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  • Bulgaria expels two Russian diplomats for espionage

    Bulgaria expels two Russian diplomats as part of espionage case. They have been declared persona non grata and must leave the country within 72 hours, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, September 23.

    The Foreign Ministry noted that the Russian Embassy in Bulgaria has been informed of the decision. Earlier, the Bulgarian prosecutor's office said that the Russians, whose names are not provided, have been engaged in espionage in Bulgaria since 2016. They collected information for …

  • Russian opposition leader Navalny and Bulgarian businessman Gebrev poisoned with same substance

    Doctors from the German Hospital Sharite, who are treating the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, contacted Bulgarian colleagues involved in the treatment of businessman Emelian Gebrev, who was poisoned in 2015 in Sofia. According to Der Spiegel, experts suggest that Navalny was exposed to a substance from the same family of organophosphates as Gebrev.

    This family includes insecticides such as E605, as well as nerve toxins such as sarin and the even more potent drug Novichok, developed …

  • Bulgaria to cut Russian gas purchases by half

    Bulgaria, which imports nearly all of the gas it consumes from Russia, intends to obtain 50% of its gas from other sources by the end of the year, said Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova, as cited by the Energy Ministry’s press service.

    “As for natural gas, our country will continue working to diversify our sources and routes for the country,” said the minister. She added that “by the end of the year, 50% of the country’s consumption of natural gas will be diversified”, Interfax …

  • Bulgaria expels two Russian diplomats for espionage

    Bulgaria has notified the Russian Federation that it’s declaring two Russian diplomats persona non grata.

    It is noted that the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry will expel a diplomat of the Russian Embassy and an employee of the Russian trade mission. The relevant notes were handed to the Russian Ambassador in Bulgaria, who was summoned to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry on January 24.

    "Officers will leave the host country within the specified dates," the Russian Embassy in Bulgaria said on Facebook. …

  • Bulgarian prosecutors accuse three Russians of poisoning businessman

    Bulgaria has accused three Russians of poisoning the businessman Emilian Gebrev, as well as his son and a director of his company. The Bulgarian prosecutor’s office published the statement on its official website on Wednesday, January 23.

    The poisoning was reportedly carried out using an “unidentified phosphorus-organic substance” in the spring of 2015. The department has issued a European order for the Russians’ arrest, and placed them on the international wanted list.

    In autumn 2019, a …

  • Bulgaria starts receiving gas through Turkish Stream

    Bulgaria has started receiving Russian gas through the Turkish Stream pipeline. The Bulgarian gas company Bulgargaz reported that on December 30 it signed an agreement with Gazprom Export regarding new fuel deliveries.

    As of January 1, natural gas has been received at Strandzha 2, with the fuel coming from Turkey, instead of at the Isakcha and Negru-Voda intake points in Romania.

    The company estimated that it would save the equivalent of $46.2 million per year thanks to the change of intake …

  • Russia expels Bulgarian diplomat amid spy scandal

    Russia is expelling a Bulgarian diplomat in response to the expulsion of a Russian diplomat, who was accused of spying, from Bulgaria. On December 5, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Bulgarian Ambassador Atanas Krastin received a note stating that Russia declared Bulgarian diplomat persona non grata on a reciprocal basis, and he must leave the Russian Federation within 24 hours.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the employee of the Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow is expelled in …

  • Putin accuses Bulgaria of sabotaging Turkish Stream project

    Bulgaria is deliberately delaying the extension of the Turkish Stream pipeline through its territory, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday.

    “Despite the numerous assurances and requests to the Russian side to supply our gas through Turkey to Bulgaria, we are seeing that the Bulgarian side, as sad and strange as it sounds, is deliberately prolonging the implementation of the project in its territory. I want to …

  • Bulgaria denies visa to Russian diplomat

    Bulgarian authorities refused to issue a visa to a Russian diplomat, who was supposed to take the post of defense attaché at the Russian embassy in Sofia, reports Focus news outlet, citing Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.

    According to RBC news agency, Russian Embassy in Bulgaria also confirmed this information. "We confirm this information, but we don't give any additional comments," said the press attaché of the Russian Embassy.

    Focus also reported that the Russian diplomat, whom the Bulgarian …

  • Russian spies caught in Poland and Bulgaria

    Polish and Bulgarian secret services have exposed Russian spies. The Polish Internal Security Agency detained a Polish citizen, who is suspected of working for the Russian intelligence agencies and possession of illegal weapons.

    According to Polskie Radio, Peter S. was detained on October 24 in Warsaw, and he has been sentenced for three months. During the detention, local security forces conducted searches and found illegal weapons, ammunition, hard drives, and documents. It is noted that …