Bulgaria: The Black Sheep

Something strange had happened in Sofia. Rumors of a suicide in the Central Committee raced through the grim little capital. Had there been a plot against the government? A pro-Peking putsch, nipped in the bud by Russian agents? Or perhaps a pro-Tito rebellion aimed at making Bulgaria another "neutral" Yugoslavia?

The government huffily denounced all the rumors as "fantastic fabrications and malicious propaganda." To be sure, one government official had committed suicide: Ivan Todorov-Gorunya, 48, a wartime underground leader and a Central Committee member. "The truth is," insisted the report, "that...

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