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Valentin Radev

Born on February 6th, 1958 in the town of Elin Pelin.

Graduated from Artillery Academy in the town of Shumen as Armament Military Officer and Ammunition and Chemistry of Explosives Engineer, has also Masters’ Degree in Economics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia. In 1991 he obtained a Doctor’s Degree in Ballistics and Aerodynamics from the Defence Research Institute in Sofia.

Since 1996 he has been a research scientist, 2nd degree in the Defence Research Institute in Sofia.

Graduated specialised courses in Russia, Canada, Czech Republic and Germany, as well as a course for senior officials in the George C. Marshal European Centre for Security Studies.

Started his professional career as Head of Artillery Weapon Office in a Military Unit.

Since 1983 he has been research scientist in the Defence Research Institute in Sofia. Later he was appointed Head of Ammunitions Department in the same institute and in the period 2000 – 2002 was the Director of the institute.

In the period 1999 – 2000 he was Deputy Director of the Defence Advanced Research Institute (DARI) in Sofia.

Valentin Radev was also associate professor at the University of National and World Economy and New Bulgarian University, as well as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of NITI Ltd in the town of Kazanlak and scientific secretary of the Specialised Scientific Council on Defence Engineering Sciences at the Supreme Attestation Committee.

Since 2005 he has been the Chair of the Association of the Ammunition Specialists in Bulgaria, and since 2006 he has been a member of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria.

He has more than 130 scientific publications – scientific articles and reports, standards, etc. He is author of 17 products for military use which have been put in regular production and approved for use in the army; he also has mine patents, three industry designs, two trademarks and 17 rationalisations.

He is a member of the Defence Expert Committee of GERB political party.

In the period 2009-2013 he was Deputy Minister of Defence.

Member of 42nd, 43rd and 44th National Assembly.

On May 4th, 2017 he was appointed by the 44th National Assembly as Minister of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Speaks English and Russian.


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Ministry of Interior

29, Shesti Septemvri Street
1000 Sofia
Telephone: +359 2 982-25 55
E-Mail: mdzhumayska.14@mvr.bg
Web: www.mvr.bg

Member of the SALZBURG FORUM since 2006

Total area: 110.994 sq km
Length of National Border: 2.368 km
Total number of habitants: 7.202.198
Inhabitants/km2: 65
Neighbouring states: GR, MK, RO, RS, TR