Twelve Bulgarian MEP Candidates Were DS Agents
Twelve people running at May 25 European elections were part of Bulgaria's Communist-era State Security (DS), the Files Committee has announced.
A total of 173 candidates have been investigated, according to the Committee's website. Other 145 have not been liable to inspection, as they were born after July 16 1973 and their affiliation cannot be explored under the current files legislation.
Former DS collaborators are most numerous among candidates of the Bulgarian Communist Party, but its chances for winning a seat are described as close to zero, according to polls.
The ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has one candidate, Evgeni Kirilov, who is also a current MEP. Among other parties with outlook to win more support at the vote, ex-journalist Nikolay Barekov's Bulgaria without Censorship, President (2002-2011) Georgi Parvanov's ABV and far-right Ataka will also be seeking to send a former DS agent to the European Parliament.
A nationalist party, the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria (NFSB), shows a strong presence, with three of its potential MEPs having served in the ranks of the DS.
Some names were already known to the Bulgarian public as DS cadres from previous releases of the Committee.
Bulgaria's Files Committee's list, as published on the website, includes:
Evgeni Zahariev Kirilov - BSP
Stanislav Todorov Stanilov - Ataka
Krasimir Donchev Karakachanov - Bulgaria Without Censorship, VMRO
Nikolay Georgiev Tomov - ABV
Anna Maria Lyudmilova Gyuzeleva - NFSB
Lyubomir Aleksandrov Zhelev - NFSB
Velizar Petkov Enchev - NFSB
Boyan Borisov Kirov - Political Party of Bulgarian Left
Vasil Petrov Kolarov - Bulgarian Communist Party
Nako Raynov Stefanov - Bulgarian Communist Party
Penyu Paychen Kostadinov - Bulgarian Communist Party
Timur Genov Glozhenski - Bulgarian Communist Party
The Files Committee discloses documents and declares affiliation of Bulgarian citizens to the State Security and the intelligence services of the Bulgarian National Army.
In Bulgaria, as in other former Soviet-bloc states, the state security apparatus and the presence of its members in government after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s has been an issue of heated discussions. Unlike in some other countries, however, Bulgarian authorities have not place a ban for ex-DS cadres to run for public offices.
The staunchest critics against a potential prohibition argue that many have been forced to step into relations with the DS, some of them even on threat to their or their families' lives, and for many collaboration was therefore not a result of free will.
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Interesting - you headline 13 prospective MEP candidates who "were DS agents", and list only 11. Also, unlike one of your English-language competitors, who leads with 12 named agents, you seem to have missed (follow your link to the original document: Р Е Ш Е Н И Е № 2-343/ 09.05.2014 г.) the fact that one of those listed seems to have been doubly-entered into the official list.
Where's the truth behind this seemingly simple story of current interest? 11, 12, 0r 13? I see that news aggregators are already spreading the (erroneous?) word?
I stand to be corrected…