Bulgarian Defense Ministry 3rd by Number of Communist Agents

Society | January 26, 2011, Wednesday // 18:01|  views

Defense Minister, Anyu Angelov, vows to recall all military attaches, who are proven to have had ties with the former Communist State Security. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Files Commission announced Wednesday the names of 149 high-ranking employees of the Defense Ministry, who have been agents or collaborators of the former Communist State Security (DS).

According to the Commission, a special panel investigating the Communist-era secret services files, 40 of them still work at the Ministry, but according to the Ministry itself, only 12 remain there.

A total of 928 individuals have been checked – Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs of the now former Army Main Headquarters, Chief Secretaries, Directors General, and Departments Heads, among others

Defense Minister, Anyu Angelov, said at a special press conference a decision what to do with the 12 is forthcoming and it would be common for all, regardless of their contributions.

Angelov, himself a former military attache in London, stated all attaches, who have ties with DS will be recalled.

The latter are employees of the Bulgarian military intelligence and their names are yet to be announced by the Files Commission since the probe there is still ongoing.

However, Volodya Tsvetanov, brother of former Interior Minister and now Member of the Parliament from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Rumen Petkov, would have to part with the job of military attache in the Ukraine.

Tsvetanov, who works at the Defense Ministry, recently won a job competition for the post. He was a DS agent with the alias Mercury.

The latest Files Commission list ranks the Defense Ministry third among the institutions with the highest number of former DS agents. The Interior Ministry is first, followed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Angelov says, in the future, all applicants for Department Heads and other high-ranking defense positions will have to sign a written agreement to be checked by the Files Commission.

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Tags: Files Commission, DS, State Security, agents, collaborators, military attaches, Anyu Angelov, Defense Ministry


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