'Traitor' Zhivkov

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The Independent Online
SOFIA (Reuter) - Todor Zhivkov, the former Bulgarian leader, and other former Communist officials are to be charged with treason for proposing that Bulgaria become the 16th republic of the Soviet Union. Moscow rejected the proposal.

Mr Zhivkov was convicted in September of embezzling pounds 12m from Bulgarian public funds to buy palatial flats and Western cars for relatives and aides. He was sentenced to seven years in prison but is still under house arrest. He is also charged with sponsoring Third World terrorist movements, discriminating against Bulgarian ethnic Turks, setting up labour camps and ruining the economy.