Yonko Grozev has been selected by the expert committee of the PACE as the best candidate among the three proposed by the Bulgarian government to be the country’s next ECtHR judge, so he is likely to be elected next week. Grozev is currently a member of the board of George Soros’s “Open Society Justice Initiative” and was a founding member of the (equally Soros-founded) Bulgarian Helsinki Committee.
It seems thus that the post will stay in the “Soros family”. Zdravka Kalaydjieva, the current Bulgarian ECtHR judge, was also a member of Helsinki Committee.
George Soros is a (Hungarian-born) American billionaire who made his fortune with audacious currency speculations – in particular the famous “Black Wednesday” in 1992, when he recognized the unfavorable position at which the United Kingdom joined the Exchange Rate Mechanism. When finally the UK withdrew from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism and devalued the pound. Soros’s profit on the bet was estimated at over $1 billion; earning him the nickname the man who broke the Bank of England”.
Soros uses part of his wealth for what he himself would describe as “philanthropy”, while in actual fact it is the promotion of radical-liberal political causes, such as “abortion rights” and the “gay rights” agenda. For this purpose, he is funding, or has himself established, a huge number of “civil society” and “human rights advocacy” groups. His main tool for these activities is his Open Society Institute (OSI) which is named after Karl Popper’s seminal book Die offene Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde. OSI is a major donor of pressure groups with radical agendas, such as Planned Parenthood, Center for Reproductive Rights, or ILGA Europe. Soros also donated 100 million US$ to Human Rights Watch, a major international human rights advocacy group, which effectively gave him the control over this group’s advocacy.
An important part of George Soros’s strategy is to influence the selection and appointment of like-minded persons to key posts in international human rights institutions. A considerable number of current ECtHR judges, especially those from Eastern Europe, have received training on human rights in courses held at the Central European University, which was founded and is effectively controlled by Soros. The CEU was a key instrument for Soros to transport his ideology into many areas of Eastern Europe’s public life.