London Arrests: Bulgarians Accused of Supplying Intel to Russia


They were arrested last February on suspicion of espionage but the news was only disclosed in the past few hours. Three citizens of Bulgarian nationality, two men and a woman, were arrested six months ago in the United Kingdom because, according to the indictment, they would have jeopardized national security by providing sensitive information to the security services of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

The three, Orlin Roussev, 45, Bizer Dzhambazov, 41, and Katrin Ivanova, 31, had lived in the UK for years and were in possession of fake passports, ID cards and other documents from the UK, Bulgaria, France , Italy, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and the Czech Republic.
This was revealed by the BBC, underlining that since February the three have remained in custody under the Official Secrets Act by the anti-terrorism detectives of the Metropolitan Police, which has responsibility for the national police for espionage.

Roussev, according to what was reconstructed in the investigation, has business relationships in Russia and had moved to the United Kingdom in 2009 and spent three years working in a technical role in financial services. In the London Borough of Harrow, former neighbors described Dzhambazov and Ivanova as a couple. The couple, who moved to the UK about a decade ago, also ran a community organization that provided services to Bulgarians. Dzhambazov was also working as a driver for hospitals while Ivanova was, at least according to her LinkedIn profile, a laboratory assistant for a private health company. The defendants will be tried in January, writes BBC News.

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