Bulgarian university professor fired after protest against Borissov

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, 16 March 2021. [EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA]

Academic Martin Osikovski has been fired on disciplinary grounds from his post at Sofia’s University of National and World Economy days after criticising a pre-election appearance of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the institution on 2 April.

Osikovski was fired for “abuse of employer trust and abuse of trust and damage to the university’s reputation,” the university’s rector Dimitar Dimitrov confirmed, and said the academic had published more than 80 negative publications and comments about the university. 

The rector denied the dismissal represented a purge of political opponents and critics of the government. Osikovski resigned from all leading positions at the university in protest against a pre-election event for Borissov and his GERB party on the university campus.

Osikovski claimed that the university was being used in an unacceptable way in the election campaign. (Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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