Opening the files of Bulgaria’s communist-era secret service State Security late was a big mistake in the country’s transition, President Rossen Plevneliev has said.
The head of state was speaking at the second and final day of an international conference in Sofia, “Dealing with the past while looking to the future,” part of the 25 Years Free Bulgaria campaign marking the quarter-century since the liberation of Bulgaria from the yoke of communism. He was accompanied at the conference by the president of Hungary, János Áder.
Plevneliev said that the communist regime in Bulgaria had been uncompromising in eliminating any dissident movement while still in its infancy. Those killed in the first years of the regime numbered about 30 000, he said.
Among the serious mistakes of Bulgaria’s post-communist transition, Plevneliev highlighted the poor handling of the privatisation process and the late opening of the State Security files.
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