Bulgaria Names New Military Attaches to Ukraine, US

Defense | February 8, 2011, Tuesday // 12:20|  views

Bulgaria’s Defense Minister, Anyu Angelov, is a former military attach? to London. Photo by BGNES

Dincho Karamunchev and Stefan Yanev will be Bulgaria's new military attaches to the Ukraine and the US, the Defense Ministry announced Tuesday.

They receive their appointment after the recall of Volodya Tsvetanov and Valentin Tsankov over recent revelations that the two have been agents of the former Communist State Security (DS).

The decision for the change had been approved by the Defense Council.

Dincho Karamunchev's last appointment was Head of the NATO Headquarters in Tirane where he received on order for his services from the US President. He had also served as military attache in Paris.

The new military attache to the US, Stefan Yanev was, until know, Director of the "Defense Policy" Directorate at the Ministry.

Bulgaria's Files Commission, a special panel investigating the Communist-era secret services files, announced on January 26 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, 40 of them still work at the Ministry, but according to the Ministry itself, only 12 remain there.

Volodya Tsvetanov is the brother of former Interior Minister and now Member of the Parliament from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Rumen Petkov. He has been recruited in 1984 and worked for DS under the alias Mercury.

Tsankov, who had also served as military attach? in London, had been recruited in 1982.

It is expected that more names would pop-up after the Commission concludes the probe of the Military Information Services and the National Intelligence Services.

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Tags: Valentin Tsankov, Volodya Tsvetanov, Stefan Yanev, Dincho Karamunchev, Defense Ministry, Anyu Angelov, military attaches, collaborators, agents, State Security, DS, Files Commission


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