"I'm not religious but these relics are in the premier league....The revenue potential for Bulgaria is clear."
- SIMEON DJANKOV,Bulgaria's finance minister, on the tourism boon expected from last month's discovery of bones said to belong to John the Baptist
"He boasted about his gangster affiliations. In a fragile democracy like Bulgaria, the gangsters are the rock stars."
- EVGENIY DAYNOV,a Bulgarian political commentator, after Bobi Tsankov, a prominent journalist and author of a book on Bulgaria's gangsters, was shot and killed in Sofia
"Other countries have the mafia. In Bulgaria, the mafia has the country.
- ATANAS ATANASOV,a member of parliament, on the nation's history of political corruption and violence
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