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How a Poisoning in Bulgaria Exposed Russian Assassins in Europe
New York Times ^ | December 22, 2019 | Michael Schwirtz

Posted on 12/22/2019 7:07:49 AM PST by karpov

SOFIA, Bulgaria — The Russian assassin used an alias, Sergei Fedotov, and slipped into Bulgaria unnoticed, checking into a hotel in Sofia near the office of a local arms manufacturer who had been selling ammunition to Ukraine.

He led a team of three men.

Within days, one man sneaked into a locked parking garage, smeared poison on the handle of the arms manufacturer’s car, then left, undetected, except for blurry images captured by surveillance video.

Shortly after, the arms manufacturer, Emilian Gebrev, was meeting with business partners at a rooftop restaurant when he began to hallucinate and vomit.

The poisoning left Mr. Gebrev, now 65, hospitalized for a month. His son was poisoned, and so was another top executive at his company. When Mr. Gebrev was discharged, the assassins poisoned him and his son again, at their summer home on the Black Sea. They all survived, though Mr. Gebrev’s business has yet to recover fully.

The assassination attempts in 2015 were remarkable not only for their brazenness and persistence, but also because security and intelligence officials in the West initially did not notice. Bulgarian prosecutors looked at the case, failed to unearth any evidence and closed it.

Now Western security and intelligence officials say the Bulgaria poisonings were a critical clue that helped expose a campaign by the Kremlin and its sprawling web of intelligence operatives to eliminate Russia’s enemies abroad and destabilize the West.

“With Bulgaria, there was an ‘aha’ moment,” said one European security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified intelligence matters. “We looked at it and thought, damn, everything aligned.”

Entering his third decade in power, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is pushing hard to re-establish Russia as a world power.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: bulgaria; emiliangebrev; norsetroll; poisoning; putin; putinsbuttboys; russia; russianassassins; sergeifedotov; ukraine; vladtheimploder
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1 posted on 12/22/2019 7:07:49 AM PST by karpov
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Wow they poisoned them twice and they both lived.

Amateurs. They should ask Hillary for some pro-tips.

Also Epstein did not kill himself.


2 posted on 12/22/2019 7:12:03 AM PST by desertfreedom765
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To: AdmSmith

pong


3 posted on 12/22/2019 7:15:01 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: desertfreedom765

Yes. Hillary and Soros are far more vicious.


4 posted on 12/22/2019 7:16:46 AM PST by captain_dave
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To: karpov

A team of 3 professional assassins failed twice. Wonder if Pooty-Poot had them killed?


5 posted on 12/22/2019 7:19:35 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: karpov

The NYTs has so poisoned its credibility, I have serious doubts about even this reporting.


6 posted on 12/22/2019 7:26:36 AM PST by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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To: carriage_hill

I really doubt if it ever took place.


7 posted on 12/22/2019 7:27:50 AM PST by NorseViking
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To: karpov

I’m a little long in the tooth, but I remember years ago the Russians did the same thing to our Embassy in East Germany they poisoned the door knobs.


8 posted on 12/22/2019 7:29:53 AM PST by Rappini (Compromise has its place. It's called second.)
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To: karpov; All
Here is a radio free Europe source with more details.
9 posted on 12/22/2019 7:34:35 AM PST by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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To: Rappini

Poison on our embassy door knobs? It sure makes you wonder who is really behind the aural “poisoning” of our diplomats in Havana.


10 posted on 12/22/2019 7:35:08 AM PST by ryderann
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To: karpov
Here is the same article, by Michael Swartz, in the Indian Express. They do not mention the NYTs!
11 posted on 12/22/2019 7:38:54 AM PST by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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Well if the intelligence agencies say this is what happened, I guess that’s it. I mean, after all they found wmds all over Iraq, they figured out the Syrian gas attacks oh, and they figured out Trump was a Russian spy. Nobody else would have a motive to kill an east European arms merchant.


12 posted on 12/22/2019 7:45:23 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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The same article claims again the Russians used nerve gas on skirpal, that Russian who worked for Steele. It was Fentanyl, and the guy who was poisoned alongside his daughter just happened to be a longtime associate of Steele and do a little too much about the dossier.

Just remember, the New York Times told us they were not an objective news source. They literally admitted that they were a political paper, on a mission the destroy Trump.


13 posted on 12/22/2019 7:52:12 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: captain_dave
Yes. Hillary and Soros are far more vicious.

Hillary and Soros are white trash with money... what some people call 'elites'... garbage elites is more like it.

14 posted on 12/22/2019 7:53:23 AM PST by GOPJ
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To: karpov

Back in the height of the Cold War the Russians used the Bulgarians as there Murder, Inc.


15 posted on 12/22/2019 8:04:58 AM PST by Reily
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To: Rappini

Was that poison, or “merely” a radioactive substance intended to track people?


16 posted on 12/22/2019 8:20:15 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: marktwain

How much you want to bet it’s just part of hyping the Russia narrative.


17 posted on 12/22/2019 8:32:03 AM PST by Track9 (When the products of liberalism meet you face to face, itÂ’s best to have a loaded weapon.)
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To: desertfreedom765

“Also Epstein did not kill himself.”

Take it up with the fat bag piper.


18 posted on 12/22/2019 8:54:59 AM PST by proust (Justice delayed is injustice.)
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To: karpov

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https://youtu.be/PBHYbeg2nao


19 posted on 12/22/2019 9:00:51 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Lincoln: "The Founders did not make America racist or slaver. They inherited it, that way!")
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To: karpov

I wonder what Jeffrey Epstein thinks of this plot?


20 posted on 12/22/2019 9:01:28 AM PST by BobL (I drive a pickup truck to work because it makes me feel like a man.)
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