CORRUPTION IN SOCIETY
I believe that the corruption is one of the cancer of the
post-modern society. However, we, the members of
the globalizing world, have to find how to deal with this
social disease.

The goal of this website is to contribute to a
humanistic society. We do publish and update
information for corruption and do delete texts in cases
in which our evaluation and activities have a positive
result.

Government and Culture

Science and misinformation
While the bibliographical websites published
information about a new album issued with an
author Vassil Nikolov (see e.g.  http://www.library.
haskovo.net/newbooks/022007/Default.HTM), the
National Institute of Archaeology and Museum made
a favor of his Director and on its website

cp: Николов, Васил.   Култура и изкуство на
праисторическа Тракия  : [Албум]  / Васил
Николов  . - Пловдив  : Летера, 2006  . - 167 с.: с цв.
фотогр. ; 30 см. Сист. No: 38152
while cp. NAIM:
През 2006 г. беше публикувана луксозната книга „Култура
и изкуство на праисторическа Тракия” с автор проф.
Васил Николов (НАИМ-БАН). Изданието е от 168 страници
и е богато илюстрирано с над 220 цветни илюстрации и 30
графични изображения. То е уникално по броя на
включените в него древни находки, съхранявани в 12
музея. Има емисии на български, английски и немски език.
Книгата е първият сериозен опит за обобщение на всички
данни за праисторическата култура в Тракия през периода
от VІ до ІІІ хилядолетие пр. Хр. На достъпен език са
представени най-интересните и събуждащи
въображението археологически находки от това време,
както и тяхната интерпретация.

Направен е опит за възстановяване на религиозно-
митологичните вярвания на най-ранните земеделци и
скотовъдци на европейския континент. Представено е
убедително потвърждение на тезата, че в Тракия възниква
и се развива първата европейска цивилизация.

Questions: Can our colleagues from NAIM make
difference between a book and an album?
Does this Album has a scientific contribution except
for photographs? What does it mean "first serious
attempt for generalization of the all data on the
prehistoric culture in Thrace during the period from teh
6th to the 2nd millennium BC" if it is an album of
selected finds from 12 museums.
Together with these questions, we can also stress on
the fact that the so-called reconstruction of the
religious-mythological beliefs of the earliest
agriculturalists and stockbreeders known by Vassil
Nikolov have in general intuitive character and  it is
hard to define these theses as science. While the
thesis that Thrace is a homeland of the first European
civilization is false.
  The book is in fact a part of the campaign of Vassil
Nikolov to become for a second mandate Director of
NAIM. However, NAIM is a Institute of the Bulgarian
Academy of Science and not a extension of the
Institute of a bad popularization of the Bulgarian
archaeology with false and doubtful theses and good
illustrations.

National Archaeological Institute with Museum,
Sofia, Bulgaria.

On the 4th of  April 207 Journey published our article
about the
discussion about the Gold Diploma of
Vassil Nikolov, the Director of the National
Archaeological Institute with Museum. Instead
responding to the article and answering the questions
in it, NAIM immediately issued on April 5th
a picture of
Vassil Nikolov next to the President.
Typical model of the corruption in Bulgaria - the social
actors try to demonstrate close contacts with
government or political leaders .

Ministry of Culture, Bulgaria, the organizer of the
exhibit of the Thracian treasures in Basel, Switzerland,
March-July 2007. Many questions:
1. 360 or 640 objects were sent to Basel? The Ministry
of Culture sent 340 objects while Basel reports that
had received 640 objects!
2. How does this exhibit relate to the Statement of
Stefan Danailov in the Parliament? The Minister of
culture promised not all Thracian treasures will be
sent abroad at once.
3. Why is the scientific head of the project a non-
specialist in Thracian archaeology? Vassil Nikolov is a
prehistorian.
4. Why is the scientific head of the project a extremely
corrupted person, one of the architects of the Dubene-
Balinovgorun affair?
5. Why we have a workshop Trinken wie die Thraker?

