Some have speculated the two cables underneath MIGHT power a bug but I consider that unlikely since it's much easier to get power from inside the wall. Regardless it's not proof of any kind.
2. Mr. Danchev hadn't really published anything damaging to the Bulgarian government (see his writings here: http://ddanchev.blogspot.com/). Why try to discredit someone who hasn't said anything to discredit yet?
3. If the Bulgarian government was trying to discredit him for some reason why wasn't his commitment more widely publicized? If you read the original post you'll see ZDNet spent months trying to find what happened to him before posting this and even now the hospital won't confirm he's there for confidentiality reasons
re #2: Just because someone has not yet published anything damaging does not mean they don't have damaging information that could be published at anytime. It is not unreasonable that parties at risk of being damaged could preemptive actions to discredit.
I'm not sure if you know, but Bulgaria is in Balkans. And sane people are thrown in the loony bin (or just killed) if they talk too much.
Bulgaria is considered the most corrupt country in the 27-member European Union. For example, just recently, Asen Drumev, former head of the State Agricultural Fund, was sentenced to four years in prison for embezzling $34 million worth of EU assistance (and as far I know he was just a sacrifice lamb). And crime journalist Bobbie Tsankov was killed "execution syle" last June.
I'm bulgarian, living in US since 1999. I've been couple of times back, trying to keep on the news... and the recent scandal involving our premier just saddens me.
The transition from "kind-of communist/socialist (actually totalitarian)" regime to full blown democracy, reminds me a bit of situation where you would put electrical engineer with no software practice to be software engineer.
In results, we have a buggy country, with lots of hacks, "fixes", and it leaks everywhere, but you can't debug it well.
Real example - the money for Sofia -> Burgas freeway (~400km long) disappeared, only 1/3 (1/4?) got finished.... Not the only case where money had went south in my dear old country.
So I'm here, waiting for Bulgaria 2.0 to happen, and would go back once the people are ready for change.
"I'm not sure if you know, but Bulgaria is in Balkans". Mexico is in North America. What is your point?
BTW, Mr. Bobbie Tsankov was a convicted conman that loved to brag about how well connected he is with the underground and this is a fact. He just happend to have a radio talk (not news) show. Saying that he was a "crime journalist" is like saying that Lucky Luciano was running a security company.
I'm sorry, but you misunderstand healthcare in EU memberstates, it's not like you can just move around from one country to another to get healthcare at the level you want it, the default is that citizens go to clinics in their respective member states unless a particular expertise is not available or you happen to be visiting a memberstate when you get ill.
When you're a resident for instance or holidaying you get some choice in the matter because of your location but if I were to get ill tomorrow I could not 'move to a hospital in a country of my choosing' and the same goes for mental hospitals.
In most EU countries people can be placed in a psychiatric facility against their will if they are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. Paranoid schizophrenics are probably the most well known group who are likely to end up involuntarily committed, but there are plenty of others.
Once you have been committed against your will, you have to convince either a psychiatrist or a medical tribunal that you are no longer a public health risk. You are not free to just move to another facility or country.
Not saying that's what happened in this case, but the wording of the OP title, and from reading the translated article, it seems quite possible.
Why is it so hard to believe he needs help? Psychosis is not rare, and today's medicine does miracles - you can still have a perfectly normal life. The hardest part is for the patient to accept his condition.
That article is from 9 years ago, I'd hope that in the meantime the situation has improved a bit, but it would not surprise me if it had not since Bulgaria is still very poor compared to other EU member states.
Well, no, obviously not. But that doesn't mean that it doesn't remind 'llgrrl' of A Beautiful Mind. "reminds me of" can be triggered by the most aribtrary things. I am reminded of things long ago and far away by a few notes of a song or a particular smell wafting on a Spring breeze.
Of course, if someone claims this is just like A Beautiful Mind, that's another thing entirely...