HC Deb 28 May 1886 vol 306 cc314-5

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether any information has reached Her Majesty's Government on the subject of a conspiracy, alleged to have been fomented by Russian agents, and confirmed by Circular Note of the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Prefects of the Province of Philippopolis, for the assassination of Prince Alexander of Bulgaria and of his Prime Minister; whether Her Majesty's Government has received any information tending to confirm the following statement, which has obtained currency from a usually well authenticated source, dated Sofia, May 22:— There is now little doubt that the plot against the Prince formed only part of a general conspiracy to create disturbances and produce anarchy throughout the Country, and thus furnish a pretext for a Russian occupation, which the Czar's Representative at Philippopolis has been openly promising his adherents in the near future; and, whether any representations have been addressed by Her Majesty's Government to the Government of Russia deprecating a course of action so calculated to disturb the peace of Europe?


Her Majesty's Government have received information that a plot was discovered at Bourgas to waylay Prince Alexander and take him alive, if possible, on board ship, to kill the Prime Minister and Prefect of Bourgas, and to provoke a revolution. Her Majesty's Government know nothing as to any action of Russian agents in the matter, and possess no facts that would tend to justify any representation to the Government of Russia.