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Examples of our work / Arbeitsproben

Australian Tycoon's Cash Trail in Bulgaria (News Corp)

Just as former Australian politician and billionaire businessman Clive Palmer decided to splash out on a luxury Mediterranean cruise, a News Corp investigation revealed a Bulgarian connection in the millions of dollars taken out of Queensland Nickel's coffers before it went bust. The investigation probed the Bulgarian man gifted $ 7.6 million of Queensland Nickel's money -  Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer's father-in-law Alexander Sokolov. Milena Hristova found out what happened on the ground in Bulgaria as liquidators in Australia were trying to claw back $106 million taken out of Queensland Nickel's coffers.

Honey Trap for Aussie in Bulgaria (News Corp)

Australian man John Zahariev, who was found guilty by a Bulgarian court of terrorism offence and jailed for four years in June 2017,  claimed he had been set up by police provocateur. Milena Hristova approached his supporters, according to whom he had been snared in a “honey-trap” set by a glamorous blonde shooter, who accompanied him on one of his trips.

Bulgaria Jails Aussie on Terror Charges (News Corp)

Australian man John Zahariev has been found guilty by a Bulgarian court of terrorism offences and sentenced to four years in jail.  The Sofia Special Criminal Court found Zahariev, 21, guilty of training as a terrorist with the intention of carrying out a terrorist act. He was ordered to spend four years in a Bulgarian jail — half the maximum sentence for this offence under Bulgarian law. His mother Anne Ngo, who is fighting cancer, was in court. Milena Hristova reported from Sofia for News Corp Australia Network.

Palfreeman: 10 Years at Sofia Prison (Daily Telegraph)

An interview with Australian Jock Palfreeman, sentenced to 20 years in jail for murder in Bulgaria. He has already served half his sentence and is eligible for parole in December, but does not believe he will be released. Fixer: Milena Hristova    

The Balkan Route (SRF)

Swiss Public Radio on the situation of refugees in Bulgaria, part of a special emission on the Balkan route. Fixer: Milena Hristova

Minderheiten in Europa: Die Pomaken in Bulgarien

Zwischen den Rhodopen und dem Piringebirge in Südbulgarien prägen in manchen Bergdörfern Moscheen statt Kirchen die wunderschöne Landschaft. Hier leben geschätzte 200.000 bulgarische Muslime, auch Pomaken genannt. Dimiter Muftieff begleitete das RBB-Team bei einer Hochzeit dieser Minderheit und erkundete, wie sich Sprache und Kultur erhalten konnten.

Bulgaria - Shift towards Russia? (Monocle 24)

In November 2016 Bulgaria elected Rumen Radev, a former air force commander, as its new president; he’s called for fewer sanctions on Russia and says that being pro-European doesn’t mean being anti-Russian. Milena Hristova commented how a political outsider suspected of pro-Kremlin leanings got elected despite the best recommendations of the establishment and why it’s not just the US where this is the new norm.

Phil Collins: Secret Revealed in Bulgaria (Daily Mail)

As English rock star Phil Collins published his memoirs "Not Dead Yet" in October 2016, the identity of a man who played a pivotal part in his story, but was kept secret for more than 40 years, was uncovered in Bulgaria. Michael Burberry, scion of the world-renowned Burberry fashion design family, is the mysterious man the rock star's first wife Andrea had an affair with during her disturbing marriage. Milena Hristova found Mr Burberry enjoying a Bohemian lifestyle in sunny Bulgaria. 

World’s Most Impractical Buildings? (FT)

FT writers, including Milena Hristova in Bulgaria, were invited to choose nine buildings across the world that, in their view, feature “inhuman” designs. Along with J Edgar Hoover Building in Washington DC,  Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi in Rome, Nehru Place in New Delhi, the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Mogamma in Cairo, Shinjuku Station in Tokyo and the Barbican in London, the National Palace of Culture in Sofia "made it" into the ranking too. 

Urlauber-Abzocke am Goldstrand (Kabel Eins)

Dimiter Muftieff war für die Sendung "Achtung Abzocke" (Kabel Eins) am Schwarzen Meer unterwegs. Am Badeort Goldstrand ist er zusammen mit Moderator Peter Giesel und seinem Team Betrügern, die es auf Touristen abgesehen haben, mit versteckter Kamera auf den Leim gegangen.

