Bulgaria District Governors Enter State Security Agents Blacklist

Politics » DOMESTIC | July 13, 2010, Tuesday // 14:35| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Bulgaria District Governors Enter State Security Agents Blacklist Dancho Simeonov, governor of Varna district since 2009, is one of the six current district governor exposed as state security agents. Photo by BGNES

А special panel, investigating Bulgaria's communist-era police files, has exposed twenty eight district governors and deputy district governor, who were in office from 1990 to 2010, as state security agents and collaborators.

The so-called Files Commission said on Tuesday that the blacklist includes six current district governors in Blagoevgrad, Varna, Burgas, Sliven, Russe and the deputy district governor of Pernik.

The probe encompassed 483 persons, who have been appointed to the high-ranking posts since the fall of the communist regime.

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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