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US, UK sanction Bulgarian politicians

Some with links to pro-Russian parties

11 February, 12:08
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 11 - The United States and the United Kingdom have imposed coordinated sanctions on a number of Bulgarian politicians for corruption, with several of them aligned with pro-Russian parties, according to the portal Balkan Insight. Several high-profile Bulgarian politicians were sanctioned on Friday by the Global Magnitsky Act, the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the British government. According to the portal, among those designated by the US are GERB member Vladislav Goranov, Finance Minister in 2017-2020 in Boyko Borissov's third cabinet, Russophile Movement party leader Nickolay Malinov, who in 2019 was charged with espionage, Bulgarian Socialist Party members 2017-2019 MP Ivan Kirov and Rumen Ovcharov, Minister of Economy and Energy from 2005 to 2007, and Alexander Nikolov, former general director of Bulgaria's sole nuclear power plant Kozloduy. The Bulgarian Socialist Party, the successor to the former ruling Communist Party, has traditionally supported Russia. (ANSA).

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