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Bulgaria Releases Ex-Premier Without Charges After Night in Jail

  • Borissov, ex-minister detained in investigation of extortion
  • Borissov ran EU’s poorest country for years until April
Boyko Borissov in Brussels, Belgium, in 2020.
Boyko Borissov in Brussels, Belgium, in 2020.Photographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg
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Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov was released from custody Friday after being held for almost 24 hours in a corruption investigation.  

Prosecutors didn’t file charges or request an extended arrest for Borissov, who fell from power last year after leading the European Union’s poorest country for more than a decade until last April. The former premier, who leads the center-right Gerb party, was detained late Thursday along with his former finance minister, Vladislav Goranov, and his media adviser, Sevdelina Arnaudova, after authorities searched their homes.