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Preserving Bulgarian National Identity - Armed Vigilantes Hunt Migrants on the Edge of Europe

Admirers of the God-Emperor Trump in Bulgaria.

“The 35 men and women are on the hunt in Strandzha Massif, a forested mountain range on Bulgaria's border with Turkey. Migrants trying to cross into Europe are their prey. Patches on their irregular uniforms — a coat of arms bearing a snarling wolf's head framed by Cyrillic text — proclaim them to be members of the Bulgarian National Movement Shipka, abbreviated in Bulgarian as "BNO Shipka."

“Members of the paramilitary organization form into ranks as their leader, Vladimir Rusev, speaks. A former colonel who says he fought in Chechnya as a volunteer alongside Russians, Rusev declares his support for a man they admire: President Donald Trump. "The CIA is trying to undermine Trump," said Rusev, a compact 58-year-old with a neat mustache and short-cropped hair. "They want to destroy him. We offer our support to him."

“Trump's hard-line stance on immigration and vocal criticism of Islam finds an appreciative audience here.”

“Asked if he is afraid Bulgaria is losing its identity, founding member Ivanov nods. "If we don't do something soon," he said. "It's not just Bulgaria, but all of Europe."


Armed Vigilantes Hunt Migrants on the Edge of Europe

Return of the Barbary Pirates?

‘Ghost ships’ in European waters spark terror fears

“Hundreds of ships are sailing into European waters after suspicious manoeuvres near terrorist hotspots, prompting fears that they are smuggling people and weapons with impunity. An investigation by The Times has uncovered how cargo ships and other large vessels routinely switch off GPS tracking so they can disappear, falsify their identification or veer off their usual course.”


Cargo ships and other large vessels entering European waters are “going dark” by switching off GPS trackingGetty Images


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WellRead EdMarch 10, 2017 11:08 PM UTC

Bulgarians have always been comfortable with violence. During the Cold War Era, the USSR used to farm all of their wet work to the Bulgarian intelligence services, because they had no qualms about eliminating those perceived to be enemies.