Story told by Ivan Tatarchev – a lawyer, and former General Prosecutor of Bulgaria in 1992-1999
I personally knew Baba Vanga from the summer of 1957, when I started my career as a lawyer in the town of Razlog. Most of my meetings with her were a secret, as I wasn’t allowed to visit her, plus Petrich was a border town. I was one of the people that was not allowed to be near a border area. That is why even Baba Vanga had personally criticised me, that by visiting her we will both get in trouble for nothing.
On my very first meeting, she accepted me right away. Baba Vanga knew my big family – it is famous in Macedonia. She started to list the names of some of my deceased relatives – my grandfather and his brother, and also asked me what is “Izdrizovo”. I explained that this was the most cruel prison in Yugoslavia where my uncle – D-r Asen Tatarski was sent into exile, and later sentenced to death.
From this meeting onwards my close friendship with Baba Vanga started, which continued until her death in 1996.
I was visiting her very rarely, as it was impossible to go to Petrich whenever I wanted. I took people to Baba Vanga so they can get a reading, and rarely wanted to hear anything about me. I just felt uncomfortable to waste her time with me, and to use her gift for my own gain. But eventually she told me some very interesting things about me and my relatives, some of which are too private.