Bulgaria is a nice country in Southeast Europe, today mostly depopulated in villages, with a multicultural nation (there main groups – Bulgarians, Turkish and Gypsies) and with a level of living standards which is in many cases comparable with the poorest countries in the world. Official statistics and the law system do not well paint the right picture, as since the communist regime (1944) the laws have been using for totalitarian and non-humanistic social practices and for covering the crime in Bulgaria. Vasil Bozhkov is a Bulgarian, one of the richest people in world, whose wealth is a black wealth although because of backing from Soviet Union followed by Russia, Bulgaria today looks more like Bozhkovbulgaria.
The exhibit of "Thracian Gold in Moscow. Resurgent Legends" is a new argument that there is a small group of people in Bulgaria who contribute to bozhkovizing of Bulgaria, that means total dehumanization and deculturalization. The list is only visibly short – Dimitur Ivanov, Valeria Fol, Ivan Marazov with wife, and Bozhidar Dimitrov, but in fact the invisible hands connect this group with many others who on the surface may even play as opposing to the process of bozhkovization.
If a historian tries to oppose to the above anthropological insight, they have to answer a very sensitive question – How was possible to happen the new issue of the traditional travel exhibit of Thracian gold in Moscow? In this exhibit the nation’s wealth has been mixed with criminal finds from the private collections of Vassil Bozhkov and Dimitur Ivanov. The problem is legal – the finds have been legalized by Bulgarian law, but they have been obtained by Bozhkov and Ivanov in a period when in Bulgaria was a law according to which all archaeological heritage belongs to the nation. Then, there is most serious crime against humanity and the people who make culture are responsible for humanity in this world.
The Russian media which have been following the exhibit after its opening on 29 September 2013 is amazingly either non-educated or served by pseudojournalists who do not have any interest in culture, respectively any serious knowledge to be journalists.
Instead focusing on existed finds from the most wanted in some country Vassil Bozhkov, Russian media speak about unique exhibit, which is also wrong – this is slightly updated variant of well-known to Russians and world travel exhibit since the 1970s. The only uniqueness is the combination of nation’s wealth with criminal finds.
The second striking moment is that Thracian gold from this exhibit has twins in Scythian gold which should be well known by Russians in way it is well known by the world. The journalists even do not mention a word about this brotherhood focusing mostly on “the brotherhood” between Bulgaria and Russia (following the words of the Russian minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky who opened the exhibit on Sept 29). Then, the Moscow exhibit has political and not scientific and cultural value for the organizers in State Historical Museum in which it is even missing a Department of Scythian culture.
From scientific point of view, the exhibit in Moscow is: 1. Crime against humanity because of mixture between nation’s wealth with criminal finds from private collections (legal only according to Bulgarian law which in many cases is pseudolaw). 2. There is no scientific value, since this is a travel exhibit since 1970s, only slightly updated. It would be with eventual scientific value as an exhibit if there was a scientific innovation – for instance, if it was a comparative exhibit of Thracian and Scythian gold. But even in this case the shadow of crime would question such value.
The world is on the whole on the very healthy road of globalization. Globalizaton means humans for humans and rejection of any antihumanity. The Thracian Gold exhibit in Moscow antagonizes Bulgaria and makes thinking people ask a serious question: Why is still possible culture to be abused by politics and why is still possible some Bulgarians to act like at the beginning of the Cold War in Europe? How can globalization win over a handful group of people who trouble the world and make the world scared about the future of humanity? Bulgarian archaeology looks completely blocked by criminal issues in all its three main branches - prehistory (with the psychotronic gang of Henrieta Todorova), Thracian archaeology (with bozhkovized gang of Marazov and Valeria Fol) and Middle Age (with most unpopular in humanistic world Nikolja Ovcharov). There are Bulgarian archaeologists who are community group members at Facebook with progressive views but they do not have opportunities to change the direction of Bulgarian archaeology toward the healthy road of global humanistic archaeology.
The resignation of the ICOM President Dr Hans-Martin Hinz, should follow this exhibit in Moscow since global museum community does not mean mixing nation’s wealth with crime.
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