On 10th September, Rferl reported that Nikolai Malinov, a former parliamentary deputy from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) who now heads a pro-Russian NGO, has been formally charged with spying and laundering money for Russian organisations. In a connected move, authorities have also imposed a 10-year ban on the entry into Bulgaria by Leonid Reshetnikov, a former Soviet and Russian Foreign Intelligence Service agent who retired in 2009 from Russia’s secret services as a lieutenant-general. The money laundering charges are related to funds sent directly to Malinov and that were allegedly funnelled through the pro-Russian NGO that he heads, National Movement Russophiles.
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