Bulgaria’s Parliament has approved a law to open Cold War files and provide details of its infamous secret police, the Darjavna Sigurnest. The move, which comes just weeks before Bulgaria is due to join the European Union, could unmask former agents and reveal details of secret plots.
One such plot is the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II who was shot in St. Peter’s Square in Rome in 1981. The gunman was Turkish, but the planning was all Bulgarian, it is alleged. Pope John Paul II later visited the gunman, Ali Agca, in prison and forgave him.
Another mystery is the shadowy figure of Oleg Kalujian, a KGB General who was based in London. He is believed to have ordered the assassination of Gorgi Markov, a Bulgarian dissident, at a London bus stop in 1978. The mysteries do not end there. Many of the former spies are still active, according to a former Secret Police Member. Last month the archivist of the secret files was found dead, apparently a suicide.