According to the United Kingdom Crown Prosecution Service, five Bulgarian nationals have been charged under suspicion for spying for the Russian Federation. These three men and two women were charged in February for the possession of false documents such as passports and identity cards from Bulgaria, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, the Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom.
Nick Price, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division made this announcement:
“The CPS has authorised a charge of conspiracy to conduct espionage against three men and two women suspected of spying for Russia.
“Orlin Roussev, 45, Bizer Dzhambazov, 41, Katrin Ivanova, 31, Ivan Stoyanov, 31, and Vanya Gaberova, 29, will be charged with conspiring to collect information intended to be directly or indirectly useful to an enemy for a purpose prejudicial to the safety and interest of the state between 30 August 2020 and 8 February 2023.
“Roussev, Dzhambazov, and Ivanova were previously charged on 11 February 2023 with possession of false identity documents with improper intention under section 4 of the Identity Documents Act 2010.The charges follow an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command. Criminal proceedings against the five individuals are active and they each have the right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.
“The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for a criminal court to consider.”
These suspects are due in court on September 26th at the Westminster Magistrates Office.