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An article about the Bulgarian mafia

Unread post by razbojnik » March 25th, 2009, 8:24 pm

GANG BANG

A quiet stroll through the streets of Sofia may be an epiphany, if you know where to look for some of Bulgaria's most gruesome organised crime hits

by Slavi Angelov; photography by Dragomir Ushev, 24 Chasa

Organised crime in Bulgaria has two sources: the former State Security, or DS, and former athletes. The Bulgarian mafia often makes headlines with gangland murders, but even if you're not an underworld aficionado, you've probably seen some of these wiseguys on the street, in stores or at nightclubs. A mutra, or mafioso, is easy to spot: just look for a guy with short hair, black clothes, a fancy car and a stunning babe on his arm.

The Bulgarian mafia is like those in Sicily, Moscow, New York and Amsterdam. Only the most brutal survive by stirring up intrigues among their enemies, striking first and never forgetting that nobody is immortal.

However, the Bulgarian mafia is the only mob whose top bosses are former wrestlers. The beginning of organised crime coincided with the beginning of democratisation after the fall of Communist dictator Todor Zhivkov in November 1989. The time was ripe: the police and prosecutors were powerless, sleaze was the law of the land, and the DS needed a quick way to launder the Communist Party's money.

At this critical moment, the athletes made their move. The darlings of the Communist regime, after 1989 they soon discovered that the new government had neither the desire nor the funds to support them. Politicians cut the huge subsidies for sports clubs, leaving thousands of athletes out of work. Many wrestlers, karate players, weightlifters and boxers soon turned to petty crime.

Their first victims were hapless foreign guests at the Bozhur and Ihtiman Motels near Sofia. Athletes swindled truck drivers and tourists in money changing scams, stole cars and mugged unfortunate victims. So began the illustrious career of Ivo Karamanski, a former wrestler considered the “Godfather” of the Bulgarian mafia.

The Bulgarian government eventually took action and some of the wrestlers fled to the Czech Republic or Hungary with fake passports, where under Karamanski's guidance they trafficked stolen cars to Bulgaria. In 1991 the Czech police arrested and expelled 24 Bulgarians, the “Godfather” among them.

They were soon back on the streets, however. Meanwhile the athletes who remained in Sofia discovered that they could easily control petty criminals. They forced car thieves, burglars and small-time conmen to pay a monthly “tax,” while Sofia and the rest of the country were divided into zones of power. Of course, turf wars were inevitable. The first clashes between wrestlers and karateists, and between karateists and boxers, were mass fistfights, but they quickly escalated into the first shootouts and casualties.

The wrestlers eventually won, thanks to their exceptional brutality and their close ties to the former DS. The latter controlled all the channels for trafficking weapons, cigarettes and amphetamines created by the Communists before 1989 - but they needed some muscle to help them with the dirty work. The wrestlers became their bodyguards, terrorising all who crossed their path. The first joint operation showed the partnership's effectiveness.

At midnight on 29 November 1992 the dispatcher on duty at the Bulgarian State Railway announced a ban on the transport of all petrol products to the former Yugoslavia. UN Security Council Resolution 820 was violated the moment it came into effect, however. On that very night, Italian and Bulgarian tankers unloaded more than 100,000 tons of petrol in the port of Burgas. The Neftochim refinery legally purchased the fuel and prepared it for export to “Greece and Macedonia”.

In reality, the containers were sent straight to Serbia - the wrestlers made sure the deal went off without a hitch by beating, threatening and bribing railway workers, customs officers and the police.

According to the prosecutor's office, in a single month 20 million litres of fuel crossed the border at Dragoman. Nothing came of the investigation and arrest of 10 suspects - including a deputy prime minister. All were acquitted, and the Bulgarian mafia made its “first million”. The story of its next millions, however, is equally unsavoury.

In 1994 wrestlers had the whole country in a stranglehold. Every entrepreneur, car owner, nightclub, mum-and-dad grocery store and bank paid them protection money. If they refused, they could expect a visit from a gang of toughs with crew cuts and baseball bats, coked up and eager to beat or kidnap them and destroy their property. Ordinary Bulgarians gradually began to call wrestlers mutri and “business” became a dirty word.

The wrestlers themselves had no qualms about their business and legalised their activities in the form of “security companies”. Their “clients” were required to advertise their affiliation with stickers placed in restaurant windows or car windshields. Kyustendil wrestler Vasil Iliev founded Bulgaria's most powerful security company, VIS-1, which stands for Vyarnost, Investitsii, Sigurnost, or Loyalty, Investments, Security. While the government dithered, the wrestlers took over part of its duties. Hundreds of entrepreneurs sought their help to settle private arguments or to collect bad debts. The mutri's solutions to such problems didn't include administrative penalties.

Towards the end of 1993, the ex-athletes began to launder money by buying up bars and hotels in Sofia and in mountain and seaside resorts. In April 1994, however, things went a bit too far. VIS-1 mutri beat Chinese trader Li Supao to death because he refused to pay them. A few days later the Sofia police revoked VIS-1's license. Then mobster Pantyu “Poli” Pantev got a bright idea: why not go into the insurance business? So the security firm VIS-1 was reborn as the astonishingly profitable insurance company VIS-2, which reportedly took a few million leva a day. Boss Vasil Iliev even considered opening a bank.

