Five Bulgarians have denied spying for Russia in the UK

London, March 22 (EFE). – Five people of Bulgarian nationality denied, today, Friday, that they conspired to spy in the United Kingdom for Russia for two and a half years, in their remote appearance before the Old Bailey Criminal Court in London. .

Aurelien Rousseff, 46 years old; Bezer Dzambazov (42); Catherine Ivanova, 32 years old; Ivan Stoyanov, 32, and Vanya Gabirova, 29, were arrested and charged last year with collecting information useful to the enemy between August 2020 and February 2023.

Before the trial of the five began this October, the defendants denied the espionage charge before Judge Jeremy Baker.

Rusev, Dzambazov and Ivanova also denied the second charge of possession of forged identity documents with improper intent under the Identity Documents Act 2010.

It is alleged that on February 8 last year they were in possession of several false documents – passports, identity cards and driving licenses – from the UK, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Greece.

The defendants appeared before the court via video from the British prisons where they are being held. Evie

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