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Medical degrees from former Soviet countries are under question

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 03 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:238

Re: Medical degrees from former Soviet countries are under question

Dear Editors,

Bulgaria still has major problems with corruption and organized crime. [1][2][3]

Bulgaria's own Interior Minister Tzvetan Tzvetanov states that his Country remains a paradise for organized crime and corruption! [4][5][6][2]

Forged University degrees and fake University medical diplomas still constitute a thriving and highly lucrative criminal activity in Bulgaria. [7][8]

Even Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov admits that the problem exists and that he cannot evaluate its extension! [8]

Turkey does not recognize any University degree issued by Bulgarian Universities! [9][10]

GMC officials should also revoke and suspend recognition of all medical diplomas issued by Bulgarian Universities, from 1990 onwards, until proper international and local investigations manage to eliminate this dangerous phenomenon.












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15 November 2012
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece