29/03/11 - www.bgpatriot.com - Is Slavi Binev a mobster? Did he buy his place in Ataka and the European Parliament?
29/03/11 - www.bgpatriot.com - Is Slavi Binev a mobster? Did he buy his place in Ataka and the European Parliament? In this article, I will tell you why I think Slavi Binev is among the first combatants against the organised crime and the criminalisation of the life in Bulgaria. This rightfully allows him to be a member of Ataka, regardless of the fact whether he has sponsored it. I will show you as well the dark moments of his past.

Until 1989 there was a strong presence of the Turkish mafia in Bulgaria, while officially we were ruled by the Communist mafia. It is a pure myth that the organised crime was under control during the communist regime. Unfortunately under control were only the ordinary peaceful citizens...
"Kintex" is a good example of how the organised crime was involved in establishing corridors for smuggling weapons and narcotics through Bulgaria. In 1971 an official letter to the then Minister of internal affairs Angel Tcanev, illustrated the willingness of both Bulgarian and Turkish ministers to discuss measures against the organised crime that supplies the Turkish terrorists with weapons in exchange of drugs. In the USA in a note addressed to magistrate Ilario Martela concerning the attack against John Paul II stated that the smuggling of weapons, heroin and cigarettes in Bulgaria is carried out by Turks. Ugur Mumcu publications reveal the activities of Abuzer Ugurlu and his brothers - Mustafa Sabri and Ahmad, as well as their close collaborators Chelahetin Gyuvensoy, Nadim Diskaya and Bekir Chelenk. Ugur Mumcu reveals the relationship between Bekir Chelenk and the member of the "Grey Wolves" Mehmet Ali Agca.
However, there is another, more interesting man, sought by Interpol, who hid himself in Bulgaria under the cover of the National Security - Ismet Shaban Turkmen (Old Fatik). His name is associated with the former Deputy Head of the First Main Department of National Security and with the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Luben Gotsev against whom the killed Georgi Stoev wanted to restify, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecution did not allow. Working with National Security until 1989, Shaban traded with weapons, drugs, amphetamine and stolen cars. The Syrian Kurd had the necessary connections and even imported embargoed petrol from Iraq to Syria.
If we talk about the Mafia in Bulgaria, we should definitely speak about Luben Gotsev, Ismet Shaban and his son Fatik Turkmen Shaban (the Grandmother), who renamed himself in Philip Pavlov Naydenov (the last two names are Ilia Pavlov's father). The insolence of Shaban in the production of amphetamine reached levels, that forced the United Nations in 1995 to send a note to warn Bulgaria and our "favourite" authorities to stop the production and supply of the Middle East with this stimulant.
After 1989 the "Former communists" wanted to turn public money into their private capital. The money was too much to be washed in the standard manner with commercial banks and insurance companies (as the former investigator from National Security Emil Kyulev did). Criminal gangs were established in order to conceal the movement of money. The gangs were supplied with money from the highest nomenclature (like Ognyan Doinov and Luben Gotsev) and run by former members and collaborators of National Security and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (as mentioned below Dimitar Ivanov - "collaborator" of Elijah Pavlov, Ivan Ivanov - "collaborator" of Ivo Karamanski). The face of these criminal groups became former sportsman and bodyguards of the nomenclature, helped by the Turkish mafia, which has long experience in criminal cases. Take for example fighter Ilia Pavlov - back in 1988 he is introduced in the business by Fatik, when Germany registered a case of trafficking in stolen cars against both. According to the indictment, they ordered the theft of luxury cars and ensured their smuggling through Bulgaria to the Middle East.

What we are told by the media and the government is that there is a war between Bulgarian beginner mobsters. In fact, neither money nor even the criminal business came from the wrestlers, boxers, etc. Their "business" began with red money, while the illegal activities were introduced by the Turkish mafia. Supported by the Bulgarian institutions, the newly born Bulgarian "mafia" and their Turkish counterparts, started to kill each other unpunished either because of personal conflicts, either for money, territory or influence in the underworld. The result was a terror over civilians and death primarily for the "cannon fodder" i.e. for former sportsman. There were some people who had the courage to declare openly that the authorities are linked to the organized crime. They announced that the state has made the sports a source of recruitment for gangs. Moreover those in power struggle not with "guards" but with their stickers and that those criminals are not anonymous, while their impunity kills the belief in legitimacy and in the prosecution. Finally, it was said that the problem is in our politicians, who lack the will to deal with criminality. Do you remember the media campaign, the power and the crime against them?

