Bulgaria: leader of Rusofili detained on suspicion of espionage
A few executives of the movement have also been summoned for interrogation.
Head of a movement Rusofili Nikolay Malinov has been detained in Bulgaria, reports 24 hours and Bulgarian national radio without reference to sources.
According to 24 hours, the detention is tied to an investigation into espionage. Bulgaria’s Radio Liberty reports that a few executives of the movement and a political expert Zhivko Georgiev have also been summoned for interrogation. Georgiev was asked about investigations he had carried out at the request of foreign organizations, including the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies.
Besides that, a secretary of the movement Yury Borisov is reported to have been detained. Soon after, he was released, but searches were carried out in his house. The investigators seized a computer, a cellphone, flashcards, as well as a folder that comprised scraps from interviews and articles on Rusofili, as well as Mr. Malinov’s book.
The movement Rusofili was founded in March, 2003, in Sofia. The movement’s number one priority is development of cooperation with Russia and support of friendship between the two countries. In May, 2019, President of Russia Vladimir Putin awarded the leader of the movement Nikolay Malinov with Order of Friendship.