An exhibition of panels in front of the entrance of the Russian Cultural and Information Center in Sofia presents the brothers St. St. Cyril and Methodius as “reformers of the Slavic alphabet, creators of the Church Slavonic language, the first spreaders of literacy and education in Russia.”
The exhibition is set on the occasion of May 24 and is a panel with photos of manuscripts, and they have an explanatory text in Russian. They are part of the collection of the Moscow State United Art and Architectural and Natural-Landscape Museum – Reserve.
The exposition is entitled “The Source of Slavic Culture” and only Russian documents are selected in it, and the contribution of Bulgaria is not mentioned at all.
Creators of the Cyrillic alphabet are represented as: “Cveti Cyril for guidance prozvishte Filocof (about 827-869) and negoviyat brat Metodiy Moravcki – rodeni in Greek grad Colun, reformatori na clavyanckata azbuka, cazdateli na tsarkovnoclavyanckiya LANGUAGE first razproctraniteli na gramotnoctta and procvetata in Ruciya “.
Izbyagvaneto na Balgariya kato ocnoven faktor charter razproctranyavaneto na azbukata prodalzhava and opicanieto na Colovetskiya manactir, kadeto cpored utochnenieto pod cnimka imalo nad 4000 toma na “drevnorucki, Greek and latincki LANGUAGE.” The exposition is at the Moscow State Museum.
“This is part of Russia’s policy towards Bulgaria and the former Soviet republics with the idea that sooner or later the empire must be rebuilt, thus eroding those national markers that exist in individual countries,” historian Prof. told Dnevnik. Milko Palangurski – Vice-Rector of the University of Veliko Tarnovo “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”.
“The Bulgarian nation is built on the basis of what we call the ‘state of the spirit’,” I deliberately quote Russian academician Dmitry Likhachev, Palangursky said.
“This absolutely cannot be accidental. This is how it started with Ukraine, Ossetia and Georgia. When an empire decides that it must pursue a policy, it finds enough leverage. There is nothing accidental when Russian diplomacy does something. It is impossible to it’s just a mistake or a misconception, “the historian stressed.
He said that only a few days ago he received information and was sent a Russian edition of World War II, in which “it is most brazenly claimed that Russian troops fought in Ruse and Svishtov and between 5 and 9 September 1944 d. ”
“These things continue purposefully. It is no coincidence that the foreign ministers of Eastern European countries signed this declaration. This declaration is very strong, but we must fight against any such eroding fact – today are the brothers Cyril and Methodius and the Bulgarian script, tomorrow will be Bulgarian freedom,” admits Prof. Palangurski.
He is convinced that it is impossible not to check an exhibition and its texts in the center of Sofia, especially on such a delicate topic. “There can be no such coincidence. I have worked in Russian archives and I know that the Russian Empire never, in any way, allows liberties from its external political and cultural factors without having a special policy and preliminary goal,” Palangursky commented.
According to him, there should be both courtesy and equality in diplomacy, but nevertheless Bulgarian diplomacy must react with a diplomatic demarche.
“I don’t know why we call May 24 a day of Slavic writing and culture. Because not only Slavs write on this writing. There is a clear tradition of where it comes from and it is high time to say it – this is the Bulgarian alphabet and Bulgarian culture. This is our work. and I see no reason to be ashamed of it, “the historian added. He is convinced that it is high time the holiday was renamed.
“The Cyrillic alphabet – the Bulgarian alphabet, is one of the official ones of the EU thanks to us. The Russian Cultural Information Center cannot take it away from us. In order to have friendship between Bulgaria and Russia, such behavior must be abandoned by Russia,” the historian said. Prof. Plamen Pavlov, quoted by “Focus”.
Dnevnik asked the Russian Cultural Information Center for questions and comments, but no one answered the phone. The Russian embassy asked us to ask them for comment on Monday.