21 Feb 2020 17:58

Russian embassy in Sofia didn't receive inquiries concerning attempt to kill Bulgarian businessman Gebrev - spokesperson

MOSCOW/SOFIA. Feb 21 (Interfax) - The Russian embassy to Bulgaria has not received official inquiries from Bulgarian authorities regarding three Russian citizens charged with an attempt to kill Bulgarian arms dealer Emilian Gebrev, embassy spokesperson Marina Sergunina told Interfax.

"The embassy has still not received official inquiries on this account," Sergunina said in reply to a question from Interfax on Friday.

The Sofia city prosecutor's office has charged three Russian citizens in absentia with an attempt to kill Gebrev, the owner of a company manufacturing weapons, his son Khristo and Valentin Takhchiyev, the company's production manager, Bulgarian radio said on Friday.

The Bulgarian prosecution service mentions three men, Sergei Viktorovich Pavlov, Sergei Vyacheslavovich Fedotov, and Georgy Gorshkov, as those are charged with a premeditated murder attempt committed between April 28 and May 4, 2015 using publicly dangerous substances.

The investigation has determined that these three people used different foreign travel passports issued in different names. The Bulgarian prosecution service claimed that, while international arrest warrants were issued for them, they were in Moscow.