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Operation Octopus

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Mon, Feb 22 2010 11041 Views
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In one of the most public investigations against organised crime in Bulgaria, 13 people were arrested on February 10 in what became known as Operation Octopus. Among them was former State Agency for National Security agent Alexei Petrov.

The operation was directed against a group involved in serious economic offences, influence peddling, racketeering, procuring, offering of sexual services for money, money laundering and tax evasion, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said.

In an interview with Dnevnik, he said that the operation would expose how, during the transition period, the "octopus" had spread its tentacles into all echelons of the executive, the legislature and every branch of authority.

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