Bulgaria’s Dossier Commission names BCCI management members who worked for communist-era State Security

Bulgaria’s Dossier Commission, the body empowered by law to investigate and name people who worked with the country’s communist-era State Security and military intelligence, has identified 22 management figures at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry that it says were former agents and collaborators.

The commission checked 114 people at the BCCI and identified 14 as having been State Security agents or collaborators.

According to the commission, these include the current BBCI president, Tsvetan Simeonov, and vice president, Georgi Stoev. Also named was former BCCI president Bozhidar Bozhinov.

The commission named management members or former members Anna Marinova-Sendova, born 1951 and recruited in 1978 (“agent Kalina”); Asparouh Karastoyanov, born 1951 and recruited in 1977 (“agent Maximov”); Dimitar Pampoulov, born in 1942 and recruited in 1964 (“agent Mihail”); Dimitar Koev, born in 1945 and recruited in 1987 (“agent Lazar”); Ivan Morov, born in 1965 and recruited in 1987 (“agent Emil”); Ivan Raikov, born in 1954 and recruited in 1987 (“agent Konstantin”); Kiril Iliev, born 1947 and recruited in 1986 (“agent Mak”); Kolyo Kolev, born 1951 and recruited in 1987 (“agent Lyudmil”).

Others named included Hristo Grigorov, born in 1944 and recruited in 1980, a collaborator named Elenov, according to the commission, and named in a Mediapool report as the same Grigorov who heads the Bulgarian Red Cross.

A name identified in a previous announcement by the Dossier Commission of former State Security agents is that of Hristo Droumev, former head of the National Palace of Culture. An agent and a collaborator, his code names were Draganov and Boril.

Others named were the former mayor of Dobrich, Luchezar Rossenov; and Radostin Genov, head of the association of duty-free traders; and previously identified, former deputy foreign minister Konstantin Glavanakov.



The Sofia Globe staff

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