Just then a new and brutal opponent stepped into the ring: the Security Insurance Company, or SIK, founded by Mladen “Madzho” Mihalev, Krasimir Marinov, Milcho “Bay Mile” Bonev, Rumen “Pasha” Nikolov, Dimitriy “Russian” Minev and Ventsislav Stefanov.

The first casualty in the war was Vasil Iliev himself, who was killed in April 1995. A few more murders quickly cemented SIK's power. Things started to change in 1997. After the country plunged into economic crisis under the Bulgarian Socialist Party, opposition leader Ivan Kostov and the United Democratic Forces, or ODS, came to power. A year later the new government revoked the “insurance” companies' licenses and Bulgarians stopped paying reket, or protection money.

The wrestlers found other ways to keep busy, however. With the help of lawyers and financiers, they took over the gambling industry and also imported contraband meat, vegetables, goods from China and Dubai, and home appliances and electronics. They backed fashion agencies, football teams and television stations. They also snatched up the juiciest public concessions in Sofia and other large cities: rubbish removal and parking. Living the dream of its erstwhile opponent, SIK opened its own bank.

Until that moment the Bulgarian mafia had steered clear of drug trafficking, leaving that to Iranians, Albanians and Turks. But when their extortion income was drastically reduced, they changed their tune. Within a few months SIK's Poli Pantev and VIS's Metodi “Meto Iliyanski” Metodiev controlled all the drugs in Sofia and within a year they had divided the country between them.

A new round of killings followed. In 1998 construction contractor Emil Petrov was gunned down because of a $500,000 transfer to the bank owned by SIK. In fact, one of SIK's partners ordered the hit, infuriating other SIK gangsters who were Petrov's friends. Bulgaria's most powerful mob splintered and its factions began a savage internal war. After two failed assassination attempts, Poli Pontev was killed on the island of Aruba in March 2001. In July 2004, Bay Mile, the mastermind behind many ruthless hits, was killed in a spray of bullets, Hollywood-style: the gunmen entered his favourite restaurant dressed as policemen. In October his death was avenged by the murder of The Russian.

Despite the infighting, SIK spared a few bullets for VIS. In December 2003 Konstantin “ Samokovets” Dimitrov, who led VIS's trafficking operations, was gunned down in front of a diamond store in Amsterdam. Shortly before that Meto Iliyanski disappeared - never to be seen again - while Filip “Fatik” Naydenov, a second-generation amphetamine producer and trafficker to the Near East, was shot dead at a Sofia intersection.

In August 2005 a sniper killed VIS boss Georgi Iliev with a single bullet to the heart as he dined in his own restaurant in Sunny Beach.

Today the surviving bosses from the first generation, born in the 1960s, can be counted on one hand... and their numbers continue to dwindle, since they have long since put out hits on one another. Despite the EU's best efforts to stamp out organised crime, their brutal wars and racketeering continue. So don't be surprised if you hear about them in the news sometime soon.


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Target Vasil Iliev

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Life Started VIS-1. Charismatic, good organiser, opponent of excessive violence

Death Shot in 1995, while driving slowly to avoid potholes on Louis Eyer St in Sofia. His three bodyguards in the following car didn't have time to react

Behind the hit Rival mob SIK

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Target Ivo “Godfather” Karamanski(I remember hearing talk about this guy 10 years ago)

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Life Canoe-kayak champion. Extravagant. In 1994 he ran for MP from prison, donated money for the children of dead miners and recorded a music album

Death Two bullets to the head in 1998 at a student party in a villa in the Simeonovo neighbourhood of Sofia

Behind the hit No one. He was murdered in a drunken brawl - the killer Stefan Vazharski is now serving a life sentence

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Target Pantyu “Poli” Pantev

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Life One of Bulgaria's most brutal mafiosi. Suspected of personally murdering several people in the mid-1990s

Death Shot in 2001 in the lobby of a hotel in Aruba by two men with Slovenian passports bearing the names of Papunic and Radanovic

Behind the hit SIK leaders, who were afraid of Pantev after the group splintered

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL WTF Pantyu "Polly" Pantev - drug smuggler, initially affiliated with VIS, later with SIC. He was rumoured to have stolen half a ton of cocaine from the Russian or Colombian mafia. Several assassination attempts, including one with a missile[2], caused him to leave the country and go into hiding, until he was eventually shot on the isle of Aruba on 09.03.2001.

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Target Iliya Pavlov

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Life Freemason, former wrestler with close contacts in the former State Security, or DS. He didn't hide his connections with political parties - his Multigrup mob was strongest during the government of Caretaker Prime Minister Lyuben Berov (1992-1994)

Death A sniper killed him with a shot to the heart as he left his office on Cherni Vrah Blvd in Sofia in 2003

Behind the hit Russian mafioso Grigoriy Karamalak or the two SIK leaders

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Target Filip “Fatik” Naydenov

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Life Son of a Syrian who in the 1970s smuggled amphetamines, cigarettes and weapons through Bulgaria. Fatik trafficked in stolen cars and produced and exported synthetic narcotics

Death While waiting in his Mercedes at a red light on Bulgaria Blvd in Sofia, a man on a motorbike shot him wi th a machine gun

Behind the hit Rival

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Target Stoil “Calf” Slavov

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Life Before 1989 he worked for the National Protection Service. In 1994 he became a partner in the firm that eventually became SIK

Death Blown up in a lift in the SIK building on James Bourchier Blvd in 2004 along with two of his close associates