Internet

India
Tutor Vista. 5 min after signing in for a tutor, I called to
cancel the subscription since felt that something is
totally wrong with the offered one week free of charge
service. However, a week later my account was
charged and a receipt was received via e-mail for an
service that was never ordered. The company's
representative talked on the phone English which one
cannot understand in some cases even at all. It
occurs Tutor Vista works from India (even with 1800
number). After a series of phone calls and e-mails
and especially after writing to the President of the
company, finally an e-mail was received about a
coming refund.
We found info that "Tutor Vista, MakeMytrip and
Cleartrip received their two rounds of funding earlier
this month. Tutor Vista, an online tutorial company,
received $10.75 million from investment groups
including Lightspeed Ventures, Sequoia Capital India
and Silicon Valley Bank" (
http://www.podtech.
net/home/Venture+Capital/feed). Where do this money
go if this company charged in this way?
The messages about Tutor Vista on Internet look
more similar to all bulk and corrupted offers (type
Work from home). For instance:
Public service advertisement:
"Do you want to be a teacher without going to school?
Here is a chance to stay at home in any part of the
country, teach, and get paid handsomely. Bangalore
based Tutor Vista has introduced online tutoring for
children in the US and the UK. All that the tutor needs
is a […] "
Does it look professional and serious?
We can also learn that the target of Tutor Vista are the
American Children (
http://accidentalblogger.typepad.
com/accidental_blogger/2006/08/hitler_and_home.
html).
Why? Just because the American children have
presumably rich parents, I believe.
There is even a blog about Hitler as a homework with
a reference to Tutor Vista? Who gave a license to this
company? How do these children communicate the
customer service if one can understand from the
Indian English probably one word in 20? And this an
educational institution!
We read about the President that he works from home
(
http://www.washingtontimes.
com/business/20061231-110345-7666r.htm)
We received a letter with a offer for one month free
services, but we did not respond since it started with a
statement that they tried to have reached us without
success, which was not true.
LN

Politics and Government

BULGARIA
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Re: info about a hosting of Bozhidar Dimitrov by the
Ministry of Culture (28.02.2007)
Questions to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria
and the Prime Minister (.
pdf in Bulgarian)(2-28-07)
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Evidence about a possible false diploma used by a
member of the Bulgarian Parliament (
.pdf in
Bulgarian) (2-24-07)
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Boris Velchev about the corruption (
.pdf file)
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Dimitur Gundev (.pdf file), a deputy from the Socialist
party

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Anarchists fight against the corruption
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Siderov fights against political corruption
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Archaeology

What is common in archaeology corruption?

People with power involved
Official apathy
Money and highly valuable objects and sites involved

BULGARIA    

Corruptions in 2004-2005: National Museum of
History  (
Director Bozhidar Dimitrov) and
Archaeological Institute with Museum (
Director Vassil
Nikolov). The cemetery gold finds from Dubene,
Karlovo (http://www.iianthropology.org/Dubenegoldeba.
html), without any reason were brought to Sofia
instead in the Museum of History in Karlovo City which
is abt 7 km from the site.

And more: Vassil Nikolov lied on Guardian on Aug 17
2005 (http://www.iianthropology.
org/Dubeneinthemedia.html) that at Dubene was
discovered a treasure which is older and bigger than
Troy. However, next year strange practices in the filed
and new information even from Bozhidar Dimitrov
showed that in fact in 2005 obviously we knew just a
little bit about the real Dubene-Balinov Gorun
finds.          

The Internet archive shows (see  6 Oct 2004, Focus)
that in 2004 Vassil Nikolov had already felt a criminal
when took the gold mask from Kazanluk for the
Archaeological Museum in Sofia. But not many knew
that together with the mask from Kazanluk, he had
another corruptive project - taking the objects from
Dubene to National Museum of History. Against the
Bulgarian law, he even announced in the media that
would not let know the place of discovery.        

Since April 2005 Archaeological Institute in Sofia has
been warranted that the site of Dubene - Balinov
Gorun has been excavated by a non-professional
without knowledge on the techniques of excavation of
prehistoric cemeteries. Under the protection of Vassil
Nikolov, the archaeologists Martin Hristov continued in
Summer 2005 to gather gold objects caring them to a
private house in Dubene and after that to Sofia
National Museum while in 7 km was the City Museum
of Karlovo.        

The first results of the publication are devastating.
That archaeologist not only has no experience in
archaeological excavations and social moral in
accordance with the today’s global thinking, but he
even does not know the world directions. In the first
official publication of the Dubene gold finds – The
catalogue of the exhibit of Bulgarian treasures (Rome,
February – March 2006) he insists that the village to
which the cemetery belonged was in southeast while
it is in southwest direction.  

