Mariya Petkova (Bulgaria)

Mariya Petkova is a Bulgarian journalist covering stories in eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East.

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She is currently an online producer at Al Jazeera English.

Mariya's fellowship project focuses on the economic effects on the Balkans of the war in Syria.

Diary

14 Jul 2015 / 07:22

Hard times for Bulgaria's old arms hub

Mariya Petkova

Late last year, rumours spread through the historic Bulgarian town of Sopot that its most famous landmark, a statue of the great writer Ivan Vazov, might be sold off. The debt-laden local council was unable to pay its creditors so its property was appraised and put up for sale. As it turned out, the statue survived, although the mayor’s chair didn’t – it was sold for 74levs (about 37 euros).