Behind the hit Other SIK bosses or a mafioso from the southern Black Sea coast whom The Calf had put out a hit on

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Target Milcho “Bay Mile” Bonev

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Life Handball player, in 1994 he became a partner in SIK. He was responsible for hits

Death Shot in 2004 at Slaviya, his favourite restaurant in Sofia. The killers wore police uniforms and at first pretended to carry out a police raid.
Six victims were murdered in the shootout

Behind the hit The SIK branch headed by Nikolay “Margina” Marinov and “Russian”

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Target Dmitriy “Russian” Minev

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Life Born in Penza, Russia. He and Margina were the original SIK shareholders. In 2003 he ranked among the country's three biggest taxpayers

Death Killed with a single shot to the heart in 2004 as he left the Up Stairs Bar on Vitosha Blvd in Sofia. The sniper hid in a building across the street inside an empty apartment owned by a sitting MP

Behind the hit The rival wing of SIK, avenging Bay Mile's murder

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Target Georgi Iliev

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Life Vasil Iliev's younger brother. Street thug, convicted of rape and investigated for two murders. He took over VIS after Vasil's murder

Death A man hidden in a hedge killed him with a single shot to the heart in 2005 as Iliev was standing in his Multiplace Restaurant in Sunny Beach

Behind the hit Four days later the killer's mutilated corpse was found floating in Varna Bay. The hit organiser - Pernik bandit Rayko “Blood” Stankov - was shot soon afterwards

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Target Ivan “Doctor” Todorov

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Life Smuggled cigarettes to the UK. In 2003 his Mercedes was blown up in traffic on Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd in Sofia. Doctor survived - and his car was found to contain photos from a yacht in Monaco showing Doctor playing cards with the finance minister Milen Velchev, transport minister Plamen Petrov, Miroslav Sevlievski MP and the businessman Spas Rusev

Death Killed in his Porsche in 2006 on Chervena Skala St. As the assassins opened fire, the motorcade of the Turkish president, who was on an official visit to Sofia, passed only 200 m, or 650 ft, away

Behind the hit SIK leaders or his former associates

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Krasimir and Nikolay Marinov

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Mladen Mihalev

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Boiko Borisov

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LOOOOOOOOOOL NO FUCKING SHIT

US Report: Borisov is a Mobster

WASHINGTON (News.bg) -- Sofia Mayor Boiko Borisov is linked to the biggest mobsters in Bulgaria, according to a confidential risk-analysis investigation of the country commissioned by a private bank, the U.S. Congressional Quarterly (CQ) writes.

The most powerful politician in Bulgaria, Washington's newest ally in the global war on terror, is a close associate of known mobsters and linked to almost 30 unsolved murders in the Black Sea republic, the report reads.

The U.S. partnership with Boyko Borisov, 48, a popular former Chief Secretary of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, is the latest example of the political trade-offs involved in the Bush administration's global war on terrorism, which has put the Pentagon, CIA and FBI in bed with some of the world's most corrupt and thuggish leaders, the edition states.

According to a 3-inch thick confidential dossier compiled by a team of former top U.S. law enforcement officials on behalf of a Swiss financial house, Borissov is also considered "a business partner and former associate of some of the biggest mobsters in Bulgaria," CQ writes.
The 18-month-old report was obtained on condition that the bank and its investigators not be identified.

During a four-year term as Chief Secretary during 2001-2005, the report suggests, Borisov used his responsibility for policing official corruption to help mob associates wipe out their underworld competition.

But a former top FBI official deplored the Bush administration's embrace of Bulgaria, and by extension, Borissov, as a counterterrorism ally.

"Borissov has probably gone a long way to clean himself up," said the former official, who requested anonymity, "and my opinion is that he was much more vulnerable to criticism in 2005 than he is today.", CQ concludes.

The Bulgarian embassy in the U.S.A. has sent the article to the Bulgarian President's Office, Foreign and Interior Ministries.

http://international.ibox.bg/news/id_165193915

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Vasil "The Skull" Bozhkov

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Zlatomir "Zlatko Baretata" Ivanov

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Emil Kyulev

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Anton "The Beak" Miltenov

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Nikolai "The Russian" Radev

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Much of the post-Communist Bulgarian mafia originates from the professional sportsmen and especially the wrestlers of Communist period (1944-1989). For example, the Iliev brothers, Big Margin and Iliya Pavlov were all students of the school for future champions "Olympic Hopes" (Bulgarian: "Олимпийски надежди")[3]. Indeed, the Bulgarian word борец ("wrestler") came to denote a mafia man (a common synonym is мутра, literally "mug"). The image of the Bulgarian "mug", including a sturdy physical build, a black suit, sunglasses, a shaved head, and golden jewellery, became iconic for the so-called Bulgarian "Transition" (to market economy). [2] The mafia came to control much of Bulgarian business, so the word "businessman" acquired similar undertones. The "mugs" also infiltrated Bulgarian politics (it was often alleged that SIC and VIS were connected to the two main parties of the 1990s, the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the Union of Democratic Forces, respectively).[4] As the UDF government (1997-2001) made the registration of the criminal insurance businesses more difficult, much of their networks and personnel were integrated into existing legal insurance firms, while at the same time the principal bosses moved the focus of their attention to smuggling, trade and privatization.[2] In the beginning of the 21st century, during the rule of National Movement Simeon II (2001-2005), assassinations became especially common. Evidence for the relations between criminal figures on the one hand and politicians and officials on the other is a recurring scandal in Bulgarian politics (UDF chief prosecutor Ivan Tatarchev allegedly recreated together with Ivo Karamanski, NMS-II finance minister Milen Velchev was photographed playing cards with "The Doctor", and most recently BSP interior minister Rumen Petkov negotiated with the shadowy "Galev brothers").

