... "Vasil Levski seems to be one of the few great men of the period of Bulgarian National Revival who was spared by the turbulences of our social and spiritual life, and whose value has generally remained unquestioned.

People's doubts and half-spoken accusations were not spared even to Georgi S. Rakovski. Some tried to accuse Rakovsky of inconsistency, others ascribed to him dictatorial, totalitarian aspiration, yet others saw him as a foreign agent, because all his life he endorsed the idea of understanding between all Balkan states.

Or to consider another prominent figure of the Bulgarian Revolution - Lyuben Karavelov. After the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule, they denigrated him with the shame of betrayal, then tried to rack his ideas across the different directions without understanding his complex, contradictory and rich nature. They began to push him into one or another mould, to senselessly argue who he belonged to - the bourgeoisie or the people.

Even Hristo Botev was not spared. The way he remained in history, he seemed too large, too strong and too ruthless for Bulgarian bourgeoisie and philistines to swallow. Therefore, they began to prune him, to pickpocket with unclean hands in his private world, and one miscreant even claimed that he must have been a "sinister person."

However, with respect to Vasil Levski no one has dared to be insolent. Everyone respects him - on the left and on the right, in intellectual highs and in the lows; wise poets and scholars alike, just as earlier his audacity had won the respect of the Sultan, and his powerful ideas, the scale of his pragmatic grasp as a leader and a politician had won the hearts of the whole Bulgarian nation... "

From Levski, the Revolution and the Future World - Prof. Nikolay Genchev



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