Bul­garia ex­am­ines 2015 poi­son case

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

SOFIA, Bul­garia — Bul­garia plans to in­ves­ti­gate re­ports that a third sus­pect in the nerve agent poi­son­ing of a Rus­sian ex-spy in Eng­land al­legedly was in­volved in a 2015 poi­son­ing in Bul­garia, a Bul­gar­ian party of­fi­cial said Sun­day.

Tsve­tan Tsve­tanov of the rul­ing Cit­i­zens for Euro­pean De­vel­op­ment of Bul­garia party said the probe was be­ing coordinated with for­eign part­ners.

“I am cer­tain that the nec­es­sary co­or­di­na­tion has al­ready been set up be­tween the Bul­gar­ian, Bri­tish and Euro­pean au­thor­i­ties on the case and they are work­ing ac­tively on it,” Tsve­tanov said.

In­ves­tiga­tive group Belling­cat has re­ported an al­leged Rus­sian mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence agent ar­rived in Bul­garia in April 2015, a few days be­fore Bul­gar­ian busi­ness­man Emil­ian Ge­brev was poi­soned by an uniden­ti­fied sub­stance. Ge­brev, an arms in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tive, sur­vived.

Belling­cat said on its web­site the 45-year-old Rus­sian agent trav­eled un­der the alias Sergei Vy­ach­eslavovich Fe­do­tov.

Belling­cat said Fe­do­tov also was sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in the Novi­chok nerve-agent poi­son­ing of Rus­sian ex-spy Sergei Skri­pal and his daugh­ter, Yu­lia, in the English city of Sal­is­bury. He ar­rived in Bri­tain two days be­fore the March 2018 at­tack.

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