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Silenced - The writer Georgi Markov and the umbrella murder, top assassination plot

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Silenced - The writer Georgi Markov and the umbrella murder, top assassination plot

DVD Germany / Bulgaria, 2013 , 92 min. 16:9

“Silnced” is both a historical as well as an investigative-documentary film about an extraordinary event from the time of Cold War, but it could apply to other perpetrators and victims of similar actions today, too.

A secret service murder, which attracted worldwide attention, took place on 7 Sept. 1978 on Waterloo bridge in London. It was one of the most mysterious crimes of the cold war. The Bulgarian dissident and writer Georgi Markov supposedly was poisoned by a stab in the leg presumably through the tip of an umbrella. Markov died four days later, On 11 Sept. 1978 , of heart failure. The february 2010 issue of the prestigious TIME magazine listed the murder of Georgi Markov at
number 5 of the Top 10 Assassination Plots of the World.

The film clarifies the background and political context of the attack to the present and traces the activities of secret agent Picadilly, the alleged killer who disappeared after 1993.

Special edition DVD incl. the full movie (English and Bulgarian version) and Bonus materials – extended interviews with Fr. Gullino alias ’Picadilly‘ and Bulgarian chef investigator ( 1990 – 1993)

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Georgi Markov ( 1929 –1978) was a Bulgarian dissident writer.

Markov originally worked as a novelist and playwright in his native country, then governed by a communist regime under chairman Todor Zhivkov until his defection from Bulgaria in 1969. After relocating to the West, he worked as a broadcaster and journalist for the BBC World Service, the US-funded Radio Free Europe, and Germany's Deutsche Welle. Markov used such forums to conduct a campaign of sarcastic criticism against the incumbent Bulgarian regime.

In 1974, his play "To Crawl under the Rainbow" was staged in London, while in Edinburgh the play "Archangel Michael," written in English, won first prize. The novel "The Right Honorable Chimpanzee," coauthored by David Phillips, was published after his death. One impressive political satire this time pointed at british politics.

As a result of this, it has been speculated that the Bulgarian government may have decided to silence him, and may have asked the KGB for help. He died as a result of an incident on a London street when a micro-engineered pellet containing ricin was fired into his leg via an umbrella wielded by someone associated with the secret police.

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