16 at Bulgarian Social Agency Exposed for Communist Security Ties

Society | February 9, 2011, Wednesday // 15:01| Views: | Comments: 0
16 at Bulgarian Social Agency Exposed as Communist Security Collaborators: 16 at Bulgarian Social Agency Exposed for Communist Security Ties The centralized archive for Communist-era files was officially opened on Tuesday. Photo by BGNES

A total of sixteen individuals holding high-ranking positions at Bulgaria's Social Services Agency were exposed Tuesday as collaborators and agents of the former Communist State Security (DS).

Bulgaria's Files Commission, a special panel investigating the Communist era secret files, announced they have checked 1 260 people, including directors, deputy directors, and department heads. 71 were not checked since they are born after 1973.

The 16 include the Agency's CEO from 2003 to 2006, Nikolay Angelov, the former Director of the Agency's Financial Activities and Property Management Directorate (2003 – 2007), Georgi Hristov, and the former Department Heads in the towns of Razlog, Banite, Gramada, Bregovo, and the cities of Blagoevgrad, Razgrad and Kardzhali.

The current Department Heads in Kardzhali and the town of Ardino, Tsvetomir Hadzhiev, and Kemal Faik, the Head of the Social Services in the city of Stara Zgora, Valentina Bocheva, and the Head of the "Child Protection" Directorate in the town of Balchik, Erdzhan Turgut, have also been exposed as DS agents.

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