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Pro-Russian politician in Bulgaria arrested for revealing state secrets – Euractiv

Zlatomir Diovlensky, the local leader of the National Russophile Movement in Plovdiv, has been arrested on charges of revealing state secrets in another case related to the movement, whose national leader has been on trial for espionage for Russia since 2022.

Arrested by prosecutors and the State National Security Agency (SANS) along with a former SANS agent on Monday, they were charged and released on bail the following Tuesday. Both were banned from leaving the country while the investigation continues.

Diovlensky was taken by counterintelligence officers to the BSP headquarters in Plovdiv, which is also used by the Russophile Movement, confirmed Ivan Petkov, an MP from another pro-Russian party, the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

The 33-year-old “Russophile” – also a postgraduate student at Astrakhan State University in Russia – worked as an expert in the “coordination and projects” department of the nearby Rhodope city of Plovdiv, where a former SANS operative also worked.

Diovlenski, who also ran for the Bulgarian Socialist Party in the April 2021 elections, was charged with incitement, while a former SANS agent was charged with perpetration, said Galin Gavrailov, deputy prosecutor in Plovdiv.

“The arrest was carried out in a brutal manner, by breaking down the door of his apartment in Plovdiv at 5:30 a.m.,” said BSP MP Ivan Petkov, who is close to the arrested man’s family.

Nikolai Malinov, the leader of the Russophile Movement, who is also subject to sanctions under the US Magnitsky Act, has been on trial since 2022 on charges of espionage for Russia.

(Krassen Nikolov | Euractiv.bg)

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