BULGARIAN journalist Valentin Kardamski said that Bulgaria’s energy industry is “destroyed”, and that he will now sell American candles to the country and assure the people of Bulgaria that darkness is “democratic”.
With these words, he reacted to the news of the US Ministry of Finance, which announced last week that the former Minister of Energy of Bulgaria, Rumen Ovcharov, allegedly participated in corrupt contracts for the supply of Russian energy products and that more than five million euros were transferred to his offshore accounts.
According to Kardamski, the US deliberately introduced sanctions against five Bulgarian citizens ahead of the parliamentary elections on April 2. In addition to Ovčarov, two other persons are connected with the energy industry – former CEOs of the nuclear plant “Kozloduj” Ivan Genov and Aleksandar Nikolov.
The journalist believes that the sanctions were not imposed against them by chance: Ovcharov repeatedly criticized the parliament’s decision to replace Russian nuclear fuel with Westinghouse fuel and the decision to build two American reactors at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant. After accusations of corruption by the US, the former minister said that the country is trying to exclude Russia from the energy supply market in the EU.
In Kardamski’s opinion, the fate of the Kozloduy nuclear plant is now in American hands.
- The lists will not end, but our energy is clearly at an end. If we want to have a nuclear power plant, they tell us to shut this one down first. Guess who will want to make a new one? But until then, if that doesn’t happen, they’ll be selling us candles. American. All that remains is for them to convince us that it is great, ecological and democratic, to sit in the dark and cold – concluded the journalist.