Konstantin Velichkov

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Konstantin Velichkov (full name Konstantin Velichkov Petkov; in ; 1855 - 3 November 1907) was a Bulgarian writer and public figure.

Biography

He was born in the town of Pazardzhik.

Velichkov received his education in the Galatasaray Lisesi in Istanbul where he studied from 1868 to 1874. After returning to his home town he became a teacher in geography, history, French and Bulgarian as well as chairman of the local Chitalishte (reading club). Pretty soon he became an active member of the local revolutionary committee aiming at liberating Bulgaria from Ottoman domination. Together with Todor Kableshkov he participated in the preparations for the April uprising. After the failure of the insurgents Velichkov was arrested and sentenced to death by the Ottoman authorities. Before the sentence could take place he was let free thanks to the committee sent by European powers to investigate the Turkish atrocities during the suppression of the rebellion. Subsequently, Velichkov worked for the Bulgarian Exarchate until 1877.

Immediately after the end of the Russo-Turkish War that resulted in the creation of a new liberated Bulgarian state, Velichkov returned to Pazardzhik. Soon it became obvious, though, that the Great powers had other intentions. San-Stefano Bulgaria was partitioned into several parts, some of which gained independence, others were returned to the Empire. Velichkov's home town became part of the newly formed state of Eastern Rumelia which remained a vassal to the...
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