneta Lubomirova, Vera Atanasova, Mariana Ilieva, Tanya
Dragolova, Vassil Antonov, Dr. Neli Hadjiyska, Dr. Valentin Hadjiyski,
Antonia Ivanova, Georgitca Georgieva, Kristina Andreeva, Chavdar
Todorov, Petya Vladimirova, Reni Neschkova, Lubomir Danchev, Nayden
Mechkarov, Polya Mechkarova, dr Margarita Gotzeva, Daniel Kamburov,
Jovka Stojnova, Maria Bozoukova, Hristo Karaivanov, Boyan Damyanov,
Roman Dimitrov, Kalin Michailov, Ognian Lubomirov, Borislav Viktorov,
Adriana Georgieva, Vanya Pencheva, V. Konstantinov, Rumen Nikolov,
Spas Mladenov, Viktor Zlatkov, Elena Radicheva, Rositza Manolova,
Atanas Atanasov, Dr. Christo Dimov, Katia Stoimenova, Vlado Lubenov,
Maria Arsenieva, Edvin Sugarev, Veronika Bikova, Radan Kaneff, Plamen
Alexandrov, George Donchev, Jordan Popov, Olga Mihailova Dancheva,
Nikolai Mihailov Danchev, prof. Plamen S. Tzvetkov, Polya Tzanova,
Anetka Tzanova, Hristo Daskalov, Stanislav Nikolaev, Ekaterina Stratieva,
Irma Dimitrova , Maya Yordanova, Georgi M. Daskalov, Elena G. Balabanova-Daskalova,
Maria-Nona F. Tchipeva, Mihail G. Daskalov, Dr. Bojidar Kojuharov,
Dr. Sevdalin Ogoiski, Ivan Yakimov, Dr. Yordan Mutsev, Lilia Mutseva,
Christo Dragnev, Neli Mehocheva, Christo Mehochev, Miryana Poneva,
Antonela Poneva, Violetka Yosifova Kaneva, Boyan Milenov Kaneff,
Milen Boyanov Kaneff, Dr. Christo Bankov, Varna (Bulgaria), Dr.
Kristian Bankov, Bologna (Italy), Eng. Krastan Bankov, Sofia, Salvatore
Bankov, Sofia, Asparuh Bankov, Sofia, Plamena Vladimirova, Elena
Mineva, Ivan Minev, Neycho Todorov, Liliana Dicova, Dr Maria Hristova,
Georgi Gekov, Meri Gekova, Raina Iotsova, Anastassia Lessova, Demetra
Lessova, Maria Peicheva, Liubomir Peichev, Peicho Peichev, Tsvetanka
Razsukanova, Liubomir Razsukanov, Bistra Petkova, Vaska Dermendjieva,
Hristo Dermendjiev, Maria Dermendjieva, Stefana Georgieva, Stoitse
Andreev, Radka Andreeva, Antonia Sofokina, Liubka Mincheva, Atanas
Atanasov, Stefanka Yordanova, Nikolina Duneva, Dunio Dunev, Lilia
Jeleva, Metodi Stanev, Katerina Staneva, Margarita Staneva, Aglika
Ikonomova, prof. Peshka Stoeva, Zachari Zachariev, Ivan Simeonov,
Irina Uzunova, Prof. Dr. Sofia Shishmanova, Boriana Glavleshka,
Dr. Nikola Tuleshkov, Magdalena Vringova, Aphrodita Vringova, Ilia
Todorov, Veliana Naidenova, arch. Veselin Petkanchin, Dr. Ivana
Petkanchin, Ana-Maria Ivanova, Eng. Kiril Ivanov, Nikolai Rupov,
Evgenia Rupova, Tsvetana Velcheva, Dimitar Venev, Kiril Dechev,
Maria Velcheva, Evgeni Alexandrov, Christina Vringova, Constantin
Vringov, Angel Petrov, Petar Petrov, Boyan Nikolov, Asenka Nikolova,
Georgi Kabaivanov, Todorka Kabaivanova, Mariyka Tepavicharova, Prof.
Ilko Karagiozov, Stefka Karagiozova, Dr. Paskal Konstantinov, Sofka
Tumbeva, Elena Tumbeva, Dora Ignatova, Neviana Nedyalkova, Evgenia
Kojuharova, Angel Yordanov, Greti Stefanova, Dimitar Yanchev, Ivan
Yanchev, Dr. Georgi Manev, Milanka Bicheva, Vessela Bogdanova, Yoshka
Lakovska, Boris Angelov, Elena Angelov, Philip Angelov, Simeon Angelov,
Slavka Daskalova, Yordan Daskalov, Nikolay Daskalov, Valentina Dragomirova,
Iskra Mihaylova Racheva, Valeri Penchev Dimitrov, Tenko Cholakov,
Eleonora Petrovska, Pavel Petrovski, Eng. Venceslava-Nadya Stanoeva,
Prof. Dimitrina Milanova Mitova-Djonova, Vesselina Boyanova Dimitrova-Spasova,
Janet Yakimova, Vera Maznikova, Ekaterina Alexandrova Aleksieva,
Dr. Tomichka Mladenova Aleksieva-Alexandrova, Paraskeva Evstatieva,
Fidanka Iv. Beneva, Radka Slavcheva, Slavcho Slavchev, Slav Emilov
Todorov, Dr. Stephan Slavchev, Hristina Ilieva, Magda Mihailova,
Lyubomir Mihailov, Janina Kostadinova, Ivan Mladenov
Dear Mr. Rene van der LINDEN,
I am Bulgarian citizen and emigrant who is living now in Los Angeles
USA. My mother country was ruined in economic, moral and physical
condition for last almost 60 years! One of the reason for that is
the unblame of the communism (like sistem of terror and like way
All my life was broken as so many other people. When I was 15 years
old I had a wish to kill the communist dictator Todor Zivkov.
I have three attempts to leave my country - all of them unsuccessful.
I waited six years to win in Green Card Lottery and to depart for
Here is why:
My country is still living with the economic and media power of
the previous and current communist people and businessmans. That
is why every step in right direction is so difficult and slow.
I am fifty years old and I, my wife and my daughter can not wait!
We started our life here in USA from the zero level. But...the all
of the world must to know why too many people are forced to make
Thank You for your draft resolution! It is my only requittal and
The world must to know.
The people must to know.
With my gratitude,
I from all my heart CONDEMN Communism.
Today with happiness and with relief I add my signature, and HOPE
with all my heart of the just condemnation of a regime that killed,
tortured and destroyed millions.
From one who lost everybody and everything and does
not want to see it happen again
maybe to YOU or your children.
Sehr geehrter Herr van den Linden,
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
Ich möchte mich ihrer Initiative zur Verurteilung des Kommunismus
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
We write to you to express our complete support of the project
for resolution wich aim is the condemnation of communism. We are
born in Bulgaria and more then 40 years of our lives passed under
the severe communist regime. That's why we completely agree with
contents of your project.
We see in this project a step to elimination of one striking injustice
- the silence of the world community about the bigest crime of XX
century - the communist regime.
With best wishes:
Maria Veleva and Stephan Velev, Sofia, Bulgaria
I would be grateful if you add my name to the list of those who
have signed the letter supporting the initiative of Mr. Van der
Linden. I avail myself of the opportunity to make a short comment.
In the Central and Eastern European countries communism cannot be
divided from the Russian and Soviet imperialism. Due to everlasting
Russian pretences towards our territory and history, in Bulgaria
the communist practices were the most vicious of all Eastern Block
countries. This truth reveals another dimension of the communists'
crime - namely the national betrayal, and gives further explanation
to the fact that unlike Spain or Greece in Central and Eastern European
countries reconciliation with the past is impossible.
Dear Mr Rene van der LINDEN,
Please accept our support for a resolution against the worldwide
spreaded comunist virus.
Let the people all around the world remember and tell their children
about this evil called comunizm.
We lived most of our lives in comunist country and we know, but
the people from the west hemisphere are not aware of the danger..
There are still counties around the world, where comunist regeems
are still strong, supported by dirty money (weapons, drugs, prostitution....).
That's why we need this resolution and we support it with all our
To:Mr. Rene van der Linden
Dear Mr. Linden
I am Bulgarian, 41 years old. My name is Kalin Manolov and for
13 years now I have been working sa a freelance journalist at the
Bulgarian section of Radio Free Europe, Sofia. I am the moderator
of a daily morning broadcast, two weekly talk-shows and a weekly
wrap-up political program, all of them discussing topical political
I firmly support the forthcoming adoption of the PACE resolution
on the international condemnation of communism. I signed a leeter
to this effect, sent to you by a group of Bulgarian citizens, communicating
via the Internet.