In other words the Bulgarian archaeology corruption
shows that it occurs among low-intelligent people,
whose attempt to compensate their intelligent deficit
include breaking social moral norms and in fact
attempting to destroy the fundamentals of the
archaeology as a humanistic and highly skilled
profession in which the artifacts are records but not a
victims of professional treasure-hunters with
government documents who collect finds for specific
museums and/or for unknown purposes    

Brussels scandal
What the people think about Vassil Bozhkov after
Brussels
(
.pdf)


PERU
External links:

Luis Jaime Castillo Butters and Elias Mujica Barreda:  
Exchanges -- Interamerican DialoguePeruvian
Archaeology: Crisis or Development? (SAA Bulletin 13
(3)).(
http://www.saa.org/publications/saabulletin/13-
3/SAA9.html).... "....A Peruvian archaeologist's
perception is that under the unclear state-imposed
regulations, it is easier for a looter to conduct
excavations than a professional."

Massoud Ansari: Monumental Disaster (
http://www.
newsline.com.pk/NewsAug2004/expose.htm) One of
the world's greatest ancient wonders, Moenjodaro
[Pakistan], is crumbling due to official callousness
and corruption......"Official apathy can be gauged from
the fact that only two years ago, unknown criminals
broke into the Moenjodaro museum and took away 40
important seals. These rare seals were discovered
from over a dozen sites. The seals were engraved with
animal motifs, especially bulls, while many seals
were inscribed in a script, which is yet to be
deciphered. The stolen seals include one which
depicts a unicorn and seven pictographs, another
depicts animal figurines and 10 pictographs on one
side, and still another features an elephant and
manger on one side, and four pictographs on the
other. A detailed inquiry conducted by the local police
revealed the involvement of some senior officials of
the archaeology department, as well as a UK-based
archaeologist in the theft....
Is it really fun what this "archaeologist" has been
doing with people and especially colleagues,
material culture, institutions, etc?
The picture is from
the official Web site of NAIM
Why does he smile - despite the Balinov gorun affair,
the slanders and false presentation of evidence in the
media and the corrupted social behavior in the
everydayness? Probably because the government
and the Archaeological Institute in Sofia do not care.
Can you see
any free
samples on the
website of
Tutor Vista?
No.
Can you read
e-mails of
customers who
are satisfied
from Tutor
Vista? No.
We are waiting
for students to
write us about
their
experience
with Tutor
Vista.
Vassil Nikolov, Director of National Archaeological
Institute with Museum - a slander, an author of
falsification in the media and one of the architects of
the Dubene-Baligorunov affair. He issued in
December 2006 that 360 archaeological objects will
be sent to Basel, an information later distributed
officially by the Ministry of culture of Bulgaria and
even by the President's website, while Basel received
in February 640 objects according to the website of
the museum and the western media. But even the
Bulgarian President's website published information
about 360 objects.

Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria sent 360 objects for
the exhibit in Basel of the Thracian treasures,
according to their official information, while Basel
Antikenmuseum reports that have 640 objects.
The Bulgarian media is silent and does not want
to learn the truth.  
Even more.
On March 2, 2007, Vassil Nikolov,
who issued the figure of 360 objects sent to Basel,
was given a Gold diploma by the
"European
Forum of Experts" (unknown for the scholars and
public organization, without website   (Response,
.pdf in BG, Journey)
A day after our article in Journey (April 4th) on the
discussion about the "Gold Diploma" NAIM
published
a picture of Vassil Nikolov next to the
President. Will this picture help the corrupted
Director to be reelected after all the troubles he did
to the Bulgarian archaeology? Or probably soon we
will know many truths.
How does the corruption
work in Bulgaria?
One model is this case study: Attempts of the
corrupted goverment administrators to show that
they have "a big back" behind them. The most
popular back of Dr Vassil Nikolov is the President of
Bulgaria who obviously did know what to do for this
picture - to smile to the public or to listen carefully
the "explanations" of Vassil Nikolov. He obviously
preferred the former. On the right side of Vassil
Nikolov is Dr Peter Blomme, the Director of the
Basel Antikenmuseum. The last even found a
journalist of Euronews for a video film about the
exhibit.
However, none of the above social actors on the
picture had answered the main question: How did
Vassil Nikolov send 360 find to Basel and Peter
Blomme receive 640 finds for the exhibit Das Gold
der Thraker? We are waiting for an answer also from
the President.
January - August 2007
September - December 2007