In the news Cold War con­spir­acy

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Way We Were -

The Cold War was still dis­tinctly chilly through­out the 1970s and, in 1978 Lon­don, one of the era’s most no­to­ri­ous in­ci­dents took place. The Bul­gar­ian dis­si­dent writer Ge­orgi Ivanov Markov had de­fected to the west in 1969, where he be­came a caus­tic me­dia com­men­ta­tor of the regime back in his home­land. On 7 Septem­ber 1978, Markov was wait­ing for a bus to the BBC on Water­loo Bridge when he was shot by a gun dis­guised as an um­brella. Four days later, he died of ricin poi­son­ing from the toxic pel­let dis­cov­ered in his leg. It’s widely ac­cepted that he was si­lenced by the Bul­gar­ian se­cret po­lice, with help­ful as­sis­tance from the KGB. And even though a prime sus­pect – co­de­named Pic­cadilly – was iden­ti­fi­fied, no­body was ever brought to jus­tice for his mur­der.

Bul­gar­ian nov­el­ist and play­wright Ge­orgi Ivanov Markov’s out­spo­ken crit­i­cism of the Soviet Union would ul­ti­mately lead to his as­sas­si­na­tion in Lon­don in 1978.

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