UK's Worst Landlord Tracked in Bulgaria (The Times)

North London landlord Katia Goremsandu has been dubbed the UK’s worst landlord after topping a list compiled of landlords and letting agents who have received convictions for housing offences. 

Milena Hristova found out she is a Bulgarian and tracked the Bulgarian connection  right down to her closest relatives living in Bulgaria. At the time of the investigation Goremsandu, 64, was convicted a total of 7 times, with fines issued to her accumulating to £16,565. 

Grenzland - Vom Baltikum zur Akropolis (RBB)

Von Norden nach Süden, von Narva in Estland bis nach Athen in Griechenland. Eine Reise zu den Menschen diesseits und jenseits der Außengrenze der Europäischen Union. Ein "Roadmovie" auf den Straßen des neuen und alten Europa. In Bulgarien hat Dimiter Muftieff das RBB-Team als Producer betreut.

Revealed: New Clues in UK Woman Rape, Murder    (Daily Mail)

Jan Bennett, 67, from Bristol, was attacked and killed on August 1 2015 in the village of Malomir, south-east Bulgaria, where she had moved two months earlier. As prosecutors in Bulgaria were seeking the most “severe” sentence against the man accused of raping and murdering the British woman, Milena Hristova investigated the cruel crime on the ground. Less than a month after the suspect Ivan Georgiev, 41, was sentenced, he took his own life in prison. 

Investigating UK Teacher's Death in Bulgaria                (Daily Mail)

British teacher Ethan McKen, 24, died on August 8 2015, just hours after arriving at the Bulgarian holiday resort of Sunny Beach and going for a swim. Milena Hristova reported from Bulgaria for the Daily Mail, contacting witnesses, lifeguards on the beach, sources at the police, the local medical center and the toxicology department. 

Refugees Crossing Bulgaria - EU's External Border (Hospodářské noviny)

The exodus of Syrians to Europe has fueled worries over security and control at EU's external border in Bulgaria. An investigation by Hospodářské noviny and Aktuálně.cz probed how Bulgaria, situated on one of the three primary migration routes, deals with attempts to be converted into a transit point for illegal migrants and jihadist fighters from both sides. Fixer: Milena Hristova

Roma Beggars: From Bulgaria to Sweden              (Sveriges Television SVT)

Zlatka is one of a growing number on Roma migrants, who beg on the streets of Stockholm, challenging Sweden’s reputation as one of Europe’s most tolerant and welcoming nations. A team of  Sveriges Television SVT tracked down Zlatka's family in Bulgaria, in a village close to the Danube town of Vidin on the border with Romania. A region that should have good conditions for trade, tourism and agriculture has been turned into the poorest region in the EU after the fall of the communist regime. The Swedish journalists found no evidence that the begging was organized, other than in the form of a family trip.  Fixer: Milena Hristova 

The Dublin Pitfall

“The Dublin Pitfall” is a documentary addressing the consequences of the Dublin Regulation on Syrian refugees in Europe. The film narrates the stories of five Syrians who fled for their lives but experienced worse conditions in their host country, Bulgaria. Added to that are the limitations imposed on them by European regulations, known as the Dublin Regulation. Produced and directed by Rime El Jadidi, a journalist based in Casablanca, Morocco. Fixer: Milena Hristova

Wahlen im Zeichen einer Gaspipeline (SRF Tagesschau)

Sofias Guerilla-Künstler (Arte TV)

Destructive Creation nennt sich eine Gruppe von einem guten Dutzend junger Künstler in Sofia, sie sind zwischen 17 und 28 Jahren alt. Sie wollen die Stadt verändern mit ihren Kunstaktionen, im Schutze der Nacht, verborgen vor den Blicken der Ordnungskräfte. Dimiter Muftieff hat sie aus der Anonymität herausgelockt und zusammen mit den Kollegen von Arte TV in ihrer geheimen Werkstatt in Sofia besucht.

 

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Bulgaria - Good Country, Bad State

(Helsingin Sanomat)

Taking a snapshot of today's Bulgaria through the eyes of an ordinary man from the town of Pravets, place of birth of Bulgaria's former communist dictator, Todor Zhivkov. That was the third meeting of Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat with Vasil Ivanov over a period of 20 years.

