Bulgaria Exposes Former Secret Police Collaborators among Journalists

Society | October 8, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00

A special panel, investigating Bulgaria's communist-era police files, released on Wednesday the names of agents and collaborators of the former secret police, who have worked in the media.

According to the information published on the website of the so called Files Commission, 15 journalists have been secret agents of the former communist regime.

The names include members of the Electronic Media Union, namely Borislav Shabanski, Vesselin Stoykov, Lyudmil Stoykov, Milen Valkov and Mihail Barzanov.

Among the former secret police collaborators are also some reporters, who worked for the Bulgarian News Agency - Andrey Kozhuharov, Atanas Matev, Boyan Traykov, Ivo Indzhev, Krassimir Drumev and Nencho Hranov.

The identity of the other four secret services collaborators among journalists could not be published, the official announcement reads.

The Files Commission was set up in April, 2007, as part of Bulgaria's long overdue efforts to finally face up to its totalitarian past and disclose who did what for the secret police under communism.

At the beginning of September last year the special panel released the names of 138 agents and collaborators to the secret services, who have been members of Bulgaria's parliaments since the collapse of the communist regime in 1989. Also on the list were the names of President Georgi Parvanov and 19 current members of parliament.

Bulgaria's Socialist President Georgi Parvanov was exposed as state security collaborator for the first time at the end of July, six out of 218 runners in Bulgaria's first MEP elections were earlier revealed to have murky past, along with three former constitutional judges and fifteen supreme magistrates and investigators.

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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