Let us remember:

* 1988 - The establishment of the first private club in martial arts Khan Asparuh. Among its founders are Slavi Binev and Prof. Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The Ministry of Internal Affairs "dissolves" it half a year after it was established.
Result: the first case of collaboration between Slavi Binev and Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

* 16 October 1993 - a fight between Ivo Karamanski and his 60 people against Slavi Binev and 30 karate trainers from the Sports Club "D'Eskrim". Slavi Binev is taken to the hospital, while 200 sportsmen from "D'Eskrim" occupy the base of Karamanski. On 17 October 1993 the police stormed the neighborhood and arrested 25 supporters of Binev.
Result: only Binev supporters were arrested.

* October 1993 - the Head of the Bulgarian Sports Federation Tsvetan Tsvetanov decided to create a civil association for self-defense from criminality called "Defense". The founding members are 54, while among the sportsmen (the "robbers" according to the testimony of Plamen Mitrev) are Slavi Binev and Borislav Tsvetkov (former rower). The statute of the "Security" says that is a reaction against the racketeering of militant security companies. "Security will have it for the sake of defenseless man in the name of children and adults who are unable to pay for security, but subject to vandal attacks," said Sami Tsvetanov.
Result: Slavi Binev and Borislav Tsvetkov were kidnapped and beaten. "Security" was presented in the media as another bully group. However, it should be noted that the court refused to accept its documents and the Ministry of Internal Affairs exercised pressure on Binev and Tsvetanov to close the association. Compare this with the smooth registration of VIS, SIC, First Private Militia, Multigroup, TIM, TRON and others from the "business"...

* 16 November 1993 - approximately 60 armed with firearms "fighters" attacked the sports complex "D'Eskrim", kidnap and beat Slavi Binev and Borislav Tsvetkov. BGN 300 000 are stolen from the cashier. The "attackers" Dimitar Dzhamov, Dmitrii Minev (The Russian) and Krasimir Marinov (Big Margin) were prosecuted nationwide accused for armed robbery. However, this does not prevent the "wanted" to escape to Greece.
Result: only three attackers out of 60 were sought and the announced nationwide prosecution does not stop them from crossing the border. The attacked and beaten are presented as "the same mobsters" and the next day the Ministry of Internal Affairs block Sofia to demonstrate that they have prevented a "gang war". The people of Binev act according to the law - they brought a case against armed robbery and kidnapping. The media presented all sorts of stories about the attack on "D'Eskrim": from a conflict for BGN 12 000 between a man from Multigroup and a man from Binev, who dealt with trade of tomatoes and cucumbers; to an electronic device for decoding car alarms (the latter is taken from testimony by Plamen Mitrev).

* 17, 19 and 22 November 1993 - Kidnaps and beatings between the people of Karamanski and VIS.
Result: the Media massively imposed the argument that this is the answer of the "tandem Karamanski-Binev" to the invasion of "D'Eskrim".

* 31 December 1993 - A powerful explosion almost blows away the outer walls of the Restaurant "Mirage".
Result: The media campaign continues with the previous argument, i.e. it was "yet another response" of the tandem Karamanski-Binev. Witnesses argued, however, that Fatik throws a grenade at the wall of the restaurant in alcoholic delirium. The same Fatik, who was embraced by Vasil Iliev in the restaurant. The fact is that none of the people from VIS, who had fun in "Mirage" called the police - this was done by the people living next door.

* 4 January 1994 - The assistant of Ivo Karamanski, Ivan Ivanov, told the newspaper "Trud": "He [Ivo Karamanski] has nothing to do with the association of karate, and the" Security ".
Result: The media lie about the tandem Karamanski-Binev was defeated. This proved the words of Binev that he has nothing to do with the fight between Karamanski and VIS.

* 5 January 1994 - The official opening of "Security" is publicly announced. It was never formally registered in court - the court did not accept the documents, while the Ministry of Internal Affairs inflicted pressure over its founders not to register it because it was with 'police related' structure.
During the opening Tsvetanov said: "...the attack on "D'Eskrim" was to frighten the association and its two founders - Slavi Binev and Borislav Tsvetkov, who were kidnapped. The Gangs saw the danger of creating a strong public anti-crime organization. The attempt to present "Security" as a think tank of racketeering is not accidental. Someone has political and economic interest to continue this lawlessness. Maybe we should extend the period of accumulation of the initial capital of the groups at the expense of "ordinary man"."
Result: In 1993 - 1994 the establishment of a semi-police organization was prevented, although "the First Private Militia" was registered and was distributing bully justice and even its name is 'police related'. Strange, bully organizations are not prohibited, while 'police related' are obstructed at a time when the police demonstrably is not doing its job ...

