Bulgarian politician vandalizes Russian embassy

Ivan Kalchev defaced a sign at the gates of the Moscow Mission in Sophia and called for more weapons for Ukraine

A Bulgarian deputy candidate splashed red paint on a nameplate at the Russian embassy in the nation’s capital on Thursday to protest against Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.

In a video posted on Facebook, Ivan Kalchev, a member of the Democratic Bulgaria party, approaches the gates of the Russian Embassy in Sophia with a bucket of red paint and spills it all over the nameplate.

In an apparent attempt to justify the vandalism, the politician said he wanted “to honor the memory of the victims of the Ukrainian war”. The gesture was also intended to pay tribute to “all these innocent Russians who will serve as cannon fodder”, he added.

During the incident, a female policewoman outside the embassy approached Kalchev, apparently in an attempt to arrest him, but was unsuccessful. The footage shows her making a phone call, but the politician was not apprehended in the video.

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Kalchev also called for more arms deliveries to kyiv. “Let’s give Ukraine our old military systems, our old artillery and our armor that is rusting in the warehouses”, he said, adding that Ukraine would be able to defeat Russia regardless of Western help, but such help would show that Bulgaria is “a part of the modern and civilized European world” and not that of “Dictator Putin”.

According to earlier press reports, Kalchev had taken part in the conflict on the side of kyiv, having traveled to Ukraine in early March to join the “foreign legion”.

Since the start of Moscow’s military offensive in Ukraine in late February, Russian institutions abroad have been repeatedly vandalized. In early March, activists threw blue and yellow paint – the colors of the Ukrainian flag – at the door of the Russian community center in Vancouver, Canada.

A day later, a man rammed a truck through the front door of the Russian Embassy in Dublin, Ireland. Before being arrested, the driver reportedly handed out anti-Russian leaflets and told passers-by that he had “do your part” to protest Russia’s actions.


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