Belarus Arms Exports to Bulgaria Increase to €117 Million in 2017

Despite being one of the largest manufacturers of Soviet-style weapons, Bulgaria received a rather large import of such arms from Belarus, another former communist state. It’s no mystery where these weapons are being shipped to given the current hotspots - Syria and Yemen.

The data of the sales was released by Oleg Dvigalev, Chairman of the Military Industrial Committee of the Republic of Belarus. According to him, Belarus exported arms to 69 countries around the world, and Bulgaria was knowingly excluded from a recent report. The exports from Belarus to Bulgaria jumped 7 times in 2017.

That amount cost around €117 million. Considering Bulgaria’s military is in shambles and the government had to have a giant debate on whether to buy planes crucial for air defense to the point where the Air Force stopped piloting their Cold-war era MiG-29s in protest, the reason for buying these weapons is clear – to export them into the Middle East.

The equipment Bulgaria bought from Belarus includes ammunition, grenades, rocket launchers, demolition equipment, most of which were manufactured in Bulgaria as well. After all, the demand for machines of death in the Middle East is so big that Bulgarian arms manufacturers can’t seem to keep up.

With the recent talks of military intervention in Syria and even potential fears of third world war 53% of Bulgarians have, it seems like the merchants of death will not go hungry anytime soon.

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Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for

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