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Bulgarian sex slave gang smashed


Police in Spain's Canary Islands have broken up a human trafficking gang which forced Eastern European women into prostitution.

Spanish police arrested 33 people, including 15 Bulgarians, authorities in Spain and Bulgaria said.

The gang had smuggled up to 500 women, mostly from Bulgaria, promising them waitressing jobs in luxury locations.

The arrests followed a two-year investigation launched after two trafficked women tipped off police.

Bulgarian police chief Valentin Petrov named the suspected ringleader as Kiril Djalev, alias Kiko, 35, from a small town in southern Bulgaria.

"Young and beautiful girls in difficult financial circumstances were lured with promises of honest, legal and well-paid jobs on the Canary Islands," the Bulgarian Interior Ministry said.

"Some of the women had an idea about what the job could entail, but not to its full extent - an absolute limitation of freedom and sexual slavery to enrich their bosses," it added.

Internet lure

"The jobs were advertised on the internet," Mr Petrov said.

The traffickers transported the women to the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, where they took away their passports and forced them to work as prostitutes in bars and clubs, often subjecting them to violence, police said.

Some of the women were forced to work as sex slaves in the ringleader's own luxury villa and on his yacht, Bulgarian media report.

The operation against the trafficking gang was conducted jointly by Spanish and Bulgarian police, Mr Petrov said.

In May, Bulgarian police participated in an Italian-led crackdown on child trafficking in Europe.

Organised crime in Bulgaria has raised concerns in the EU, which the country is set to join on 1 January 2007.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6059280.stm

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Bulgarian tycoon gunned down

Pavlov was said to be the eighth richest man in Eastern Europe

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A prominent Bulgarian billionaire has been shot dead in the capital Sofia, a day after he testified in the murder trial of a former Prime Minister, Andrei Lukanov.

Iliya Pavlov, the president of Bulgaria's biggest industrial holding, MG Corporation, was shot on Friday afternoon outside his office and died shortly afterwards in hospital.

"Iliya Pavlov was killed by a single bullet that hit close to his heart," Bulgarian Interior Minister Georgi Petkanov said, adding that his several bodyguards were unhurt.

Mr Pavlov, 43, was thought to be the richest man in Bulgaria, worth about $1.5bn (£933m). His company employs about 10,000 people.

Wrestler turned businessman

On Thursday, Mr Pavlov gave evidence in the trial of three Bulgarians and two Ukrainians accused of involvement in the assassination of Mr Lukanov, Bulgaria's first post-Communist prime minister.

Lukanov was assassinated in 1996

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Mr Pavlov, a former wrestler turned businessman after the fall of communism, told the court he knew Mr Lukanov through their business activity.

The tycoon was ranked the eighth richest man in Eastern Europe by the Polish magazine Vprost last year.

Mr Pavlov survived an attempt on his life in 2001, when a bomb exploded on the road to his house.

Mr Lukanov, who masterminded the downfall of Bulgaria's long-serving communist leader Todor Zhivkov in 1989, was found shot in front of his Sofia home in October 1996.

At the time, Bulgarian media said Mr Lukanov's death was a contract killing related to his business activities.

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The Eyes, the Beak, the Camel, the Monkey, the Canadian, the Beret are not just randomly selected nouns, but rather the exotic nicknames of some of the biggest shots in the drug business in Bulgaria.

Five or six drug lords control the entire drug market in this country, according to a special report by the Centre for the Study of Democracy. The report, entitled "The Drugs Market In Bulgaria" was released last week, although its premiere originally had been planned for a later date. Some of the "heroes" portrayed, however, were either killed or have disappeared. Samokovetsa was shot in Amsterdam and Meto Ilianski has been missing since late November. The report has been hammered out by a group of experts including some from the National Service for Combatting Organised Crime. The report was released in the presence of Interior ministry chief secretary Boiko Borissov.

There are, roughly speaking, three main drug markets in Bulgaria, respectively those dealing with heroin, soft drugs and synthetic drugs. There is a fourth marginal market trading in cocaine, LSD and other psychoactive substances rarely used in the country. These markets are practically independent. There is no such thing as a national drugs market, but rather independent local markets, said Tihomir Bezlov, co-ordinator of the expert group that produced the report.





Heroin



One gram of heroin is 80 leva. One dose of the stuff costs five to six leva, although some dealers sell it for two leva. Under the report, there are about 15 000 heroin addicts in Bulgaria, who need an average 1.9 dose of heroin a day. Thus, calculations show that daily heroin market is estimated to stand between 55 million and 135 million leva.

Sofia is naturally the biggest "local market" and accounts for almost half the drug market in the country. It is claimed to have a five-rank hierarchy, very similar to the classic structure of New York's heroin market as described in a study in 1969. Drug markets in other large cities such as Varna, Bourgas and Plovdiv are said to have a four-ranking hierarchy.

Those addicted to heroin are at the lowest level of the hierarchy. Many surveys have shown that there is only one step from using to selling heroin. This is a major way to recruit street dealers. An addict starts selling heroin and in return for that he/she gets the much-needed daily dose.

