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Dimitar Georgiev, State National Security Agency: We have found a memo written in Russian by Nikolay Malinov on the need for geopolitical reorientation of Bulgaria

Dimitar Georgiev, State National Security Agency: We have found a memo written in Russian by Nikolay Malinov on the need for geopolitical reorientation of Bulgaria

11 September 2019 | 13:12 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. In the course of our investigative actions, we have found a memo written in Russian by Nikolay Malinov on the need for geopolitical reorientation of Bulgaria, and information on the so-called Project Bulgaria, Chairman of the State Agency for National Security (SANS) Dimitar Georgiev said during a hearing in Parliament over the ongoing Russian spy scandal, Focus News Agency reported.
"I will briefly present the information about a case involving a crime against the Republic, namely, the placement of a Bulgarian citizen at the service of foreign organisations. As you already know, the Bulgarian citizen in question is Nikolay Malinov, Chair of the Russophiles National Movement,” Georgiev said. During SANS’ investigation into crimes against the country's financial and credit system, a money laundering scheme has been dismantled, he said. The investigators found that the scheme was also used for transferring funds from a Russian citizen, the head of the Double-Headed Eagle Society, interested in Bulgaria’s social and political life. According to the data, activities directly affecting the national security were funded, Georgiev said, adding that the two organisations have publicly declared that they were waging a hybrid war against the West.
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Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov: Nikolay Malinov has been charged with money laundering and funding events that affect national security

Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov: Nikolay Malinov has been charged with money laundering and funding events that affect national security

10 September 2019 | 15:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian citizen Nikolay Malinov has been charged with organising a criminal scheme for money laundering and funding activities that affect Bulgaria’s national security, Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov told a press briefing, Focus News Agency reported.
In the course of a crime investigation, the law enforcers established a money laundering scheme. Further investigation by the State Agency for Natural Security found that this scheme was also used for transfer of funds from heads of foreign organisations with interests in the political life of the country and the activities of its public authorities. Events had been financed, which directly affected Bulgaria’s national security and attempted to exert influence also with regard to its foreign policy, the chief prosecutor told the briefing.
“The collected evidence revealed direct involvement of a Bulgarian citizen, both in the financing scheme and in the activities on Bulgarian territory, serving the above interests, including through disclosure of protected confidential information. That Bulgarian citizen was Nikolai Malinov. Today Nikolay Malinov has been charged for a crime under Art. 105, para. 1 of the Bulgarian Penal Code,” Tsatsarov said.
The Prosecutor's Office has set a bail at BGN 50,000. Malinov has now been released from custody and has been banned from leaving the country, the prosecutor general added.


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