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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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Chapter 7

Ideological Contamination
The chapter sets out the ideological predisposition of the Zhivkov regime to any critics of the government. This is based in the policy copied from Moscow of total control over dissidents and their suffocation by the special forces. The chapter also traces the decisions of the party leadership of the Soviet communist party and the BCP in the are of ideology and propagation of hatred towards the West and the use of art and artists to impose party politics in all spheres of society.

Chapter 8

Sword and Shield
This chapter is dedicated to the repressive apparatus of the Ministry of the Interior which the Zhivkov regime used to wage its campaigns against the émigrés abroad.
Part 1: Sword and Shield
The role of the Ministry of the Interior in the implementation of the repressive policies of the BCP against Bulgarian émigrés. The aims, objectives and methods of the various directorates of the Bulgarian State Security Service in combating “enemies” abroad.

Part 2: The plan for the assassination of Boris Arsov
In 1974 the Bulgaria State Security Service tried to kill the Bulgarian émigré, Boris Arsov, then living in Denmark. After failing he was kidnapped and smuggled back to Bulgaria where he was put on trial. He was killed in prison after refusing to cooperate. The secret file of the operation carried out four years before the assassination of Georgi Markov discovered in the archives showed that the BSS used murder as a method of dealing with Bulgarian émigrés.

Chapter 9

Shock tactics
This chapter traces the policy of state sponsored terrorism conducted by Zhivkov and the BCP towards critics of the communist government abroad.

Part 1: Soviet Style Intelligence
This part investigates the creation and development of Bulgarian intelligence during the Zhivkov regime and its total dependency on the KGB.

Part 2: Serious Operations
In 1973 the Politburo of the Central Committee of the BCP issues a secret resolution legitimizing the use of murder, kidnapping and sabotage (“Acute Operations”) on the territory of capitalist countries and the Third World. This decision was discovered by the author in the Politburo archive and was unknown before the publication of this book.
Part 3: The Trojan Horse in Helsinki
This part sets out the significance and influence of the Helsinki summit meeting in 1975 on the societies and intelligentsia in the countries of the socialist camp. The obligation to observe the basic human rights as set out in the Helsinki agreement leads to the creation Helsinki committees in the East. The KGB realizes that it has made a political mistake which will give an opportunity to dissidents to make their voices heard.
Part 4: The Heavy Artillery
In the year of the Helsinki Agreement, Georgi Markov has already achieved his first major literary success at the Edinburgh festival, where his play won first prize. During the same year he married the writer and journalist, Anabel Markova. In the autumn of 1975 radio “Free Europe” begins to broadcast his “Distant reports from Bulgaria”. They were a most profound analysis of the communist system in Bulgaria and the most serious blow against the Zhivkov government. In the secret documents of the BSS, Markov is defined as the “Heavy Artillery” of the ideological diversion and a potential ideologist who might form a focal point for resistance amongst the intelligentsia.

Part 5: “Wanderer” in the First Main Directorate
This part traces the development of intelligence dossier against Markov and the reasons for and the decision to liquidate him, in the context of the social and political situation in the country and abroad.