Next there is the second level in the hierarchy - the dealers. They are very similar to the sales agents. The skillful dealers are always seeking for a better place to sell their stuff and can change their boss, the one who actually stands higher in the hierarchy and pulls the strings. The career dealers have actually worked for at least five or six different bosses. Since 2001, the profile of a dealer has undergone considerable changes. Previously, dealers would sell in public places (gardens, parks, pubs), or at home, while now more than 95 per cent of the sales are done via the phone, particularly after the appearance of pre-paid SIM cards, which can be easily thrown away and replaced to secure anonymity for the owner.

The desired dose can be ordered over the phone and typically the dealer agrees to meet the client at a place hidden from unwanted eyes. In a further effort to mislead the police, there are different "techniques" to hand over the heroin. One way is to have the heroin in one's palm and to deliver it upon shaking hands, which is also the way to receive the money for the goods. Since the dealer is most vulnerable when caught with many doses of heroin on him, these are typically stored in a way that allows their holder to get rid of them very quickly. Tiny plastic bags of heroin, the size of a capsule, are placed in the mouth. If the police search the dealer, he swallows the capsules.

To avoid any risks, the dealer can actually have two or three aides - one to make the deal over the phone, one to pick up the money and one to deliver the drugs.

During the past year, drug lords try to "hire" dealers under 18 years of age, who are prosecuted under a lighter regime and can be defended much more successfully by lawyers. Yet another trend is to prefer "clean" dealers, meaning ones who are not on dope. If they start using drugs, they are immediately replaced. This is yet another way to make things more difficult for the police who find it hard to keep track of who is doing business.

Dealers differ in different towns across the country. In Plovdiv, for example, taxi drivers of Roma origins are the most typical drug dealers. In Bourgas, every drug boss marks his men with a specific tattoo. Mythical animals and Oriental plants are the most frequent elements in the tattoos which designate the network and a member's position in the hierarchy. A survey cited in the report said that clients seem to distinguish the tattoos and are thus sure they are buying from the right person.

The third level in the hierarchy is occupied by those who supply the dealers with drugs and collect the money. 45 per cent of a dose of heroin, which is worth six leva in the streets of Sofia, go to the dealer, while 20 per cent go to the supplier.

The dealer has the right to go to another supplier, if his own has run out of heroin, but only within the frameworks of the "company," meaning all the suppliers working for the same boss. If the dealer gets the drugs from a source outside the region, he is said to have committed "shano" in the drugs lingo and should be severely punished.

Also on the third level of the hierarchy is the "mule," supplying drugs to the supplier. Taxi drivers or drivers delivering goods around shops are among the most frequently used "mules" since they would seem least suspicious. There are also huge storage houses containing the heroin for the month. It is believed that there are two or three such storage houses in Sofia.

The heads of regions come fourth in the hierarchy. The fourth level is extremely turbulent and has been constantly re-tailored. According to information collected from suppliers, police officers and special services, at present there are nine regions in the capital city each following the outlines of the corresponding regional police departments. This is not accidental. The head of a region is said to go after tacit agreements with the police who close their eyes in return for 10 000 to 20 000 leva per year.

The "black lawyers" are also consigned to the fourth level. They have typically worked as prosecutors, investigators or even judges. Thus their cases are distributed depending on the influence they have in different parts of the judiciary. There are about 20 such lawyers in Sofia, according to the report.

The hierarchy is also guarded by the so-called "punishing squads." Each and every regional boss is said to support a squad of three or four men who are in charge of discipline. They monitor the distribution of supplies and punish trespassing of territory. One or two of the squad also act as bodyguards to the boss. The penalties they resort to can be provisionally said to be three different types. The dealers or suppliers could be imposed a fine of hundreds to thousands of leva. Or they can be beaten up heavily. The third and most severe punishment is maiming - the offender might end up with both elbows or knees broken. The bones targetted are those that heal slowly or may not heal at all.

Each of the members in a punishing squad is said to receive a minimum of 300 leva a week plus extras, such as a mobile, a car, free treatment at the restaurants owned by the boss or he can have any of the prostitutes on the boss's contingent. The head of the squad receives 1500 leva a week.

The ultimate top of the hierarchy is occupied by the big shots. They have a stable "white" business with officially declared huge revenues. At the same time, however, their legal activities are related to grey and black business that provides for large-scale additional financial, organisational and human resources. This constant transition from white to grey to black makes it extremely difficult to reach the real bosses at the fifth level.

The late Kosio Samokovetsa, Zlatomir "The Beret" Ivanov and missing Meto Ilianski were said to be the three biggest sharks controlling the drug market in Sofia. After the death of Samokovetsa, Boiko Borissov named The Beak as Samokovetsa's most likely successor. Dembi is the next most frequently mentioned name. He is said to come immediately after The Beak in the hierarchy.

Redistribution and reshuffling in the business happens only if a boss has been dealt damages worth above $500 000 000 a year, Borissov said.





Synthetic drugs



The heroin market has plunged into a crisis since 2001, Bezlov said. A new phenomenon has appeared as of summer this year - synthetic drugs are trying to oust heroin. Borissov referred to the recently seized synthetic drug "picco." One kilogram of heroin is imported from Turkey for about 10 000 euro. At the same time, one of the most popular synthetic drugs, the picco, can be produced right here, before our eyes or in the garage of your grandmother's house. The raw materials for its production cost 3000 leva, while one gram of the picco costs 30 to 40 leva.