Still I find the symbolic act of adopting a resolution insufficient
to get rid of the consequenses of communism in Bulgaria which for
over half a century was Soviet Union's closest satelite.This is
why, in July this year, on my own initiative and rasing my own funds,
I published a booklet called Communism. This booklet contains excerpts
from Stephan Courtois' Black book of communism, CE's Resolution
1096 (of 27 June 1996), Bulgarian Law Declaring Communism as a Crime
(of 5 May 2000) and a Program
for Decommunization and Democratization of Bulgaria, created
by myself, whose English translation I am enclosing to you.
I'd appreciate it if during deliberations of the Draft Resolution
on 8 September 2003 and over talks and discussions with Bulgarian
politicians and political organizations you take into consideration
the actual need of decommunization in Bulgaria, a tentative model
of which I take the liberty to offer to your attention.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Kalin Tzvetanov Manolov, Journalist
People from East Europe who highly appreciate democracy are very
concerned about this amoral decease, which could affect the West
and the whole process of democratization in Europe. A fear still
exists in the countryside and people living there need the moral
support of the civilized world.
Dear Mr. Van der Linden,
I am writing this letter to express my support for your motion
for a resolution for the international condemnation of communism.
As a native of Bulgaria, I understand the enormous damage done by
the totalitarian communist regimes, and I believe people around
the world should be made aware of the violations of human rights
and the mass crimes committed under those regimes. Passing this
resolution would help prevent repeating this horrible history.
Nadezhda Veleva, U.S.A
Wholeharted support for PACE's anticommunist resolution.
Milcho Spasov, freelance journalist
I would like to express my full support of the draft resolution
proposed to PACE for international condemnation of the totalitarian
I consider the exclusion of the communism and bolshevism from the
international condemnation and trials as it was done to the national
socialism in Germany, fascism in Italy and prewar imperialism of
Japan as highly unfair to the millions victims of the communist
I hope you will not diminish your efforts to pas as an official
document of PACE the proposed resolution.
I strongly support the initiative to condemn communism! Let the
future resolution against communism be in memoriam of the millions
of victims! I really hope that the world will pay due attention
to the present communist regimes' atrocities.
Mr. Rene van der Linden
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Dear Mr. Rene van der Linden,
Please, add our names to the list of the Bulgarian citizens expressing
their support to the proposal for the need of international sentence
of the totalitarian communism (Doc. No 9875 / 10th July, 2003 of
PACE) with an Open letter dated 15th July and a letter dated 25th
The assessment of communism is a duty of our generation – all the
people contemporaries of the communist regimes. The morality and
the historical honesty demand it. The lack of a substantial act
of a generally recognized international organization already gives
– and will continue to generate – inadequacies and vicious deficits
with unpredictable depth and consequences in the value system of
generations ahead – East and West.
2nd September 2003
Dr. Boris Boyadjiev, Dr.Vesselka Christova, Dr.Hristo Hinkov,
Dr.Michail Okoliyski, Valentina Boyadjieva, Jordan Boyadjiev, Raina
September 2, 2003
Central Management Memo Number #31
“Evlogi Georgiev” Blvd, #9
Phone: ++359 963 46 09
Members of the Bulgarian Union “TRUTH” and their
families, bound by the bylaws and the program of the union, stand
the position of legal conviction of the Communism regime as a world
wide system, based on terror and repression of human rights.
In connection to the proposed resolution of PASE/, dated June 19,
2003 regarding the conviction of the Totalitarian Communist regime,
we express our complete support even when acknowledging that worldwide
this document and the follow up actions are late.
In the name of 1486 members of the Union and their families-
Professor Georgi Markov, Ph. D
Secretary: (signature) Dianko Georgiev
Joining to the list of the members, signed the memo from the Bulgarian
Union “TRUTH” –
Dimitar Penev Dimitrov
Vera Tzvetanova Mihailova, Ph. D
I support the international sentence of communism as a criminal
doctrine and the most inhuman social practice!
Angel Iv. Grancharov, philosopher
I willingly support the condemnation of the most inhuman political
and economic regime in the history of mankind, called communism.
Maybe it's too late, but in order to protect people in the free
world from the tempting thought of equality, we must tell them about
the price - thousands of people killed, deprived of their rights
of property, vote, expression, religious rights and ambitions. I
hope we well never witness the horror of communism again.
