UK: 5 Bulgarians arrested accused of spying for Russia

UK: 5 Bulgarians arrested accused of spying for Russia

Five Bulgarians arrested on spying charges.

Five Bulgarian nationals stand accused of conspiring to gather information which would be useful to an enemy, namely Russia, between August 2020 and February 2023.

The five, named as Orlin Roussev, Bizer Dzhambazov, Katrin Ivanova, Ivan Stoyanov, and Vanya Gaberova, are to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The Bulgarians arrested are alleged to have worked in an operational spy cell for the Russian security services and that this work involved conducting surveillance on targets in the UK and Europe, and collecting and passing information to the Russian state.

Mr Roussev, 45, who reportedly has a history of business dealings in Russia, is alleged to have run the operations from the UK and to have passed information directly to Russia.
According to the BBC, officers who searched properties in London and Norfolk occupied by three of the defendants – Mr Roussev, Mr Dzhambazov, 41, and Ms Ivanova, 31 – found allegedly fake passport and official identity documents for the UK, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, and the Czech Republic.

Some of the documents contained photographs of Mr Roussev and Mr Dzhambazov. It is alleged Mr Roussev made forgeries himself.

The group are also accused of organising a surveillance operation in Montenegro which involved the creation of fake identification cards for journalists, including one in the image of Ms Ivanova.

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