Bulgaria Conservatives Feel Targeted through Arrest of Ex Secret Agent

Domestic | February 11, 2010, Thursday // 09:25|  views

MP Atanas Semov claims his party RZS is the target of Aleksei Petrov's arrest. Photo by BGNES

Representatives of the Bulgarian conservative party “Order, Law, Justice” (RZS) feel that it has been targeted by the Borisov government through the arrest of ex secret agent Aleksei Petrov.

On Thursday Atanas Semov, a Member of Parliament from the RZS party, has criticized the arrest of Aleksei Petrov who was busted Wednesday in the special police operation codenamed “Octopus” as the ringleader of an organized crime group.

“This is clearly an attempt to discredit the RZS party. The government of Boyko Borisov must answer two questions – why it is having this special operation now, and why it is targeting the only real opposition at the moment in the face of Aleksei Petrov,” Semov stated.

Aleksei Petrov is known to be close to the RZS party. With its 10 MPs, RZS initially supposed the Borisov government. However, it lost its right to have a Parliamentary Group in December 2009 as one of its MPs, Mario Tagarinski, left the party. This led the RZS leader Yane Yanev to accuse the Prime Minister and his party GERB of sabotaging the conservative party.

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Tags: RZS, Atanas Semov, Aleksei Petrov, Yane Yanev, opposition, conservative, Octopus, arrest


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