I am full with your resolution proposed to the PACE for international
condemnation of communism agree, but I send 3 letters to PACE-Strasbourg
to Mr Atkinson and Mr Gelerod. I wish juristical punishment of communistical
crimes, but I have not became any answer from PACE!! Why?
Dear Mr. van der Linden,
My name is Stoyan Kadiev. I am 56 years old, a civil engineer and
I strongly desire the adoption of the CEPA Resolution condemning
totalitarian and post totalitarian communism as well as the adoption
of another Resolution especially for Bulgaria and a Program for
decommunization of Bulgaria. That is because my family suffered
from communism. My sister was ruined in a hospital for mental diceases
in the mid-70s and has been on disability pension since then. None
of the members of my family had normal professional careers during
or after communist times. And the reason for all that is my father
building a school in 1937 and a church in our hometown Karjali and
him being awarded a medal for merits by King Boris the Third. Communism
is still ruling Bulgaria through the mafia structures.
With deep respect
Dear Mr. van der Linden:
I would like to express my full support for the draft resolution
for international condemnation of totalitarian communism, proposed
to the PACE. It is an irony of fate, that surviving the Cold War,
the western societies are largely ignorant about the crimes of communism.
I have lived for several years in the United States and have witnessed
a powerful stream of information, including movies, books, TV programs
and school lessons condemning the crimes of Nazism. In the same
time, there was very little discussion about the evils of the communist
regimes, which have affected many more people for much longer time
Yesterday my 13-year-old son told me that a friend of his thought
about communism as a good idea, that was corrupted by the cruel
dictator Stalin! Could you imagine a similar statement about the
Nazism and Hitler? How many people know that communism was a social
experiment performed dozens of times and invariably led to disastrous
results! The evidence is so overwhelming, that the inevitability
of large-scale human suffering in a communist society seems almost
like a law of Nature. The free people can remain free only if they
never forget the suffering of millions of victims in communist and
other totalitarian societies.
With best regards,
Momchil Velkovsky, Nashville, USA
Dear Mr. Van der Linden,
My name is Krasimir Kosturkov from Sofia, Bulgaria. I'm glad to
express my position that for me communism is a terrible theory and
Dear Mr. van der Linden,
The communist practice and ideology should have been long ago condemned
in a resolute and clear-cut manner by the official institutions
of democratic and united Europe. This process has been delayed rather
long, in my opinion, and this has its high price. However, as it
is said, better late than never. This is the reason why I ardently
support your and of your colleagues from the Parliamentary Assembly
of the Council of Europe initiative for international condemnation
of communism. This is a worthy act of moral retribution and deference
towards millions of people who had been deprived from their lives,
and to those who had been caused a great deal of suffering and humiliation.
I am convinced that this act will have its substantial projection
both in the day of tomorrow and in the farther future days. Communism
was a dreadful phenomenon, and this is a truth learnt by painful
experience that should be remembered and known; and we must not
allow under one form or another the emergence of communism's or
similar recurrences. What is more, the still alive remains and mutations
of communism should be discerned, unmasked and to be confronted
by our moral intolerance and irreconcilability.
And having in mind that truth is the strongest means and cures against
violence and tyranny, I propose the following text to be included:
"The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
INSIST that within a year from the passing of this resolution the
archives from the period of communist rule in the countries of the
former Eastern Block to be made publicly accessible to the maximum
extent and in the frame of maximum simplified procedures.
This should be done in strict observance of human
Meanwhile it is absolutely necessary that accessibility
procedures to these documents for independent researchers, journalists,
historians and analysts be different, as follows: free to the highest
degree, while at the same time these groups of people, after being
preliminary and expressly informed, will shoulder responsibility
for any eventual breach of other people's rights. Not any institution
under any pretext of prevention should have the right to refuse
access, such that will limit their opportunity to form complete
and objective opinion, as well as will impede them in researching
in depth the problems they are working on.
Likewise, names of people, who have worked for
the former secret services and at other key institutions, responsible
for the position strengthening, functioning and preservation of
the communist regime and state, must not be concealed under any
form from interested persons who would want to know about them.
The same also refers to the facts and circumstances concerning the
specific activities of the persons at service at these institutions.
A core issue in the process of motion towards utmost
accessibility of the archives of the former communist countries
should be the problem with the access to the archives of the former
secret services and repression bodies."
Journalist, researcher, analyst and publicist
I support the draft resolution.
