Rayko Aleksiev

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Rayko Aleksiev
BASA-1155K-1-322-1-Rayko Aleksiev and Vesela Grancharova, 1932.jpg
Born(1893-03-07)7 March 1893
Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
Died18 November 1944(1944-11-18) (aged 51)
Sofia, Bulgariа
Resting placeCentral Sofia Cemetery
42°42′52.5″N 023°20′10.1″E / 42.714583°N 23.336139°E / 42.714583; 23.336139
Occupationpainter, caricaturist

Rayko Nikolov Aleksiev (Bulgarian: Райко Николов Алексиев; 7 March 1893 – 18 November 1944) was a Bulgarian painter, caricaturist, and writer of feuilletons. He established Shturets, a hugely successful satirical newspaper, in 1932.

Known for his uncompromising satire, Aleksiev was especially unloved by Bulgarian communists due to his famous caricatures of Joseph Stalin. After the Bulgarian coup d'état of 1944 he was, like many other intellectuals, arrested by the newly formed people's militia. While under arrest, he was severely beaten over the course of several days. He died from his wounds. Aleksiev was posthumously sentenced to death by the People's Court.


Aleksiev Glacier on Nordenskjöld Coast in Graham Land, Antarctica is named after Rayko Aleksiev.[1]

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