Bulgaria’s Dossier Commission unmasks former communist spies among trade union confederation

Eight people who had occupied leadership positions in the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria (CITUB) had worked for the country’s communist-era secret services, the Dossier Commission said on July 4 2012.

The commission, empowered by act of Parliament to examine State Security records and publicly identify people who were agents and collaborators with the communist spy service, said that it had checked 419 people at CITUB.

It named eight people as having been involved with State Security: Velichkov Stoichev (code name Alada), Vladimir Hristov (Lotos), Dimitar Tsekov (agent Dora), Ivan Dapchev (agent Alexandrov), Konstantin Pashev (agent Stefan – and also agent Stefan II), Marin Marinov ( Bor), Minka Tsaneva (Yug, meaning “south”) and Hristo Hristov (agent Kaloyan).

All had occupied leadership positions at CITUB. They included trade unionists from the water supply, tobacco and bank sector unions.

Formed in February 1990, CITUB includes 35 federations, trade unions and associations, by its own description.

(Photo: Christa Richert/ sxc.hu)



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