UK charges five Bulgarian nationals over espionage for Russia


The Metropolitan Police are investigating five Bulgarian nationals charged with conspiracy over suspected espionage for Russia.

Orlin Roussev, Bizer Dzhambazov, Katrin Ivanova, Ivan Stoyanov, and Vanya Gaberova will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The Bulgarian nationals are accused of conspiring to gather information that would be useful to an enemy between August 2020 and February 2023.

According to BBC, the defendants are alleged to have worked in an operational spy cell for the Russian security services and this work involved conducting surveillance on targets.

They are accused of working on active operations in the United Kingdom and Europe and collecting and passing information to the Russian state.

Mr Roussev, 45, is alleged to have run operations from the UK and acted as the link to those who received the intelligence.

Officers who searched properties in London and Norfolk occupied by three of the defendants – Mr Roussev, Mr…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper