Scandalous Bulgarian Journalist Bobi Tsankov Shot Dead in Sofia in Broad Daylight
Controversial Bulgarian radio and TV shows host Bobi Tsankov was murdered by two unknown attackers in downtown Sofia Tuesday noon.
30-year-old Tsankov and two other men, who are believed to have been his bodyguards, were shot at close to the St. Nedelya Cathedral – between the Samuil Str. and the Alexander Stamboliyski Blvd, in front of a branch of CIBank, near a KFC restaurant.
Bobi Tsankov is a known as a controversial journalist with a criminal record and a suspended sentence for frauds that he mostly committed in 2000-2005 by tricking firms into paying him for radio advertising and then broadcasting no ads at all. More information on the biography of Bobi Tsankov READ HERE.
Yet, according to various reports in the Bulgarian media, Tsankov was about to follow the steps of Bulgarian mafia stories writer Georgi Stoev by making important revelations about organized crime in Bulgaria. Stoev was shot dead in Sofia in April 2008. Many have already drawn parallels between the murders of Georgi Stoev and Bobi Tsankov.
Recently, Tsankov started to publish articles in the low-profile tabloid Weekend about his experience with leading Bulgarian criminal bosses. At the very end of December, he published a book called “The Secrets of the Mutri” (“mutri” - Bulgarian gangsters”) in which he claims to have been very close with top criminal bosses Konstantin Dimitrov, aka Kosyo Samokovetsa (killed in Amsterdam in 2003) and Anton Miltenov, aka The Beak (killed in Sofia in 2005), and to helped to Sofia drug lord Metodi Metodiev, aka Meto Ilienski acquire a fake passport and leave the country faking his own kidnapping and murder.
Several attempts are known to have been made on Bobi Tsankov’s life since 2003.
In November 2003, a bomb went off in a building in the centre of Sofia at the Neofit Rilski and Tsar Asen Str. The bomb was placed in front of the apartment of the parents of the controversial radio anchor Bobi Tsankov. The family of Tsankov was home during the blast but no one was injured.
Tsankov was allegedly linked to the attempted murder on 35-year-old Vanya Chervenkova that filed a claim against him. Chervenkova has brought a lawsuit against Tsankov, claiming that she had paid the radio anchor some BGN 50 000 for advertising. However, Tsankov never broadcasted any ads of Chervenkova's mineral water brand.
In 2004, he was injured in an evident attempt on his life when a hand-made bomb exploded in front of his home. The name of Bobi Tsankov, once host at a local radio, was involved in a suit against him upon charges of blackmailing. According to unofficial information, investigation has spread over probable links with underworld boss Anton Miltenov, dubbed the Beak who was murdered in Sofia in July 2005.
In 2006, Bobi Tsankov got a three-year suspended sentence with a five-year trial period on fraud charges. Nearly 100 complaints had been filed at the Economic Police by citizens who claim the journalist incurred them financial losses.
In November 2009, Bulgarian Police arrested drugs kingpin Stefan Bonev, known as Sako in Sofia after he chased former radio host Bobi Tsankov through the streets of the capital in his car. Sako is also reported to have made previous threats against Tsankov’s life. Tsankov called the police while being chased.
Tsankov said that he had been chased in his car from the South Park in Sofia to the traffic lights in the City Center from where he managed to escape. He alleged Sako was attempting to stop him writing about another famous mafia boss Metodi Metodiev a.k.a. Meto Ilienski being alive when he was thought by the authorities to be dead.
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