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181 The Final Rupture

A newspaper scandal brings down Prime Minister Petrov, allowing the actual leader of the governing party to finally take charge. Meanwhile, as Greek cheti bring yet more violence to Macedonia, the conflict between the two competing factions of the MRO heats up, leading to a wave of high-profile murders.



Major Characters in this Episode

General Racho Petrov

General Mikhail Savov

Dimitar Petkov

Yane Sandanski

Dame Gruev

Boris Sarafov

Ivan Garvanov

Mikhail Daev

Todor Panitsa


Timeline for this Episode

  • 1905 Dec 6th - Anarcho-liberals, lead by Georgi Bakalov, Nikola Harlakov, and Ruben Avramov, are expelled from БРСДП.

  • 1905 Dec 14th - The Gate accepts the Great Power’s project for financial reforms in Macedonia following the naval demonstration of their combined navy (Nov 26th).

  • 1905 Dec 31st - Official census of the population.

  • 1905 throughout the year - Bulgarian Posts purchased the first automobile for the servicing of the capital.

  • 1905-6 First Roma political congress.

  • 1906 Jan 24th - The whole thing with Evlogi Georgiev’s inheritance, the guy being sued by the family/the government.

  • 1906 Jan - A student group adjacent to the Democratic Party is organized.

  • 1906 March 7th - Law for helping government employees who are disabled or ill.

  • 1906 March 10th - The newspaper Мир uncovers corruption in the Bulgarian army, done by gen. Racho Petrov and the military minister gen. Mihail Savov (the Charles-Jean affair)

  • 1906 March 13th, Apr 3rd and 10th - Anti-Greek meetings in Balchik, Varna, Plovdiv, Sofia, and Tarnovo against the collection of funds to fight the MRO.

  • 1906 Apr 3rd - Turkish troops defeat Anastas Yankov’s detachment near Melnik. Yankov is murdered.

  • 1906 May - The Varna port opens.

  • 1906 June 3rd-July 4th - Varna residents don’t allow the new Greek vladika Neofitos to disembark at the ports at 3 separate occasions and they take over the Greek churches in the city. Racho Petrov ultimately refuses to confirm the Bishop.

  • 1906 June 18th - July 24th - Unsuccessful strike of the Pernik miners.

  • 1906 July 10th - The saint synod allows 4th marriages for orthodox christians.

  • 1906 July 17-24th - Congress of the Skopje revolutionary district.

  • 1906 July 30th - Constituent congress of the Bulgarian social-democratic union "Proletariat" in Varna.

  • 1906 Aug 12-15th - First constituent congress of the radical democratic party in Sofia.

  • 1906 Aug 26th - A Greek detachment attacks and sets fire to Smilevo.

  • 1906 Beginning of Oct - A group of Tolstoyist starts what’s basically a commune in the village of Alan kayryak (today’s Yasna Polyana), Burgas. It’s 15 acres big.

  • 1906 Oct - The Charles-Jean Affair results from a newspaper uncovering abuses of power by Racho Petrov.

  • 1906 Oct 23rd - A new cabinet of the People’s Liberals is formed.

  • 1906 Nov 4th - A Bulgarian-Macedonian society is founded in New York.

  • 1906 Dec 10th - Damyan Gruev’s detachment happens upon a Turkish posse in the Maleshevska mountain. Gruev is murdered.

  • 1906 Dec 17th - The MRO left votes down the congress of the Inner organization in Sofia.

  • 1906 Dec 20th -Feb 1st - Common railroad workers’ strike, partial success. Lead by a Strike committee formed by representatives of БРСДП, БСДС, and the radical Democratic Party.



A Greek cheta operating in Macedonia.
A Greek cheta operating in Macedonia.

The new Prime Minister Dimitar Petkov.
The new Prime Minister Dimitar Petkov.

The body of Dame Gruev after he was killed by Ottoman soldiers.
The body of Dame Gruev after he was killed by Ottoman soldiers.

Sandanski and Panitsa, the two men who orchestrated the attacks of the MRO's right wing.
Sandanski and Panitsa, the two men who orchestrated the attacks of the MRO's right wing.

The bodies of Boris Sarafov and Ivan Garvanov after their murder by Panitsa.
The bodies of Boris Sarafov and Ivan Garvanov after their murder by Panitsa.

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