CEC Refused Registration for Parliamentary Elections of Former Gambling Boss Bozhkov

The Central Election Commission has refused to register the party of Dubai-based businessman with Vasil Bozhkov "Bulgarian Summer" for the November 14th parliamentary elections. Bozhkov is investigated and has multiple charges by the Bulgarian prosecution.

The decision was made on September 29 and is subject to appeal to the Supreme Administrative Court within three days.

Bulgaria Requests from US Additional Info on Persons Sanctioned under Magnitski Act

Bulgaria's Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassation requested from the US Department of State additional information on the case of imposing sanctions on three Bulgarian nationals under the Magnitsky Act, BTA learned on Thursday from  the prosecuting magistracy.

Worth of Heroin Shipment Ceased in Sliven Estimated at BGN 25 M

Speaking at a briefing in Sofia on Monday, head of the specialized prosecution service, Valentina Madjarova, said that the worth of nearly 500 kilos of heroin ceased during a raid in the southern city of Sliven on June 4 is estimated at BGN 25 million. Two persons, who are Turkish nationals, were detained in the raid. The two, whom the court remanded in custody, have no criminal record.

Bulgaria’s Prosecutor’s Office Takes Firm Stand on US Sanctions, Investigation Follows

The Prosecutor's Office announced today that it is launching an investigation into the information disclosed by the State Department of the United States on corruption activities involving Vasil Bozhkov, Delyan Peevski, Ilko Zheliazkov, Alexander Manolev, Petar Haralampiev and Krasimir Tomov.

Head of Cabinet of Caretaker Interior Minister Resigned

Elena Ficherova, head of the cabinet of Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov, has applied for dismissal, the ministry said.

"The act is motivated by the desire not to cause negatives for the political cabinet. Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov has granted the request. The order comes into force today," the statement said.

Bulgaria: Indicted Gambling Tycoon Vasil Bozhkov Whips up New Provocation

During the last year the name of Vasil Bozhkov has mainly been associated with scandals. Many people believe he was the main sponsor of the large-scale anti-government protests this summer. Before their outburst, many were sure that the man nicknamed The Skull had leaked the alleged and provocative audio tapes of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.