Interior Ministry data say that 12 laboratories for making synthentic drugs have been busted in the past two years. Little is known, however, of the turnover from synthetic drugs and about the people trading in them.

"We have intentionally let part of the production leave the country and enter neighbouring countries where these are caught and adequate punishments imposed," Borissov said.

The hierarchy on the synthetics market resembles the famous cocaine "sand-glass" structure, the report reads. The top is occupied by "the workers" - hundreds of people who receive cheap equipment, precursors and instructions to produce the drugs. The workers are followed by the "couriers" who deliver the precursors, sub-products and the ready amphetamine. Further down follow the people involved in the imports of precursors, and the chemists. Experts with the special services refer to a number of indications that some of the most prestigious chemists in Bulgaria have been approached to join, even against their will, the production of synthetic drugs. Those who have taken part in the development of the technology for the production of captagon have been paid particular attention. The murder of the daughter of one of Bulgaria's most famous chemists in the past is cited by the report as a piece of evidence in support of this observation.

The most narrow part in the "sand-glass" scheme is occupied by the big shots. Then the structure goes on to resemble that of the heroin market.





Soft drugs



Soft drugs users account for the largest share of drug users in the country. The amount of soft drugs (marijuana, hashish, cannabis) used in a year stands at about 4000 to 5000 kg, the report said. The retail price of a kilogram varies between 800 and 1000 leva, or a total of 3.2 million to five million leva. The soft drugs market, however, is still left slack of the control of the heavy heroin players. This market in particular is shared among petty dealers who buy from the producers and sell to regulars and friends.

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Re: An article about the Bulgarian mafia

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Kroum Pindoff (Bulgarian: Крум Пиндов) is a Bulgarian Canadian businessman[1] born in Greek Macedonia[2]and raised in Bulgaria. Pindoff participated in the Second World War as part of the Bulgarian army, and their allies the Germans. Later when Bulgaria joined the Allies, he fought against the German army. [3] He and Eva, his German-born wife, both survivors of the horrors of war, arrived in Canada in 1955 as immigrants with one single purpose in life: to make enough money to aid innocent victims of war.

Forming a company called Pindoff Record Sales in 1960, he began selling records on consignment to a variety of stores in Toronto. By 1970, Eva became the Founding President of Music World, a company formed to market a variety of music products. Today Music World consists of 110 outlets Canada-wide with over 1,000 employees. The couple celebrated 50 years of their marriage in the year 2000. They recently pledged five million dollars to the Red Cross to help landmine victims become survivors. As philanthropists, both Kroum and Eva contributed more than 20,000 food parcels to senior citizens in Bulgaria following the implosion of the Eastern Bloc in 1991. The Pindoffs recently built a home for 100 children in Orahavica, Gasinci, Croatia.


Even more recently, Music World Limited was sold, and is now being liquidated. All 110 of its Canada-wide outlets will close before February 2008 and over 1000 employees will lose their jobs without compensation.

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The bold. First my grandfather can relate to that. He was born in Drama and went to live and work in Bulgaria during the Greek civil war. Second Kaneff can relate to that xD

His family went to live in Austria in 1940 when he was 14

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Then at around 1950-55 he moved to Canada where and I'll post a video of this once I get the DVD, quote:

I came with only 5 dollars on a boat and then I spent those 5 dollars on a 100 meter taxi ride, and then after 9 months I built my first house.

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Re: An article about the Bulgarian mafia

Unread post by RONNIE » March 25th, 2009, 8:37 pm

Some pretty interesting stuff here, nice pictures.

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Re: An article about the Bulgarian mafia

Unread post by razbojnik » March 25th, 2009, 8:42 pm

RONNIE wrote:Some pretty interesting stuff here, nice pictures.
Thanks.

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Re: An article about the Bulgarian mafia

Unread post by RONNIE » March 25th, 2009, 8:58 pm

These guys were really big in the 90s, that Ilya Pavlov guy was a billionaire. They were working close with the state security like one of your articles says.

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RONNIE wrote:These guys were really big in the 90s, that Ilya Pavlov guy was a billionaire. They were working close with the state security like one of your articles says.
Illya Pavlov and MultiGroup(Bulgarian mafia, Bulgarian state security), along with the Serbian government, Serbian mob as well as the Russian mob and Russian government, is responsible for the car bombing and attempted assasination of Kiro Gligorov

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Kiro is from my town, and he's still living up to this day. When his limo got blown up, it took out his eye and killed his driver and a bunch of other people.

Why? He was for us breaking away from Belgrade and they knew our potential and the problems we can cause in the future.

Belgrade knew we'd go into coalition with Albanians because even in the 1980s there was tons of them in Western Macedonia and that could be bad for Kosovo, and it was, and it's bad for us. Besides that, they knew Montenegro might break away and Macedonia was sharing the borders with Albania.

Sofia, knew however, an independent Macedonia would be very bad for them. They knew Pirin Macedonia was ours and that basically makes up a sixth of the country's territory and about a tweleveth of the population, if we took it back lol that's bad, they don't want that.

Same goes with Greece. Why have they been so fucking oppressive in the past 100 years? LOL the Greek civil war, the Greek government was already in exhile so lol...

