Bulgaria Checks MP Hopefuls for Murky Past

resizer34A special panel investigating Bulgaria’s communist-era police files said it will release the names of agents and collaborators who are running for a parliamentary seat in the upcoming general and European Parliament elections.

“The commission will probe the past of some 4000 candidates for MPs and another 1000 MEP hopefuls,” Evtim Kostadinov, who heads the body in charge of the state security services files, announced. 

The files of the former Committee for State Security are a thorny issue in Bulgaria, especially when it comes to the past of high-ranking officials.

Bulgaria’s communist-era security service is believed to have remained powerful after the fall of communism with the ex-operatives closely linked to the political and business establishment.

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