Bulgaria’s leader makes new push to fight endemic corruption

Bulgaria’s leader makes new push to fight endemic corruption


SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgaria’s interim prime minister on Monday urged the government to redouble its efforts to fight endemic graft, calling for changes in prosecutors’ offices, the judiciary and all law enforcement agencies.

Prime Minister Stefan Yanev spoke at a meeting of the government security council that he convened to discuss new anti-corruption policies following US sanctions on Bulgarian officials and businessmen for their allegedly “extensive” roles in corruption.

Last week, the US Department of the Treasury announced sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act against the former member of parliament and media mogul Delyan Peevski, oligarch Vassil Bozhkov and former national security official Ilko Zhelyazkov for their alleged roles in public corruption.

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It also imposed sanctions on 64 entities allegedly linked to them, saying the move was its single biggest action targeting corruption to date.

The sanctions on the Bulgarians and companies effectively prevent them from accessing the US financial system, freezes their US assets and bars Americans from

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