"The current situation has made it necessary for the First
Main Directorate (PGU) of [Russia's]
KGB to give the First Main Directorate of [Bulgaria's] Ministry of Internal
Affairs the following special means: devices for silent, mechanical ejection of
special needles, containing swift poisons. ..."
The above is an excerpt from Addendum 13 of the "Perspective
plan for cooperation between the intelligence services of USSR and communist
Bulgaria in the period 1972-1975"--a secret document made public thanks to
Hristo Hristov, an investigative reporter with the Bulgarian independent daily Dnevnik
who won a six-year-long legal battle for access to the secret archives of Bulgaria's
National Investigative Service (NRS), the country's security agency. Last week,
Hristov published his book The Double Life
of Agent Piccadilly, based on more than 90 volumes of previously
undisclosed NRS documents that shed light on the 1978 murder in London of
Bulgarian dissident journalist Georgi Markov.