Dr. Ivan Bonev
Dear Mr. Van der Linden,
I support unconditionally your move to propose a draft resolution
for international condemnation of totalitarian communism to PACE.
Communist ideology is unsurpassed in its cruelty and retrograde
nature. All who had the misfortune to be born and live under Communism
know that only very well. Under Communism, thousands of Bulgarians
were illegally tortured and destroyed in camps and in prisons; scores
were displaced and sent into exile, lost their jobs and their homes
and property, were expelled from universities and high schools.
Their families and children were considered “enemies of the people”
and deprived of all rights to study or work. The economics was destroyed,
agriculture neglected and private initiative suppressed. For illustration,
you can simply read the precise descriptions of Orwell’s “Animal
Humanity has already rightly condemned the Holocaust and Hitler’s
regime. It is high time to condemn Communism, the worst crime against
Dear Mr. Van der Linden,
I SUPPORT wholeheartedly the draft resolution for international
condemnation of totalitarian communism proposed by you to the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe. The motion could not have been
more timely. While the world is rightly condemning the crimes committed
by Nazi Germany in the Holocaust, little or next to nothing is known
of the true nature of Communism and its far-reaching genocidal policy.
In addition, while the Sovietologists in and outside Russia are
doing their best to reveal the truth of Communist-inspired extermination
of large masses of the population in the former Soviet Union, there
is no insight into the nature of Communist crimes in smaller members
of the former Soviet block.
In Bulgaria, which was forcefully occupied by the Red Army in 1944,
thousands upon thousands of completely innocent and politically
non-committed people were murdered or illegally sent to labour camps.
The political elite and opposition were physically exterminated
in 1948. The population of villages and smaller towns was sometimes
decimated. The intelligentsia in particular was subject to imprisonment,
torture, humiliation and murder en mass.
I feel particularly strongly about Communism since four members
of my family disappeared without trace on 7 June 1946 from home:
my father, my brother in law, my uncle and a cousin. Their guilt?
They did not support the Communist take-over. Their fate? No record
of what has been done to them, no trace of any document.
Even worse was what was done to my country. In the 40+ years of
Communist rule, the economics of the country was ruined and the
national morale destroyed. Generations were taught that their loyalty
was not to Bulgaria but to the Soviet big brother; to the point
that medical students did not take the Hippocrat oath but an oath
to be loyal “to the socialist code of behaviour” and if fire broke
in any of the major state establishments, the instruction read to
call the Soviet Embassy first, and then the fire-brigade.
In memory of all those who perished under Communism in my country,
I firmly support the anticommunist resolution.
I fully support Mr. van der Linden's proposal and I thing it's high
time to take these measures thus achieving the following two goals:
1. to condemn the methods of ruling (dictatorship) through which
the lives of four generations have been destroyed for the benefit
of a small group of criminals; 2. to send the message to my generation
and to the next generations, because due to the post communist former
functionaries' manipulations the idea of democracy and the atrocities
of the communist regime were diffused and people cannot have a clear
idea of the events that let to the economic collapse of the state
and to the moral degradation of its population.
Nicola Rogachev (24 years old)
I support the draft resolution!
Maria Stoyanova, Sofia
I support unconditionally the draft resolution!
There is no crime in the history of mankind bigger than communism.
Bulgaria will be doomed if we do not manage to break away from it.
Exposing communist crimes is a topic of utmost importance and that's
why the European condemnation of communism is more important to
us than the accession to NATO and to the EU. I support it beyond
dispute and with great hope.
Mr. Rene Van Der Linden
of the Council of Europe
Dear Mr. Van Der Linden,
I truly admire and support your initiative to pass a resolution
in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, condemning
The lack of strong and unequivocal moral verdict over the communist
regimes still poisons the societies in the former Eastern-block
countries and is a major obstacle on their road to real freedom,
democracy and the adoption of western values. This is particularly
true in a country like Bulgaria, where communism was imposed with
great repression and where the control of the totalitarian state
was complete in all aspects of life. Many people from my generation,
born after the full establishment of the communist regime, were
brought up to believe that we were living in a better and more just
society. (The evident discrepancies between propaganda and reality
one would attribute to imperfections of the implementation, not
of the doctrine itself.) Behind the "iron curtain" this was made
possible by the total distortion of the historical truth and the
political picture of the world in the schools, the media and all
accessible written documents. Fear often kept the information about
the communist repressions, the cooked-up political trials, the murders
without trial and the atrocities in the concentration camps, inside
the closest family, hidden from large portions of society.
