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Ukrainians used bitcoins to buy Bulgarian passports

The documents were sold to Moldovans and Macedonians
16:41, 2 November 2018

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Manipulations with passports sale to foreigners, which involved the bitcoin use were discovered in Bulgaria; Ukrainians are among the buyers of such passport, NOVA outlet reports.

Ukrainians, Moldovans and Macedonians paid the Bulgarian officials in cryptocurrency for the citizenship provision.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office arrested Head of Bulgarian State Agency for Bulgarians’ Matters Abroad Petar Haralampiev, the agency's Secretary General Krasimir Tomov and the member of the agency Mark Stoyov.

‘Petar Haralampiev, Krasimir Tomov and Mark Stoyov were arrested for fraud with the issuance of Bulgarian passports to Ukrainian, Moldovan and Macedonian citizens,’ Chief Prosecutor of the State Ivan Geshev claimed.

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The lawyers of the arrested men claimed that there is no evidence of unauthorized payments. The Prosecutor General replied that they have evidence, the bribery was offered in cryptocurrency.

Meanwhile, the Vice Prime Minister of Bulgaria Valeri Simeonov claimed that he is not intended to resign because of the scandal in the agency.

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As it was reported earlier, about 20 people were detained in Bulgaria for sale of Bulgarian passports to Ukrainians.

Earlier, a criminal gang in Poland was revealed; they faked Polish passports for Ukrainian citizens and illegally transferred them to Great Britain.

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