Bulgarian Right Wing Alarms of Communist Services Invasion

Domestic | January 17, 2011, Monday // 13:26|  views

The leader of the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party, Ivan Kostov, wants all people from the Communist secret services to be immediately dismissed from leadership positions in the country. Photo by BGNES

The former Communist State Security (DS) began once again ruling the country, the leader of the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party, Ivan Kostov, warns.

Kostov spoke Monday, during the party's leadership meeting, saying the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party, currently in power, cannot effectively counter the problem.

The right-wing leader stated the only solution standing before Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, is to get rid of those who failed to oppose DS' invasion of the country – Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, and the Director of the Customs Agency, Vanyo Tanov.

According to Kostov, Borisov must launch a true war against people from DS and immediately dismiss them from all leadership positions in the country, adding the former agents and collaborators of the Communist secret services not only want to tumble the cabinet, but have a long-term goal – reinstating Russian influence in the country.

Kostov further hinted of involvement of President, Georgi Parvanov, in the spying scandal raging in the country.

If the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) fulfills their threats of staging a no-confidence vote against the cabinet, DSB will call a national party meeting to decide if they will support the move, the right-wing leader stated.

The scandal was triggered last week by the release of tapes of conversations between the Prime Minister and the Director of the Customs Agency, Vanyo Tanov.

The tapes were published Friday by the Galeria weekly, a paper believed to be the mouthpiece of the former special agent of the State Agency for National Security, DANS, (currently under house arrest), has been investigated on organized crime charges since his detention in the much advertised "Operation Octopus" in February 2010.

The recordings, which authenticity is yet to be proven, allege Borisov provided a cover-up for the owner of the "Ledenika" beer company, Mihail Mihov.

The tapes reveal that Borisov had called Tanov with an order to immediately pull the tax agents out of the factory and that the "Ledenika" boss personally complained to the PM.

In another tape, Tanov can be heart telling his Deputy, Antoniy Strandzhev, to keep the documents secure while he is away.

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