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Bulgaria Customs Head Exposed as Communist Security Agent

Date: 07.04.2010

А special panel, investigating Bulgaria's communist-era police files, has exposed the Head of the Bulgarian Customs Agency, Vanio Tanov, as a State Security agent.

Tanov had worked for the Communist State Security until 1982 under the alias Gergov.

The check of the Interior Ministry is the third one to be published and has covered people, whose name begins with the letter V and who are occupying the top posts in the Institution - chief secretaries, general directors, deputy general directors, directors, etc.

A total of 6 219 Interior employees are going to be checked.

With the third list, published Tuesday, the number of former State Security agents and collaborators at the Interior has reached 638.

Major-General Vanyo Mitkov Tanov is a former head of the National Service for Combating Organized Crime. Tanov has specialized at the Secret Service in Washington, DC, and in the Netherlands.

On August 6, 2009, the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) cabinet of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov appointed Vanyo Tanov as the new Director of the Customs Agency.

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