The Bulgarian essayist, novelist and playwright, Georgi Markov left Communist Bulgaria in 1969. After moving to London, he worked for Radio Free Europe, the BBC and Germany’s Deutsche Welle as a broadcaster and used the airwaves to campaign against the Bulgarian government under the leadership of Todov Zhivkov. His weekly broadcasts of life under socialist Bulgaria made him an enemy of the state and Markov was assassinated in London on 7 September 1978, when a man carrying an umbrella injected him with a 1.52-millimetre pellet containing a tiny quantity of poison, probably ricin.
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