Vasil Angelov Petleshkov remains a prominent figure in Bulgarian history, recognized as a revolutionary leader during the April Uprising in Bratsigovo. Born on January 14, 1845, in Bratsigovo, which was then part of the Ottoman Empire, Petleshkov played a pivotal role in the uprising’s activities.
In the early months of 1876, he assumed the role of chairman within the local revolutionary committee, an organization initially founded by Georgi Benkovski. However, following the defeat of the April Uprising, local peasants surrendered Petleshkov to Ottoman forces.
His subsequent treatment was harrowing: subjected to brutal torture and interrogation, he faced unimaginable suffering. Ultimately, Petleshkov met a tragic end on the outskirts of Bratsigovo while being transported for interrogation in Plovdiv. His unwavering dedication to the cause of Bulgarian independence remains a testament to his courage and commitment in the face of adversity.