Russia expels Bulgarian diplomat in spy affair

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov shake hands after a joint news conference following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia May 30, 2018. (Reuters/ File Photo)
Updated 05 December 2019

Russia expels Bulgarian diplomat in spy affair

  • The Russian ambassador was told at the time that the diplomat in question has 24 hours to leave the country
  • The foreign ministry in Russia said Krastin had been handed a note informing him that an employee of the mission was declared “persona non grata.”

MOSCOW: Russia said Thursday it was expelling a Bulgarian diplomat in a tit-for-tat move after Sofia asked a Russian diplomat to leave the country over suspicions of espionage.
The Russian foreign ministry said the Bulgarian ambassador in Moscow, Atanas Krastin, had been handed a note informing him that an employee of the mission was declared “persona non grata.”
“The step is a retaliatory measure in response to a decision by the Bulgarian authorities to expel a Russian diplomat from the country in October,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
No further details were provided.
In late October, Sofia expelled a Russian diplomat after he ignored a request to leave following a probe which confirmed he had been spying in the EU member country.
The Russian ambassador was told at the time that the diplomat in question, a first secretary at the embassy in Sofia, has 24 hours to leave the country.
NATO and EU member Bulgaria was previously a Soviet satellite and is now a rare ally of Russia in Europe.
But tensions spiked in September when Bulgarian prosecutors charged a pro-Russian activist, Nikolay Malinov, with espionage and banned his alleged Russian handler from entering Bulgaria.
Malinov, a former lawmaker, heads Rusofili, the largest pro-Russia non-governmental organization in Bulgaria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a state award to Malinov.


Police say 2 killed, 3 injured in Idaho shooting

Updated 56 min 47 sec ago

Police say 2 killed, 3 injured in Idaho shooting

  • It was not immediately clear if the people injured and killed in the shooting lived at the complex
  • The officer’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening

CALDWELL, Idaho: Idaho police say at least two people were killed and three were injured in a shooting at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Caldwell.

Caldwell Police Chief Frank Wyant said the report of an active shooter at the Portstewart Apartments came in about 4:19 p.m. Thursday, and responding officers found multiple victims at the scene. A police officer was among the injured, and the suspect in the case was among the dead.

Police said there was no ongoing threat to the public.

The officer’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. It was not immediately clear if the people injured and killed in the shooting lived at the complex.

“We are still early in the investigation, and information is still very preliminary,” Caldwell Police Department Lt. Joey Hoadley said.
Caldwell is part of the Boise metropolitan area and has a population of about 54,000.