Konstantin Muraviev

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Konstantin Muraviev
Константин Муравиев
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31st Prime Minister of Bulgaria
In office
2–9 September 1944
Monarch Simeon II
Preceded by Ivan Ivanov Bagryanov
Succeeded by Kimon Georgiev
Personal details
Born 5 March 1893
Pazardzhik, Bulgarian Kingdom
Died 31 January 1965(1965-01-31) (aged 71)
Sofia, People's Republic of Bulgaria
Political party BANU Vrabcha 1

Konstantin Vladov Muraviev (Bulgarian: Константин Владов Муравиев) (5 March 1893, Pazardzhik – 31 January 1965) was a leading member of the Agrarian People's Union who briefly served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria near the end of Bulgarian involvement in the Second World War. Muraviev was educated at Robert College of Istanbul, just like Ivan Evstratiev Geshov, Todor Ivanchov, Konstantin Stoilov and many other Bulgarian revolutionaries were.

The nephew of Aleksandar Stamboliyski, he was chosen to appeal to the Western Allies after they had rejected the advances of his predecessor Ivan Ivanov Bagryanov. Muraviev ratified the abolition of all laws against Jews on 5 September and on the 8th he declared war on Nazi Germany. However, his efforts were a failure as, after little more than a week in the job, his government was overthrown by the Fatherland Front coup of 9 September 1944 as the Red Army advanced into the country.[1] Although he had made overtures to the Allies throughout his brief Premiership the Soviet Union had refused to negotiate with him and declared war on Bulgaria.[2]

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Muraviev was not executed after the war and published a book on Bulgarian politics, Sŭbitiya i khora (Събития и хора), in 1963.

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  1. ^ S.G. Evans: A Short History of Bulgaria. Lawrence and Wishart, London 1960, p. 181
  2. ^ Michael Bar-Zohar, Beyond Hitler's Grasp: The Heroic Rescue of Bulgaria's Jews, Adams Media Corporation, 1998, p. 243