Sadly, 14 years after the fall of the communist regime, the truth
about the real nature of communism in my country is having hard
time coming to light. The files of the communist secret police are
closed. The majority of the influential media are controlled by
people, associated with that same secret police. Historical texts
avoid "controversial" judgments of the communist past and communism
is far from being treated as an evil, equal to that of nazism. The
country is still covered by communist monuments and new ones are
springing up. Large groups of society have sunk into apathy and
moral relativism, in which western democracy and Soviet communism
are considered symmetric. Such western values as personal freedom,
human dignity and respect for the rights and dignity of others are
of very low priority. The former communist leaders have skillfully
exploited the western democratic phraseology on political freedom
and human rights to avoid any substantive or moral sanctions against
I believe that our society needs help in ridding itself from the
communist doctrine, still poisoning its collective consciousness.
Your act, dear Mr. Van Der Linden, is a very important step in that
direction. Other possible actions by western politicians could include
refusing European recognition for the former communist parties unless
the latter break with their communist past, passing recommendations
to the member states for adoption of legislation against totalitarian
communist propaganda, passing recommendations for special legislation
concerning communist crimes against humanity.
Associate Professor of Physics,
American University in Bulgaria
I hereby express my thorough support for the draft CEPA Resolution
on international condemnation of communism.
I would like to express the support of the all members of my family
of this draft-resolution to convict of the crimes done by communism.
The idea to join to this subscription is of my mother - Maria
The others - we are: Elena Stefanova Tepsieva, Zlatin Stefanov
Tepsiev, Vania Enuva Tepsieva, Stefan Zlatinov Tepsiev. Thank
you for your efforts to do all necessary to obtain a justice for
all of us.
Dear Mr. van der Linden,
We wholeheartedly support and thank you for the initiative to submit
a draft resolution to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council
of Europe on condemnation of communism. When the communist dictatorship
was established in our country we were children so we have been
experiencing its anti-human nature for more than half a century
Democracy is a manifestation of spirit - contrary to the terrorist
ideology and organization of communism justifying and bringing into
action the destructive nature of the human character: violence,
hatred, lies and fear. The communist state and ideology have crashed
quickly and irretrievably but a mentality, deprived of human values,
is still alive. And the 14-year period of transition towards establishing
a state, governed by the rule of law, is a proof thereof. Lies,
murders, thefts, hypocrisy, manipulations, and corruption - an organised
chaos is spreading in all levels of society. We support every initiative
to condemn communism in order to break away from communism and its
recidivisms forever and to express our solidarity with all the people
of the world who believe in the values of Democracy - humane principles
guiding peoples' life and behaviour, freedom, tolerance, honesty,
truth; the young people must know that if they want to live in harmony
with themselves and their environment, they will have to resist
powers of evil such as totalitarianism and communism in full conscience.
Elka G. Baliucheva, Sofia
Dear Mr. Linden,
I support thoroughly the idea for international condemnation of
the totatlitarian communism. The measures to be followed after such
a resolution should also include actions towards decommunisation
of the former communist countries as well as towards destruction
of some long living in the society myths for the commusm in both
former socialiast camp and, also important, in Western Europe.
I fully support the draft resolution for condemnation of the communist
Sofia - Bulgaria
Dear Mr. Van Linden,
I would like to thank you and your group for the initiation of
a resolution condemning Communism and to express my full support
Freedom cannot thrive if the doctrines and practices of Communism
and Nazism are not exposed and condemned.
The attempt to minimize the criminal and antihuman character of
Communism as compared to Nacism has had damaging effect on the newly
It creates moral confusion and uncertainty and breeds cynicism and
scepticism towards justice and law.
It is important to prove that the values which the new democracies
want to share with the west are not false or volatile.
This is what makes your initiative so significant and deserving
full and unconditioned support.
Yours most sincerely:
Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1991-92)
Bulgaria's Ambassador to the UN and US (1997-2002)
Dear Mr. van der Linden,
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
I support Anticommunism van der Linden Resolution. I would like
to believe that in some time it will be a part World politics as
one of the necessary conditions for Sustainable development and
Harmonic existence of our Civilization.
With best wishes!
Strachimir Chterev Mavrodiev
October 16, 2003
I fully support the draft resolution.