Bulgaria's Counter-Intelligence Heads Exposed as Communist Security Agents

Politics » DOMESTIC | May 14, 2010, Friday // 18:16
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Counter-Intelligence Heads Exposed as Communist Security Agents Ivan Drashkov was not available for comment. Photo by BGNES

А special panel, investigating Bulgaria's communist-era police files, has exposed two former heads of the country's counter-intelligence as state security agents and collaborators.

The so-called Files Commission issued on Friday its seventh list of state security agents and collaborators, who held top posts in Bulgaria's Interior Ministry in the period from 1990-2010. It features 131 names, taking the total exposed since March 2010 to 534.

“Yes, I was part of the State Security, but was one of the few, who submitted his resignation after the one-year preparatory period expired. After that I was transfered to the Psychology Institute with the Interior Ministry, where I continued my career,” Ivan Chobanov commented for Dnevnik Daily.

Ivan Drashkov was not available for comment.

The blacklist of former state security agents and collaborators already features Socialist President Georgi Parvanov, MPs, former constitutional judges, supreme magistrates, investigators, members of parliament, prominent and well-known former and current Bulgarian journalists.

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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