* 11 January 1994 - The Pazardjik 'militant' Brigade of Ivan Angelov (the Cobra) attacks one of the partners of Slavi Binev - Tzvetan Bozhkov, who lives in Sofia's neighborhood "Drujba". The attacked was able to summon help and the shooting resulted in killing three people from "Gardenia" (Pazardjik unit of VIS). Bozhkov was taken to the hospital of the Military Academy with several gunshot wounds. A few days before being discharged, Bozhkov died in unexplained circumstances. According to the operational data of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Vasil Iliev, his brother Georgi Iliev and Mladen Mihalev (Maggia) observed the bloody spectacle in "Drujba" from a Mercedes parked nearby.
Result: the above mentioned witnesses accused Rumen Rachev involved in the shooting - the last witness of the attack on "D'Eskrim", who did not yet reject his testimony. Based on the testimonies of the fighters, Rachev was arrested. The people from VIS conclude a deal with him - he withdrew his statement about the kidnapping of Slavi Binev and the missing BGN 300 000. They in turn withdrew their evidence against him. With this, the nationwide prosecution of Dimitar Dzhamov, Dmitrii Minev (The Russian) and Krasimir Marinov (the Big Margin) was dropped.

* 12 January 1994. - The shooting in front of the casino "Sevastopol" - owned by Ivan Ivanov (partner of Ivo Karamanski). Mladen Mihalev (Maggia) is shot.
Result: beret troops invaded the offices of VIS and Ivo Karamanski.

* On the evening of 12 January 1994 - the berets Marin Chanev and Georgi Georgiev were shot in front of the apartment of Ivan Ivanov in the neighborhood "Belite Brezi". Through the media, the berets openly accuse the bosses of the police to be in connection with the Mafia. They ask why senior policemen went to the owner of the casino "Sevastopol" to convince him to keep Karamanski's people under control. There is no response, but on the funeral of the murdered, 160 of their colleagues, commandos, do not allow representatives of the police.
Score: After Slavi Binev and Tsvetanov the berets are the following, who dare to accuse directly the powerful (in particular the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the police) in connection with organized crime.

* 30 August 1994 - Professor Tsvetan Tsvetanov is murdered.
Result: shortly after SIC, which starts a war between them and VIS. The shootings and bombings become like in a gangster war, which together with the manipulation of the media and the ones in power after November 16 1993 crush the desire for civic association against crime.

* 13 March 1995 - In 1995 Zhan Videnov asked Ilia Pavlov to help in gaining control over the "gangster war". Then Dimitar Ivanov, vice president of Multigrup and former head of the Sixth Division of the National Security, wrote an article published on behalf of Ilia Pavlov in the newspaper (13 March 1995). This confirmed the mutual understanding of Dimitar Ivanov and Zhan Videnov for the "groups of fighters, karate and ninja".
Result: mythic thesis are imposed that during the Communist regime there was no organized crime (?) and the sportsman from small criminals, gained capital by illegal activities, merged and became "organized crime". In fact, the organized crime, present in our media is created by politicians and former agents From National Security. Evidence of this are the links of Ilia Pavlov with politicians like Andrei Lukanov, Ventsislav Dimitrov, Ginyo Ganev. He was sponsored by Multigrup and the political parties BSP and SDS. Lack of mob mentality (to act disguised) and the sense of impunity shape the bully behavior of sportsmen, which makes them visible. The worst criminals, however, remain people like Luben Gotsev and Ognian Doinov and the money launderers Emil Kyulev, Dimitar Ivanov and Ivan Ivanov.

* 25 April 1995 - Vasil Iliev was shot while going to a meeting with Slavi Trifonov. For the funeral the police closed the road Sofia-Kyustendil and the city of Kyustendil lowered black flags from windows.
Result: Witness of this lawlessness comment: "each country has a mafia, but only in Bulgaria, the mafia has the country". Rendered honors and attention to former wrestler prove what Slavi Binev and the already killed Tsvetanov once said - the powerful support and work with the organized crime.

* 10 October 2000 - Georgi Iliev together with a dozen armed men enter BIAD and after a verbal exchange, beat BIAD's owner Slavi Binev. The beatings are repeated vandalism for a year and a half by Georgi Iliev, after which Binev forbids him to enter in BIAD. This clearly angered the so far unpunished people from VIS and caused another invasion and several fist applied to Binev on 10.10.2000. For the beating Iliev was kept in custody for one night, then he was released on BGN 1000 warranty. After more than three years of struggling, sudden refusal of witnesses on their testimony, etc. Binev still managed to lead at least to finish the work. On January 10 2004, the Sofia Municipality Court confirmed the verdict of the Sofia Regional Court. Iliev was found guilty of causing minor injury and not guilty of hooliganism (it was caused by Binev's attack).
Result: this is the first case of a convicted top criminal, of which I know. The sentence is symbolic - a fine of BGN 700, BGN 1200 compensation for moral damage caused to Binev, and BGN 1355 court costs. For me this is one of the first victories of the law over crime in Bulgaria.