If America didn't interviene there, we would've taken over the country. Even though about 250,000 Aegean Macedonians exhiled during the war, my grandfather and his family being some of them, there's still about 2.2 million ethnic Macedonians there. That's a big chunk of Greece and a huge portion of it's tourism industry.

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Every group still is pretty much big. The only groups which didn't go through the communism to market economy gang war phase during the 1990s was the Italian mafia, Chinese mafia, Japanese mafia, Columbian drug cartels and Mexican drug cartels.

The Mexican drug cartels are going through that phase now. So is the Albanian mob, they weren't so big down here during the 1990s, but 2001 till now things have gotten heated everywhere. Of course, killings and bombings don't happen as much as they did in Serbia and Russia during the 1990s but they still happen alot.

Bulgaria didn't go through that phase as much as Serbia or Russia.

Bulgaria hasn't stablised yet. It's the same as the Albanian groups in Western Macedonia. It's just more...calm. Eastern Macedonia, never warfare, rarest as it could be. There would be more mafia related deaths in Monaco or Monte Carlo than there would here.

Russia finished their thang, so did Serbia. Over 10,000 mafia related murders from 1990 to 2000 and that's it, call it a day.

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The Bulgarian mob is a touchy thing, there's a bunch of known bosses and most of them are dead. How about the 50 bosses wiped out from 2003 to 2005? Their names? There's always a power struggle, every year or two things get uneasy...

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Unread post by CheGuevara » March 25th, 2009, 9:16 pm

in serbia, the serbian mafia reached their heights in the 1990s under milosevich because of his involvment in the drug and cigarette trade himself. he used the police to make deliveries and nobody checked them, it was a very effective technique, one probably used by the russians who probably schooled the serbs on how to do it.

milosevich, you cunt, i hope you read this from moscow or wherever you are right now, you're a fcuking cunt! :)

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CheGuevara wrote:in serbia, the serbian mafia reached their heights in the 1990s under milosevich because of his involvment in the drug and cigarette trade himself. he used the police to make deliveries and nobody checked them, it was a very effective technique, one probably used by the russians who probably schooled the serbs on how to do it.

milosevich, you cunt, i hope you read this from moscow or wherever you are right now, you're a fcuking cunt! :)
LOL he said he'll run over Macedonia with 2 tanks, I don't think the Serbs would've had the heart to do that to us. The Croats, Serbs and Bosniaks are the same friggin people, yet the Serbs were able to run them over...

Why wouldn't they touch us? I know we sent about 5,000 soldiers to Bosnia, well supposed to, the trains got stopped, but, lol, 50 of our soldiers still died. :/

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/390680/pr ... lub_fight/

That's what LOOOOL

Yeah it's always best for everyone to work together, politics, business and organized crime. In the eyes of some people, organized crime is actually a wing of intellegence gathering but nvm that.

The Serbs had their peak in the 1990s, now it's nothing.

Btw, Arkan is probably still alive. His murder was wierd because he usually has 300 bodyguards with him and when he didn't, at that time, and in a crowded hotel as well, he got shot? :/

Kinda looks fishy to me, like the disappearence of the guy in 2006. I asked him over and over what happened to him, he's like no one knows. I call BS! He's in some island and that's it.

Arkan pretty much had money in every single bank in the world. He left it all to Ceca. There's tons of private islands where he could've hidden. I doubt he's murdered and I doubt the US would keep him alive because they couldn't find him. That's BS. It's like a buggy IP tracking system, I'm in Stip, I just got banned on Vibe.to again, she figured my IP for Karpos, Macedonia when in fact I'm in Stip, 200 km difference. Same went with Topix and showing me as in Veles, Macedonia. WTF?!

If you don't find the right room in the right house, hell the right room is a matter of catching me and preventing New York from going boom, that's counterterrorism operations for you..

Johnny, you ever notice how government controlled firms always work out best, especially if they have military and intellegence agencies' personell in their higher ranks???

Gazprom and Lukoil are pretty god damn successful, one of the biggest companies in the world.

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Re: An article about the Bulgarian mafia

Unread post by CheGuevara » March 25th, 2009, 9:35 pm

he probably didnt die, he is probably hiding in russia with milosevich. i be fake my own death too if i was too popular in the eyes of the public, i mean you would get so tired of the famous life. think about it, needing guys EVERYWHERE you go. you cant step outside alone to just go for a walk or lay on the beach listening to music, you need an entire personnel with you.

i would have faked my death and gotten plastic surgery. its thesmart thing to do. america was coming down hard on every serbian war criminal responsible for the massacres in kosova, bosnia, croatia, etc...

anyway, felix osmani has interest in gazprom, big interests. ill try to find the source where i just read it an hour ago, i am fascinated by this guy just now... i dont know why, maybe because they call him don hamburgo lmaooo maybe there is an italian in germany called the burger king and they rival each other for drugs in the city.

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CheGuevara wrote:he probably didnt die, he is probably hiding in russia with milosevich. i be fake my own death too if i was too popular in the eyes of the public, i mean you would get so tired of the famous life. think about it, needing guys EVERYWHERE you go. you cant step outside alone to just go for a walk or lay on the beach listening to music, you need an entire personnel with you.

i would have faked my death and gotten plastic surgery. its thesmart thing to do. america was coming down hard on every serbian war criminal responsible for the massacres in kosova, bosnia, croatia, etc...

anyway, felix osmani has interest in gazprom, big interests. ill try to find the source where i just read it an hour ago, i am fascinated by this guy just now... i dont know why, maybe because they call him don hamburgo lmaooo maybe there is an italian in germany called the burger king and they rival each other for drugs in the city.
I told you, no matter what, we'll still end up on the same side somehow. :D

As for faking his death, he did that, plastic surgergy? Yep Arkan did that too. LOL @ Karadzic

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Unread post by CheGuevara » March 25th, 2009, 10:09 pm

you mean about the italian mobster being called the burger king?

