Great list,I remember my mom having all of Aïvanhov’s books and insisting that his teachings are totally compatible with Orthodox Christianity.Her Aura Smiles and Never Frowns
Leaders/de facto leaders of Bulgaria, 1954 - 2009
1954 - 1983†: General Secretary Todor Zhivkov (Bulgarian Communist Party) (1)
1983 - 2001: General Secretary/First Teacher Lyudmila Zhivkova (Bulgarian Communist Party [1983-1988]; (Neo-) White Brotherhood [1988-2001]) (2)
2001 - 2002: Provisional President Todor Kavaldzhiev (Independent)
2002 - 2006: President George Ganchev (Popular Bloc) (3)
2006 - 2009 (resigned): President Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria Can Do More) (4)
(1) Died in office; succeeded by daughter [who died in OTL in 1981].
(2) Despite her eclectic tendencies, Zhivkova remained a fairly loyal Soviet ally until the Eastern Bloc began to collapse. Thereafter, she transformed the regime, taking inspiration from the previously outlawed White Brotherhood spriritualist movement; remnants of Marxist-Leninist thought; and elements of Western New Age ideas. Ruled Bulgaria ruthlessly as a European pariah throughout the 1990s; overthrown after the economy collapsed in 2001.
(3) Established a shaky democracy and stabilized the economy, but never overcame substantiated rumors of links to Todor and Lyudmila's secret services while living abroad. Defeated in the 2006 election.
(4) Footballer hero of Bulgaria's second-place finish at the 1998 World Cup in Czechoslovakia (Zhivkova had invested heavily in the national side during the 1990s to improve Bulgaria's image); elected promising to "sweep away" the corrupt establishment and Zhivkova's proteges. Resigned after corruption allegations and probable wiretapping of opposition figures, as well as failed negotiations for eventual membership in the European Confederation.
Did Zhivkova’s White Brotherhood regime interfere in the Yugoslav conflict in any way?