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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.