Bulgaria Checks MP Hopefuls for Murky Secret Service Past

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Checks MP Hopefuls for Murky Secret Service Past Evtim Kostadinov (R), who heads the body in charge of the state security services files, has vowed to unveil the names of MP and MEP hopefuls with shady past. File photo by Sofia News Agency

A special panel, investigating Bulgaria's communist-era police files, said it will release the names of agents and collaborators, who are running for member of parliament in the upcoming general and European Parliament elections.

"The commission will probe the past of some 4000 candidates for MPs and another 1000 MEP hopefuls," Evtim Kostadinov, who heads the body in charge of the state security services files, announced.

The files of the former Committee for State Security are a thorny issue in Bulgaria, especially when it comes to the past of high-ranking officials.

Bulgaria's communist-era security service is believed to have remained potent after the fall of communism with the ex-operatives closely linked to the political and business establishment.

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#7
NellieotAmerica - 7 Mar 2009 // 22:19:41

At this point Bulgaria is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. And like the man who built the boat said: "She will flounder, she is made of iron, and she will sink, it is a mathematical certainty".

At this point Bulgaria is floundering. And everyday it seems more and more like a mathematical certainty that she will sink.

Just my ten stotinki.

#6
fishbrain - 7 Mar 2009 // 22:14:51

Seems everyone with power or money in Bulgaria has a murky pass, it does not take a great genious to figure this out. Anyone here who has made a nice buck or has risen in some way or another up the power ladder has had to have support from "important " people.

Bulgaria is a small nation and basically almost everyone ruling the nation has some dark secrets and because everyone has some secrets nobody bothers to really find them out. When secrets are found nobody does anything because they all know they could be next.

It took over a week to kick out a paedohile(?) MP from parliament. In almost any other nation having been convicted of such a crime it means you are out of Parliament but not in Bulgaria. A special session had to be taken and voting to kick him out. What does this say?

All you need in Bulgaria to have power or money is a pad on the back from others who have it.

#5
NellieotAmerica - 7 Mar 2009 // 06:13:04

JKS

"I am not sure it will make a difference though. When it came out officially that several of the leaders of the BSP (surprise, surprise!) were informants I thought there would have been a least a little political fallout but there was absolutely none."

You have to have objective and unbiased media to shed light and pursue the issue. Then you have to have someone inside government who has the authority to organize investigations and demand resignations. The Bulgarian parliamentarians don't work, that's a well-known fact. There are no whistle blowers, only collaborators. More's the pity!

#4
NellieotAmerica - 7 Mar 2009 // 06:00:42

DP

"Well, well, well, in my frustration over the recent domination of the forum by certain topic and its ardent debaters (wink, wink)"

Sorry, DP, but I am a woman on a mission. (wink, wink)

#3
CJB - 7 Mar 2009 // 02:01:07

They just want to check that they are all members of the same club... :)

#2
JKS - 6 Mar 2009 // 21:55:34

Light and Truth are always a good thing.

I am not sure it will make a difference though. When it came out officially that several of the leaders of the BSP (surprise, surprise!) were informants I thought there would have been a least a little political fallout but there was absolutely none.

I don't know if it is cynicism, apathy, or a combination of several things but it seems the average voter doesn't care about this issue. I wish they did.

#1
DP - 6 Mar 2009 // 21:28:20

How about that? Would they really shine a light on The Dark Bulgarian Subject of the Dark Past or are they just trying to entertain us with empty promises?

Well, well, well, in my frustration over the recent domination of the forum by certain topic and its ardent debaters (wink, wink) I have morphed into a drama queen hoping to change the subject.... :-(

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