Bulgarian Arrested in Romania over Alleged Spying for Russia

Crime | March 3, 2009, Tuesday // 00:00
Bulgarian Arrested in Romania over Alleged Spying for Russia: Bulgarian Arrested in Romania over Alleged Spying for Russia A Romanian military officer, and an alleged Bulgarian national, have been arrested in Bucharest Monday on charges of treason and espionage. Photo by BGNES

Peter Zikulov, a Bulgarian national, and Floricel Achim, a Romanian military officer, have been arrested in Bucharest Monday on charges of espionage and treason respectively, the Bulgarian information agency BTA reported, cited by Darik radio.

The Bulgarian National radio (BNR) reported that Zikulov, who had a consulting company in the Romanian capital, has been accused of leaking military secrets to a third country that was not an EU and NATO member.

The spokesperson of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, Dragovest Draganov, confirmed that Zikulov wasn't in any way a representative of the Bulgarian State, but a private individual.

According to Romania's Cotidianul daily, the two were supplying top secret documents to a Russian representative for which they were paid significant amounts of money. Some Romanian media list the name of the alleged Bulgarian spy as Marinov Zikolov.

The Bulgarian Embassy in Romania stated that they were making all possible efforts to clarify the case and provide legal protection for Zikulov.

The Romanians have officially declared that the accusations were not against Bulgaria and Zikulov's actions had nothing to do with his native country.

Romanian authorities, including prosecutors, intelligence officers, army and police officers, have begun a mass investigation into the case. Local media write that this has been a major national security breach.

Both Zikulov and Achim have been detained with a Prosecutor's order and will spend 29 days behind bar, the maximum in Romania, over charges of international espionage.

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