Bulgaria: Internal Political Situation in Bulgaria
1 January 1982
A file of correspondence and reports concerning the internal political situation in Bulgaria. The documents cover meetings of the Bulgarian Central Committee and National Assembly concerning a new labour code, reforms of the penal system, and developments in the construction industry; and speeches delivered by the Bulgarian leader, Todor Zhivkov, concerning productivity and efficiency in the labour market, and the idleness of youth. Other documents in the file cover concerns over the country's falling birth rate; measures to address rural depopulation; the country's youth movements; moves to study the "corrupting influence" of discotheques in Bulgaria; and measures to strengthen socialist democracy in the country by extending the use of local referendums. The file also includes a despatch examining the characteristics and culture of Bulgarians; a report on a tour of the country's north-east undertaken by the British ambassador, Giles Bullard; and an assessment of Bulgarian cultural policy.
youth tourism housing health services bulgaria construction culture industry law manpower nationality prisons productivity socialism working conditions political ideology domestic politics speeches demographics film economic policies Todor Zhivkov Bulgarian press Media and Culture Populations and Social Policy Bulgarian government Giles Bullard