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Bulgarian Police Bust Racketeering Ring

Crime | May 22, 2014, Thursday // 14:25| Views: 2274 | Comments: 10
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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Police Bust Racketeering Ring Photo by the press office of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry

Bulgarian police have dismantled a crime group involved in racketeering.

Ten members of the crime ring have been indicted by the specialized branch of the prosecuting authority.

The crime ring members were arrested in a special operation of the Chief Directorate National Police of the Interior Ministry managed by the specialized branch of the prosecuting authority.

Charges were pressed against Dimitar Vladimirov, Kaloyan Ivanov, Evgeni Evgeniev, Zlatomir Ivanov, Nikolay Nenov, Boris Todorov, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Genadi Velichkov, Veselin Mihaylov and Ventsislav Velichkov, according to a media statement of the prosecuting authority.

According to the evidence gathered so far, the activity of the crime ring started in 2012 and it was concentrated in the northwestern Bulgarian district of Montana.

The crime group forced agricultural workers to sell property and sign contracts for security guard services through threats and abductions and by destroying costly property, including setting cars on fire or breaking them.

Under a ruling of a prosecutor from the specialized branch of the prosecuting authority, the ten members of the crime ring were arrested for 72 hours.

Some of the members of the crime group are to be ordered remanded in custody by the Specialized Criminal Court.

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#10
Fear and Loathing - 28 May 2014 // 07:20:53

Why is it that everytime time a Russian mentions America, you can sense them choking and trembling in fear? Is Russian society that insecure?

#9
Warfou - 27 May 2014 // 15:40:22

Vladmir K: I am not sure if it is worth my time to discuss anything with such a rude person as you unfortunately are but if you mean trade embargos Russia has imposed on Poland and Lithuania because of our support for the Ukraine than I can inform you that we don't feel it at all. Poland has found new markets for its meats exports elsewhere. Polish GDP growth is speeding up reaching 3.5 % what is seven times more than that of your country. Please stop offending others, it gives your Russia a very bad mark.

#8
Vladimir K. - 27 May 2014 // 13:31:01

Yes, we all know those "poles", those "poles" who could not adapt to our way of living and always had to fight each and everything. And then bankrupted themselves by brainwassly going against our nation with "sponsor" from Amerika. Very bright indeed! Now you are still not recovering because of this corrupt puppet Donald Tusk.

About both Bulgarian and Polish corruption, only way to get rid of. Is by REVOLUTION!

#7
Warfou - 27 May 2014 // 11:38:29

The corruption known as "balkan disease" originates from Ottoman Empire and affected every country which was under their rule. I come to Bulgaria almost every summer and I can see progress in fighting this problem but still a lot needs to be done. BTW, I am not Bulgarian, I am Polish and I am writing from Warsaw. In Poland we used to have big problems with corruption following the collapse of communism but after so-called "Rywin Affair" in 2002, after which the post-communist socialdemocrats lost power forever, the situation cleared out and standards comparable to the north/west of Europe were reached.

#6
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman - 27 May 2014 // 08:20:02

Do you Bulgarians know how pathetic you sound when you blame being 500 years (or in your case 400) under Turkish rule?

Good grief! It was ages ago. Get over it. You have had years to establish a decent society.

Bulgarians blame every one else for their circumstance and never accept personal responsibility.

In my 8 years of living here I have found most Bulgarians lie rather than tell the truth about anything.

Having lived in several countries I can honestly say Bulgaria is the most corrupt and pathetic of them all.

#5
Warfou - 26 May 2014 // 12:17:03

I disagree that there is something like "nation's nature". Corruption evolves where it can find a "friendly environment". Should the English police had been underpaid for a long time like the Bulgarian, the corruption would be the fact also there. Although the UK is known for it's high level of legal culture one needs to say that it was achieved throughout the centuries of uinterrupted evolution. Bulgaria was occupied by Ottoman Turkey for 400 years, in that time the law meant a measure to control the occupied society. And this society hated the invaders and their regulations. The respect for law must go ahead with people's understanding that the law truly represents what they find just and what they need to live a better life.

#4
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman - 26 May 2014 // 05:53:46

To help you with your English grammar, here is an example of when to use the word infer

'You've got to watch your step with him.'
'What are you inferring?'
This is a typical error- the second speaker should use 'implying' as the first speaker is trying to say something about the man. The first speaker is implying that there's something dangerous, etc, about the man. The second speaker, who is receiving and processing the information, is inferring.:

'You've got to watch your step with him.'
'What are you implying?'

#3
bobski - 26 May 2014 // 00:41:53

C`mon to infer that a lot if not most police in Bulgaria are corrupt is just totally slanderous, there are a hell of a lot of police if not most ,who although poorly paid are as clean of corruption and do their job to the best of their ability.
I doubt that any police force in the world is totally clean ,a few bad apples are in every barrel as we all are aware.

#2
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman - 25 May 2014 // 22:03:22

You say” If the Bulgarian government PAID AND PROVIDED A PROPER PENSION FOR POLICE “

Pro rata our police are also paid a low salary. The big difference and I mean this! Bulgarians are corrupt by nature. English Police (in general) are not. I would not dream of offering an English Police officer a bribe for a speeding offence. If I tried that I would end up in prison. So your argument valid but please think about what I have said

#1
EDC - 25 May 2014 // 21:06:30

If the Bulgarian government PAID AND PROVIDED A PROPER PENSION FOR POLICE OFFICERS as is Normal in other EU countries then the Police may not rely so much on HAND OUTS from outside lets say the legal system.
I f they made it all most impossible to be worth accepting money from anyone even for a simple traffic offence then a lot more of the Criminals would be in courts ,fined jailed and the country a better place to live.
Also it should fall in line that any police officer /official working within the police were to be found TAKING MONEY OR GIFTS THEY WOULD BE DISMISSED WITHOUT SALARY OR PENSION .I would go further that anyone found to be involved should have their PASSPORT CANCELLED therefore not allowing them the ability to travel and collect the money they may gave moved outside of the country and all EU countries banks should comply by freezing accounts and all funds returned to Bulgaria as criminal assets .