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Unread post by RONNIE » March 26th, 2009, 5:59 am

You should be publishing a book about the Bulgarians with the material you collected razbojnik.
In the early 90s the Bulgarians had a solid share in the Balkan Route for drug trafficking. And it is normal you usually only get to know about these guys after they
have been arrested or killed. The Serbians have been crushed by "Operation Sable" after they killed their own prime minster. Thousands were arrested.


As for Milosevic or Arkan doing plastic surgery and hiding... Nah. I think I remember hearing these fags are living together incognito, dressed up as transvestites :lol:

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Illya Pavlov and MultiGroup(Bulgarian mafia, Bulgarian state security), along with the Serbian government, Serbian mob as well as the Russian mob and Russian government, is responsible for the car bombing and attempted assasination of Kiro Gligorov
What do Russian government have to do with Kiro Gligorov? lol what do Russians have to do with Kiro Gligorov?? From what I understand the Russians are not so involved in your Balkan mafia conflicts maybe I am wrong?

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Re: An article about the Bulgarian mafia

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VostokSila wrote:
Illya Pavlov and MultiGroup(Bulgarian mafia, Bulgarian state security), along with the Serbian government, Serbian mob as well as the Russian mob and Russian government, is responsible for the car bombing and attempted assasination of Kiro Gligorov
What do Russian government have to do with Kiro Gligorov? lol what do Russians have to do with Kiro Gligorov?? From what I understand the Russians are not so involved in your Balkan mafia conflicts maybe I am wrong?
LOL. I'll tell you the story one more time, the long haired guy killing my dad's ahem ex drill sargeant and his family in this video



Is the same guy who is a member of the Zemun clan and has ties to the Russian mafia(in 1995 when my dad was on a train to Belgrade, he met a Serbian guy who knew a wrestler in my town who knew my dad, he said the same long haired guy who shot and killed his son when he was sleeping because of some beef within the ranks at Zemun was the same guy who put the bomb under Kiro Gligorov's limo and had ties to the Russian mafia), at the order of the Russian government and mafia who is with Serbia on us not having independence at the time, and with the support of Illiya Pavlov of MultiGroup and the Bulgarian secret service, wanted to take out Kiro Gligorov because he strongly encouraged a seperate Macedonian state from Belgrade or Sofia.

Independece for us is bad for them(Bulgaria, Serbia, Russia) because:

1) Once we go independent, we can do whatever our politicians deem fit. This means we can propose nationalism and want to get Aegean Macedonia back from Greece(40 percent Macedonians, 40 percent Bulgarians, 20 percent Albanians, only thing keeping them Greek is the Onassis dynasty which in roots is Turkish and needs Greece under it's control for it's oil schemes to be covered behind cross border dispute politics and ethnic hatred, I'm guessing the Onassis dynasty also had blood links to the Koc family which owns Koc Holdings but whatever, Mite and them work alongside Onassis, Lukoil and Gazprom it doesn't really matter there are really no sides in business here)

2) This is bad for Serbia because it no longer has Macedonia under Belgrade's control, which means we are independent, which means the Americans can easily take us over not being under Serbian(Russian puppet state) control. This is also bad because they knew back then we had a large Albanian minority even then in the northwest part of the country close to Kosovo, and they knew us being independent the Albanians here could go in and back into Kosovo to help it break off. This is where the Americans came in to push and take Kosovo in order to be close to Russia. Basically by supporting Macedonian-Albanian coalition in both politics and business(heroin, prostitution), we're supporting Kosovo's independence and American neo-colonianism. With the Americans here and the Russians pushed back, the Albanians can do whatever the fuck they want and the Serbs are outfought and outnumbered.

3) This is bad for Bulgaria because we'll want Pirin Macedonia back. When it comes to politics, really the people are the only ones who keep anything from going down. One time two politicans are fighting and the other they're shaking hands, it's all a BS act. Bulgarian, Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian businessmen and politicians act like there's nothing up and have coffee and eat dinner together at luxurious resturaunts, I got to see a photo of Imer Selmani, Gorgi Ivanovski, Nikola Gruevski, Ljube Boskovski and Ljubomir Frckovski and others all sitting together at an expensive resturaunt having a thousand Euro plate of this and hundred Euro glass of that when they could've easily fed a 100 orphans. This is also bad for Bulgaria because it was under Russian control and with Macedonia independent, the CIA had an easier advantage to step in and help the EU take over aka American military bases in Bulgaria. Also, there's 1 million Turks in Bulgaria. They could take another piece of the country and the dispute with Greece we have means we'll side with Turkey in order to have a powerful ally when it comes to baring teeth.

4) This is bad for Russia because the closer the Americans get militarily...well that's not the point. They basically have an advantage to spreading American quasi-culture in Russia and having Russia's people not be so damn anti-American aka those pussies in Moscow.

5) Why is this bad for a country when Russia and America are the biggest allies?

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