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Bulgaria: KGB, Secret Service Archives To Be Opened

Sofia, 14 July 1997 (RFE/RL) -- The head of Bulgaria's Interior Ministry archives says extensive records of the cooperation between the Soviet KGB and the Bulgarian communist secret service (DS) will soon be opened to the public.

Colonel Seraphim Stoikov told RFE/RL yesterday that the records are very extensive. He said they will be made available after parliament adopts the necessary law.

Stoikov said a special system for sharing information between the socialist countries was created in 1974, and had its command center at KGB headquarters in Moscow. Its task was to exchange information about international terrorism, drug trafficking and the activities of people posing a threat to the socialist system.

The archive also contains the closely-guarded record of the activities of leading communists before the communist takeover in Bulgaria.