Russian Orthodox Church head expelled
Bulgarian authorities have expelled the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archimandrite Vasian (Zmeev) from Sofia.
"On September 21st, the Bulgarian authorities took harsh and egregious actions to expel from the country the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sofia, Archimandrite Vasian, and two employees of the Church of St. Nikolay Mirlikiski Miracle Worker," the Russian embassy wrote on its Telegram channel.
"They consider Father Vasian to be a threat to national security," the Russian diplomatic mission explained.
No detailed explanation of the allegations against the employees of the Russian Orthodox Church has yet emerged.
Another 2 Bulgarians charged with espionage
The British Prosecutor's Office announced today that it has been decided to bring charges against five Bulgarian citizens in connection with spying for Russia for almost three years.
Three men and two women have been charged with "conspiring to collect information intended to be used directly or indirectly by an enemy" between August 30, 2020 and February 8, 2023, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
Three of them were announced a few weeks ago, when it was reported that at the beginning of the year other Bulgarians were also detained and interrogated. Now the names of two more have also officially emerged. They all lived in London and Norfolk.
Vitosha Venture Partners invests in 8 startups
Bulgarian venture capital firm Vitosha Ventures has announced a total of 8 new deals amounting to 1.2 million euros.
The firm has been investing heavily in companies since the beginning of the year due to the incoming end of its investing period at the end of 2023. It has another 6 million euros left and will likely close more than 25 deals with early stage companie