Leaked recordings that appear to feature two senior Bulgarian magistrates have once again drawn attention to the country’s judiciary, lack of separation of powers, and questionable adherence to rule of law.
The founder and leader of Bulgaria’s ultranationalist party Ataka (Attack), Volen Siderov, and a fellow legislator from the same party were arrested Tuesday in an unprecedented move by the country’s law enforcement.
The Kalashnikov machine guns used in the terror attacks in Paris last Friday were manufactured in Bulgaria, reports Bulgarian National Television (BNT).
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has issued a call to the Bulgarian Prime Minister to protect reporters at investigative journalism center Bivol, an OCCRP partner based in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Bulgaria’s biggest cities and major thoroughfares have been blocked every day this week by rallies of police employees protesting proposed cuts to their social benefits.
Australian authorities have arrested two men in Brisbane for an alleged attempt to transfer money stolen from Australian cash machines to Bulgaria.
Chaos reigned this week in the aftermath of two key polls in Bulgaria in which senior politicians alleged widespread foul play and vote-counters complained of being held hostage for up to 48 hours.
Explosions and loud gunfire rocked a neighborhood in the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Thursday morning, close to the city’s downtown area.
Several high-profile hearings coincided with a visit to Bulgaria by the director general of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), Giovanni Kessler, who criticized the country yet again for not taking enough concrete actions to tackle corruption.
A number of Bulgarian mainstream media outlets have mounted an unusually rigorous smear campaign against investigative journalism website Bivol.bg, an OCCRP partner.
An Afghan man was shot and killed late Thursday evening on the Bulgarian-Turkish border in the first such deadly incident on a European Union (EU) border since the beginning of the refugee crisis.
Reporters Without Borders has condemned an apparent smear campaign against Atanas Chobanov, editor of the Bulgarian investigative reporting website Bivol.bg, an OCCRP partner.
Romania’s National Anticorruption Department (DNA) raided the offices of the country’s Agency for Payments and Intervention in Agriculture (APIA) this week, arresting several of its former bosses.
Bulgaria’s alleged ‘Cocaine King’ Evelin Banev, alias Brendo, has made a surprising appearance in a Sofia courtroom, dispelling media reports that he had left the country.
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry has launched an ambitious new scheme to prevent and combat corruption in the police force through a set of wide-ranging measures from compulsory property declarations to lie detector tests and integrity testing.
Bulgaria’s National Assembly has shot down a piece of legislation that would help fight corruption at the country’s highest level upon a first reading of the bill.
Hungarian police will send special border patrol units to its southern border with Serbia to stop a stream of predominantly Syrian refugees from entering the country.
Bulgarian former intelligence chief, General Kircho Kirov, has been sentenced to ten years in prison for embezzlement.
Israeli Deputy Speaker of Parliament Oren Hazan of the ruling Likud Party and several of his relatives have ties to a Bulgarian resort hotel connected to organized crime and to a casino in that hotel, an investigation by OCCRP partner Bivol reveals.
Serbian police have arrested 15 alleged members of an organized people-smuggling group.
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