Bulgarian author wrote a book about annexation of the Crimea. In home country he was accused of Russophobia

16 May 2019, 11:17
Фото: Укринформ
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Bulgarian writer Svetoslav Nahum was accused of Russophobia after the presentation of his book Escape from the Crimea. It tells the story of a woman who was forced to leave the Crimea after the Russian annexation.

In protest against the accusations by his colleagues, Nakhum decided to leave the Writers’ Union of Bulgaria, Ukrinform reports.

In protest against the accusations by his colleagues, Nakhum decided to leave the Writers’ Union of Bulgaria, Ukrinform reports.

The book consists of several short stories on human rights issues, which included the title work “Escape from the Crimea”. Its plot is built on real emotions and memories of Ukrainians who left the Crimea.

Subsequently, the head of the Writers’ Union of Bulgaria, Boyan Angelov, published a declaration in which he dissociated himself both from the presentation of the storybook and from the work of Nahum in general, referring to the fact that one should not go against Russia. His statement was supported by the overwhelming majority of the Writers’ Union.

The Ukrainian embassy in Bulgaria defended the author.

“Escape from the Crimea” reveals the terrible events that we experienced in Ukraine – the criminal occupation of the Crimea. Events are described with talent, the written words will not leave anyone indifferent. I am grateful to Svetoslav Nahum for his skill. This is a serious and significant book,” said Ambassador of Ukraine Vitaly Moskalenko during the presentation of the work.

Earlier, in September 2018, a delegation from Bulgaria illegally visited the annexed Crimea. It included politicians, journalists and public figures, they came for a week of Bulgarian culture, which was initiated by local “authorities” on the peninsula.