Historic Bulgarian Police Records Moved to National Archives

Society | August 13, 2010, Friday // 13:46|  views

Former top secret Bulgarian police files from 1923 until 1944 are now going to be accessible to the public because they were moved from the Interior Ministry to the Archives. Photo by BGNES

The leaderships of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry and of the State agency “Archives” announce Friday the final stage of the transfer of police records to the agency.

The announcement will be made during an official press conference with Deputy Interior Minster, Veselin Vuchkov, and the Head of the Archives, Prof. Georgi Bakalov.

The police files date from 1923 to September 9, 1944 (the date when Communists took power). The transfer was mandated by an act passed in 2006, aiming at making these records, which have been top secret during the Communist regime and had limited access in the years of transition after 1989, easily available to the public.

The act postulated a 3-month deadline for the transfer to be made, but two Interior Ministers from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) – Rumen Petkov and Mihail Mikov failed to fulfill it.

With the new police leadership, headed by Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, from the center-right GERB party, the work on the transfer began in April 2010 with the signing of a memorandum on it, making Tsvetanov responsible for the speedy compliance with the law.

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Tags: police files, police records, top secret, communist regime, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Mihail Mikov, Rumen Petkov, Interior Minister, interior ministry, archives


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