Here I put some material showing the position of Slavi Binev (and of Tsvetanov):

* "We wanted to save the sport, which became a recruitment source for gangs - Newspaper Trud, 21 January 1994.
* "To be a mug today is not heroic" - Newspaper Trud, 01 April 2003.
* "VIS former boss Georgi Iliev escaped a fine for the beating in BIAD" - Newspaper Dnevnik, 15 May 2003.
* "The feeding ground of evil is the inaction of good" - Magazine Tema, Issue. 20 of 2003
* "We became prisoners of fear" - Newspaper Trud, 10 October 2003.
* Open Letter to the powerful on the occasion of impunity of criminals.

The fact is that Slavi Binev is quite rich, and as we know, the first million is always questionable. The fact is that Slavi Binev knows a lot of sportsmen, who entered the underworld. He is controversial and contradictory person, but is the first to oppose the gangsters, most importantly - legally. Binev is blamed to be a gangster who just broke up with the first criminal world and passes to the light. However, Binev is different from the gangsters even though he is perceived to be one of them. Only against him there is a synchronous response from:

* Underworld - Binev did not attack them, the only aggression came from them.

* The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the judiciary:
They do not register the "semi-police" organization "Security," but register semi-militant organizations such as VIS and SIC First Private Militia;
On the one hand the Ministry "leaves" nationally prosecuted mugs to leave our borders and believes wholeheartedly in the words of the mugs, who were present at the fighting, and - in case of video recordings, and overwhelming evidence, the accused is released on a minimum guarantee and the years long case ends with minimum penalties;
At a time when the United Nations sends sharp warning notes on the activities of Fatik, the Ministry invade and check the restaurants of Binev.
* The media - constantly repeated that Binev is from the mafia because he is attacked or beaten by them, or because they know each other (although, being sportsmen, it is normal to do so).

However, in misty time when there is no pure business, there is no way the one of Binev to be clean. The negatives towards him are two types:

1. His night entertainment establishments are places where prostitutes are hired and drugs are consumed. There were several police raids on Binev places, as only one was registered to have "positive" results:
On 31 August 2002, the Ministry of Internal Affairs conducted a special operation in BIAD related to the investigation on trade and use of drugs. In the operation there were officers from the National Directorate and the Sofia Directorate, guards (?), Economic and traffic police, and firemen (?), an ambulance, and as well dogs from the Customs Agency. Checked were 127 people - visitors and working there. 13 of them had no identity documents (among them there were two temporary residents and a minor strip dancer). Case was filed on violence and depravity. There were hookahs found for the use of soft drugs - marijuana and hashish, and samples were taken for examination. A box of 4 empty packages with white powder was found next to the toilets and the testing revealed that it is cocaine. A case is registered (?). The luxury cars of the visitors parked in front BIAD were also checked. Irregularities were not found. The economic police identified deficiencies in the documentation of the restaurant. Violations of fire safety requirements were registered - fine was issued.
Warning - the Ministry of Internal Affairs issued a file against the prostitution, marijuana, hashish and the white powder, which the tests revealed to be cocaine. What is this?? Should not the owner of the restaurant be arrested and be denied relief? Funny how having the above findings, Slavi Binev was not arrested or prosecuted ...

2. Allegations by his former employees or others that had contact with him:
* A scandal with pictures of crucified naked woman and nuns-strippers. The pictures were made in the former strip bar "Abbot" after Binev sold it.
* Julian Ignatov, a former partner of Slavi Binev, blamed Binev for the explosion of his car on 20 February 2006 and allegedly sued (Sofia Regional Prosecutor's Office, № 8814 / 21.02.2006g.). Binev lawyers deny that there is such a case.
* Due to the articles published in the newspaper Standart, the unchecked lies of Julian Ignatov (the above mentioned photos, accusations of bombings and arson, as well as threats and cutting of ears), Slavi Binev brought a case against the newspaper.
* On 02 March 2006, Konstantin Alexandrov makes a signal against Slavi Binev for fraudulent credit cards. The complaint was filed by the prosecution under the number 1297 / 03.02.2006. BNB would initiate an investigation, but the results are not visible...

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