Todor Zhivkov’s son Vladimir died

Vladimir Zhivkov (in the middle) Photo: Archive

The son of the former Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and First Chairman of the State Council Todor Zhivkov – Vladimir Zhivkov has died at the age of 69, kmeta.bg reported.

The family confirmed to “24 Chasa” about the death. The wife of the late Ivan Slavkov, Valya Slavkova, said: “Vlado Zhivkov has died. I spoke with Todor Slavkov, he told me. I am very sorry, this is not the time to talk anymore. He died in a Sofia hospital today, July 22, in the morning.”

Vladimir’s death is exactly 40 years after the death of his sister Lyudmila Zhivkova (July 21, 1981)

Until recently, he spent his old days mainly in the Dupnitsa village of Kremenik.

Meanwhile, a reference in Wikipedia shows that part of the biography of the late banker Emil Kyulev was attributed to Vladimir Zhivkov. Here is the true part of Vladko’s life, as he was called during his lifetime, from Wikipedia:

Vladimir Zhivkov was born on June 5, 1952 in Sofia in the family of the then secretary of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party Todor Zhivkov and Mara Maleeva-Zhivkova. In 1971 he graduated from the 35th high school with Russian language teaching in Sofia. He has been a member of the Bulgarian Communist Party since 1971. He then graduated in law from Sofia University. While studying he was a member of the Sofia City Committee of DKMS.

In 1980 he started working as a research associate at the Institute of State and Law Sciences at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Under the supervision of his supervisor Yaroslav Radev in 1981 he defended a dissertation on “Legal assessment of the Nuremberg Trials”, probably written by Radev himself. He married twice – to Marusya Mirchevska, with whom he has a son Todor Zhivkov, and to Valentina Stanimirova, with whom he has a daughter Elizabeth Zhivkova.

After the death of his sister Lyudmila Zhivkova, Vladimir Zhivkov became director general of the Flag of Peace Center (until 1989). In the same year he was elected a member of the Bureau of the Central Committee of the DCMS. From 1982 to February 1990 he was chairman of the Lyudmila Zhivkova International Foundation. From May 27, 1983 to June 1989 he was vice-chairman of the Committee on Culture. In 1986 he became Deputy Chairman of the Council for Spiritual Development at the Council of Ministers. From 1986 until his expulsion in 1989 he was a member of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party. Member of the 8th and 9th National Assemblies and member of the Committee on Spiritual Development and of the Steering Committee of the Bulgarian Interparliamentary Group.

Under socialism, there were many rumors about him, the main one – about heavy drunkenness and domestic violence. After the divorce, his first wife Marusya and their son Todor Zhivkov emigrated to the United States. There, Todor makes a living from poker tournaments.

After November 10, Todor Zhivkov was often heard expressing his disappointment with his son Vladimir.

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