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About the authorBooksGeorgi Markov`s casePiccadilly fileThe archives of the SSSContacts
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The Double Life of Agent Piccadilly. The file of the only agent suspected of the murder of the writer, Georgi Markov and the key archive of the First Main Directorate of the SSS

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The book also investigates the dramatic diplomatic efforts of the United Kingdom and Denmark in 1993 (Francesco Gullino is a Danish citizen) to obtain the most important documents from the “Piccadilly” file, in order to charge him with espionage in Denmark and for him to be extradited to the UK for the purposes of the Markov murder investigation.

Despite the promises made by President Zhelio Zhelev to cooperate in the international investigation, Bulgaria refused to provide the documents.

The author analyses Bulgarian and British politics with regard to the case after the end of the Zhivkov regime in 1989. He reveals the lack of political will amongst the Bulgarian political elite for the case to be resolved by taking the political decision to present specific documents from the intelligence archives to the British investigators.

The author has also discovered in the archives a hitherto unknown secret decision of the Politburo from 1973 permitting the intelligence services to use murder (serious operations) against physical persons whose activities could be determined as active and hostile to the regime. Last but not least the author stresses the influence which the KGB had over the Bulgarian Security Services. He gained access to exceptionally valuable top secret documents bearing the signatures of the chairmen of the KGB, Vladimir Semichastni and Iuri Andropov, setting out cooperation with the Bulgarian SSS with regard to the organization and perpetration of special operations.

The author provides proof of the “wet operations” employed by the Zhivkov regime to deal with political émigrés with his study of the 1974 operation by the Bulgarian SSS against Boris Arsov, the leader of an émigré organization in Denmark, only for years before Markov’s murder. Arsov’s operational file, which in contrast to the Markov’s file, was not destroyed, contained a written plan for the physical liquidation of the émigré, as well as detailed instructions on how the assassination was to be carried out.

Shocking documentary revelations are provided in the story of the destruction of the Georgi Markov files in January 1990 against the backdrop of panicked operations by the Bulgarian Communist Party aimed at purging all the secret archives before losing power.

The book should not be considered only as the Bulgarian viewpoint on the matter. The author has carefully analysed British state policy with regard to the Markov murder. He also studied the declassified materials from the Foreign Office archives, other British diplomatic documents and also documents from Scotland Yard. The British position is also backed-up by interviews with the most important figures related to the case – William Waldergrave, former First Deputy Foreign Minister, Richard Thomas, former British Ambassador to Sofia, MEP Lord Nicholas Bethel, Rufus Crompton, the pathologist who carried out Markov’s autopsy. The book also reveals attempts by the USA in the beginning of the 1990’s to cast light on Georgi Markov’s murder.

The book provides the fullest documentary panorama of the communist regime in Bulgaria which in 2004 became a member of NATO and in 2007 a member of the EU. However, before the changes Bulgaria was best known as the most loyal satellite of the USSR. Despite the new international orientation of the country, Bulgarian political and public life continues to be in a relationship of dependence on secret power State Security and its agents within state and public structures (Bulgaria is the only country in the former Eastern Bloc where the intelligence files have not been opened). The stubborn refusal of the state to reveal the truth of Georgi Markov’s murder is the clearest confirmation of this. The continuing problem with access to the archives of the former Bulgarian SSS is the other serious obstacle which the author had to contend with. During the process of writing the book, he had to conduct a long and difficult court battle against a number of Bulgarian state institutions.

In 2004, the author won a court battle against the Minister of the Interior, Georgi Petkanov, in the Supreme Administrative Court for his refusal to grant access to documents relating to the writer.

In 2006 the courts also sanctioned the director of the National Intelligence Services, General Kircho Kirov for refusing to grant access to the author to key materials from the archives of the Bulgarian Intelligence Services related to the Markov murder, including the Piccadilly archives.

The book’s appearance in Bulgaria in 2005 was accompanied by enormous interest and success and caused wide public discussions. The book was reprinted in 2006 and many of its revelations were published by Reuters, Association Press, France Press, the British Sunday Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and a number of newspapers in the USA, Italy, Denmark and other countries.

The book was translated by David Mossop, a professional British linguist and translator from Bulgarian and Russian.