In a publication in Forbes, Frances Coppola, who follows the topic with the failed private Bulgarian lender Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB / CCB) has quoted in detail the documents’ investigation of Bivol in the scheme of the mass acquiring of media by Irena Krasteva and her son Delyan Peevski. Ms. Coppola’s article is pointedly titled: Bulgaria’s CorpBank: A Tangled Web Of Fraud.

The untangling of part of this web around Peevski’s media took months and was made possible due to a key document obtained upon request under the Access to Public Information Act (APIA) from the National Assembly (Parliament). The contribution of other media such as the site Mediapool, the newspaper Capital and our partners from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) was also very important in exposing the offshore ownership of the TV channel TV7.

Forbes cites two texts of Bivol: TV7 Ownership Tangled in Offshore Companies on Eight Levels and About the Short Memory of a Banker. Furthermore Bivol produced video graphics of the scheme to finance these media through connected companies. All publications preceded by months the crisis in CCB.

The full text of Ms. Copola’s article in Forbes can be found here.

*Bivol has corrected a statement in the second quoted article to make it clearer that Krasteva has bought out the shares of the company TC-IME in New Bulgarian Media Group, not the entire TC-IME. This statement now reads:

“Meanwhile, Krasteva had already become the sole owner of NEW BULGARIAN MEDIA GROUP HOLDING. On March 13, 2009, the Holding bought out all shares of TC-IME in the media empire and her connection with Vassilev was broken.”


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