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"We have been living in very serious instability for 22 months.

The word of the Bulgarian intelligentsia is missing, of the people with the wisdom, the knowledge and with that special sense of the world that only one author, talent, publicist has.

In return, hatred, bitterness, division, confrontation, spiritual destitution settled in society.

I wish that 2023 will bring the most important thing - the leading word of the Bulgarian intelligentsia."

With these words, Vice President Iliana Yotova

Iliana Malinova Yotova is a Bulgarian politician, the 5th Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria, addressed the artists gathered in the National Library "St.

St. Cyril and Methodius" at the awarding ceremony of the competition of the League of Bulgarian Writers in the USA and around the world.

The League of Bulgarian Writers in the USA and around the world awards the best achievements in Bulgarian prose and poetry every two years.

37 poetry collections written in Bulgarian in 22 countries applied for the certificates and monetary incentives for 2021 and 2022. 

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“The bar of our own value system has fallen very low.

And it will be very difficult to turn it back, if the Bulgarian intelligentsia does not stand in its place again", pointed out Yotova.

She is categorical that Bulgarian intellectuals should not be divided into groups - progressive, backward, conservative, etc. "We have many talents, we have knowledgeable people, connoisseurs of the Bulgarian soul and what each one of us brings.

From these people we expect wisdom.

We are waiting for the way, the light that they can show," said the vice president.

"Another question is whether some politicians will listen to them.

But we, as a society, need your words, ladies and gentlemen," Iliana Yotova pointed out

Iliana Malinova Yotova is a Bulgarian politician, 5th Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria. 

The jury distinguished three books: "The Skin of the World" by Lachezar Lozanov, "Eight Bars of Silence" by Marinov and "The Owl's Dream" by Dimitrinka Zhelyazkova-Etina.

The poet Prof. Ivan Burzakov also received an award for his patriotic activity through the "Professor Burzakov" association, the press office of the Presidency announced.

Iliana Yotova