Bulgarian Caretaker PM Accused of Being Military Spy

Diplomacy | March 20, 2013, Wednesday // 14:46|  views

Popular Bulgarian journalist and former Ambassador to Croatia, Velizar Enchev. Photo by temadaily

Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, has been a secret collaborator of the Defense Ministry's intelligence unit, known as RUMNO.

The claim was made Wednesday by popular Bulgarian journalist and former Ambassador to Croatia, Velizar Enchev, who had also worked for 10 years (1986 – 1996) as an officer of the National Intelligence Agency.

"Everyone in the Balkans Department of the Foreign Ministry before and after the fall of the Communist regime knew Raykov worked for RUMNO," Enchev says.

According to him, the caretaker PM's intelligence record has been concealed by former PM, Ivan Kostov.

Enchev further accused Raykov of defending the so-called revival process at a UNESCO sitting in Paris in 1988, one year before the fall of the Communist regime. The regime masterminded the revival process which was a campaign for forcefully changing the names of Bulgarian Muslims with Christian ones.

Enchev also informed that as Ambassador of Bulgaria to France Raykov had violated the diplomats work code by organizing meetings in the French Parliament for President, Rosen Plevneliev, at the time he was still running for office, while denying the same favor to other presidential candidates.

Enchev insist he has witnesses that would back everything he had reported.

In 2009, the journalist and diplomat published his book "I Was a Spy," a sort of self-confession where he also voiced outrage from the fact his work for the Bulgarian intelligence on the Balkans is being considered the same as the work of agents of the Communist State Security, DS.

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Tags: State Security, Balkans, National Intelligence Agency, Ivan Kostov, Rosen Plevneliev, France, Revival Process, communist regime, RUMNO, Defense Ministry intelligence unit, Marin Raykov, spy, Velizar Enchev, Croatia, ambassador, journalist


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