Markov, Georgi

(1929–1978)
   A Bulgarian dissident residing in London, Markov was slated for execution by the Bulgarian security service because his broadcasts on the BBC World Service were creating problems for the communist regime. KGB Chair Yuri Andropov agreed to provide both the poison and a specialist in assisting the Bulgarian allies in murdering Markov. On 7 September 1978, while Markov waited for a bus on Waterloo Bridge, he received a lethal dose of ricin fired from an air gun concealed in an umbrella. His assassin was a Bulgarian intelligence officer. He died four days later in a London hospital. Oleg Kalugin, a KGB counterintelligence specialist, wrote in his memoirs that Andropov had authorized the assassination out of “solidarity” with the Bulgarian intelligence service. Kalugin, who acted as the KGB’s representative during the planning stage of the assassination, was later denied entry into Great Britain because of his part in the murder.

Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. . 2014.

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