Sofia Mayor Explains "Mob" Ties with Karate

Politics | March 11, 2007, Sunday // 00:00

Sofia Mayor Boyko Borisov explained for Darik News that his connections with Rumen Nikolov, dubbed Pashata, and Alexey Petrov were only because all were in the Bulgarian Karate Federation.

Nikolov was the president of the Federation, Petrov was a senior coach and I was the chair of coaches's council, Borissov said in light of the Congressional Quarterly article that stated he had business ties with mobsters.

"We did companies together to support the federation, but because we got in an argument with Alexey that was solely about sports, they haven't worked even a second, there is not a single dime in the accounting books or any activity or contracts," Borissov said. Nikolov, Petrov and I are athletes, coaches and sporting figures.

"It's nice to see that my humble persona is described as a gangster on one side and a major partner of US president George Bush," the mayor stated, adding that both statements were equally untrue.

Jeff Stein called Borissov a few days ago and the mayor in turn invited him to Sofia in a letter. "Whenever anyone wanted an interview from me, I have talked to them," Borissov said, adding that there wasn't a single thing people didn't know about him.

The GERB project is about to do away with the status quo, he explained. With the young people nominated as MEP candidates, we have humongous chances, I believe, Borissov boasted.

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