Yordan Sokolov, a prominent Bulgarian politician, attorney and statesman, passed away today at the age of 83. He was President of the 38th Bulgarian National Assembly and Minister of Internal Affairs in the government of Filip Dimitrov. Yordan Sokolov was one of the most notable persons associated with the Union of the Democratic Forces, the first right-wing political party in Bulgaria after 1989. He was one of the most outspoken supporters of the adoption of a lustration law in the country and of opening up the dossiers of State Security, the secret service during the Communist rule in Bulgaria. His merit in the democratisation of the Bulgarian political system and the establishment of parliamentarism in the country is undeniable. His support of the national initiative “25 years free Bulgaria” as part of the Initiative Committee was invaluable and highly appreciated. We will remember him as one of the most proactive and influential Bulgarian politicians in the period after 1989. May he rest in peace!