Yuriy Bayrakratov, aged 46, from the Bulgarian town of Kilifarevo, has been in prison for months in the United Arab Emirates and his relatives are seeking help from the Bulgarian state. In mid-November 2017 the Bulgarian citizen went to work for Dubai, where he disappeared at the airport. According to information from his relatives, he deals with real estate. Bayrakratov;s whereabouts were unknown until April, when Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry informed his relatives that the man was found in a private arrest in Dubai. He was then transferred to a state prison in Abu Dhabi, where he still is, accused of plans for overthrowing the Emirates government. The Bulgarian citizen claims he was forced to sign documents in Arabic, the contents of which he did not understand. His relatives insist that the Bulgarian authorities should provide a lawyer and a translator on the case. At present, the defense of the Bulgarian is carried out by an officially appointed attorney.
In a televised interview, parliamentary leader of ruling GERB party, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, said that the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov was not surprising. He added that there were no changes in the coalition agreement between GERB..
On Friday night, Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Simeonov, in charge of economic and demographic policy, resigned and the resignation was immediately accepted by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. This happened after 26 day of protests by mothers..
Three Bulgarians were awarded the highest state decoration of Slovakia bestowed on foreign nationals. At a special ceremony at the embassy of Slovakia in Sofia Alexander Dimitrov was awarded the Order of the White Double Cross, 3 rd..