Bulgarian national charged with spying for Russia in the UK

LONDON — A sixth person suspected of spying for Russia in the U.K. will face criminal charges, British prosecutors announced Wednesday. 

The man, Tihomir Ivanchev, will appear at Westminster magistrates’ court on Wednesday, facing a charge of “conspiring to collect information intended to be directly or indirectly useful to an enemy for a purpose prejudicial to the safety and interest of the state.”

Ivanchev, a Bulgarian national, was arrested on February 7, and subsequently bailed prior to his charge.

The other five defendants — Orlin Roussev, 45, Bizer Dzhambazov, 41, Katrin Ivanova, 31, Ivan Stoyanov, 31, and Vanya Gaberova, 29 — were all arrested last September. They are in custody and set to stand trial in October.

Announcing the charges, Commander Dominic Murphy, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “A sixth suspect was identified and arrested as a result of enquiries made following the previous five arrests in this investigation, and working with the Crown Prosecution Service, a charge has now been brought.”