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18177Powerful Bulgarian Bishop Found Dead, Foul Play Suspected

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jul 9, 2013

      Powerful Bulgarian Bishop Found Dead, Foul Play Suspected
      Crime | July 9, 2013

      The dead body of *Varna metropolitan *bishop* Kiril*, a former interim
      Patriarch and one of the most powerful members of the country's senior
      clergy, was discovered near Varna on Tuesday.

      The body was discovered on a beach in the exurban area of Trakata.

      Prosecutors suspect foul play, according to the Bulgarian National Radio.

      *Bishop* Kiril was born as Bogomil Petrov Kovachev on June 8, 1954. He
      has been metropolitan *bishop* of Varna and Veliki Preslav since 1989.

      In November 2012, Kiril was chosen as interim Patriarch of the Bulgarian
      Orthodox *Church* following the death of 98-year-old former Patriarch
      Maxim. Kiril remained interim Patriarch until February 2013, where new
      Patriarch Neofit was elected.

      During 2011 and early 2012, *bishop* Kiril raised controversy after
      being spotted riding a top modern Lincoln MKZ Hybrid car.

      This incident has renewed debate about the sources of wealth among
      senior Bulgarian clergy.

      In 2012, the wealthy *bishop* was exposed as a former agent of State
      Security <http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=146800> (DS) the
      Bulgarian secret service during the Communist dictatorship (1944-1989).
      Kiril worked as a secret agent under the aliases "Kovachev" and "Vladislav."

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