 

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Self-Immolations: Bulgarians' Cry of Despair

(Helsingin Sanomat)

Dimitar Dimitrov is one of dozens desperate Bulgarians who set themselves ablaze in poverty-stricken Bulgaria and the only one to survive. The cries of despair however failed to move rulers.

 

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Bulgaria: De-population on a Massive Scale

(Helsingin Sanomat)

Bulgaria has been hit hard by years of migration and demographic decline, leaving dozens of villages literally with few or no people living there.

 

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Die Donau - Reise in ein unbekanntes Europa

(SRF)

Für die sechsteilige SRF-Dokumentation „Die Donau“ war Dimiter Muftieff zusammen mit dem Schweizer Fersehmoderator Urs Gredig auf „Entdeckungsreise in ein unbekanntes Europa“. Entlang der bulgarischen Donauküste haben wir einige faszinierende Geschichten gesammelt, die spannende Einblicke in das Leben und den Alltag der Menschen in der ärmsten Region Europas geben. mehr...

Bulgaria-Jailed Aussie Trial in Bulgaria 

A detailed coverage for Australia's leading media of the trial against Jock Palfreeman. sentenced to 20 years in jail for murder in Bulgaria.

 

The happy and promising life of 20-year-old law student Andrei Monov was cut short brutally in the early hours of December 28, 2007 after he was fatally stabbed by Sydney man Jock Palfreeman in a street brawl in the center of Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

 

The lives of the two families from Bulgaria and Australia were devastated after the murder and they clashed in court in a desperate search for justice.

 

Palfreeman was sentenced to 20 years after a Bulgarian court found him guilty of murder with hooliganism and attempted murder in late 2009. The Sydney man later lost his jail appeal.

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Die Blocks der Blinden

(NDR)

In einem Industriegebiet am Rand von Sofia leben etwa 500 blinde Menschen im Elend.

 

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Die Kinder aus den Heimen

(Arte)

In den Zeiten des Sozialismus empfahl der Staat den Eltern, Kinder mit Problemen ins Heim zu geben – jetzt endlich werden sie daraus befreit.

 

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Die Blutdealer von Sofia

(Berliner Zeitung)

(Dradio Wissen)

Wer in Bulgarien Spenderblut braucht, muss dafür ein halbes Monatsgehalt zahlen. Eine Mafia kontrolliert den Schwarzmarkt.

 

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Die ärmste Region der EU

(ARD Europamagazin)

Ganz Europa schaut auf die krisengeschüttelten Länder Griechenland und Spanien. Unbemerkt kämpft die ärmste Region Europas ums Überleben: der nordwestliche Zipfel Bulgariens.

 

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Der virtuelle Bankraub

(Spiegel TV Magazin)

Mit immer ausgefeilteren Methoden werden Bankautomaten manipuliert, um anschließend mit gefälschten Karten die Konten ahnungsloser Kunden abzuräumen. Dahinter stecken häufig bulgarische Skimming-Banden.

 

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Der letzte Kubaner in Bulgarien

(SRF)

Fernando Diaz kam Anfang der achtziger Jahre ins unbekannte Bulgarien. Zusammen mit tausenden von Gastarbeitern sollte er beim Aufbau des Atomkraftwerks Belene helfen. Dann kam die Wende. Bulgariens Wirtschaft brach zusammen und die Arbeit am AKW wurde eingestellt. Heute sind die anderen Arbeiter längst weggezogen. Nur Fernando Diaz ist geblieben.

 

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Die Glöcknerin von Alexander Newski

(Euranet)

Die Bulgarin Maria Subowa hat sich im Rentenalter noch einen Herzenswunsch erfüllt: Sie wurde Glöcknerin der berühmten orthodoxen Kirche "Alexander Newski" in Sofia. An Feiertagen läutet sie nun bis zu zwei Stunden lang die Glocken des Gotteshauses.

 

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Der Exodus der Ärzte

Jeden Tag verlassen zwei bulgarische Ärzte ihre Heimat in Richtung Westen. Sie fliehen vor den miserablen Zuständen und unwürdigen Gehältern an bulgarischen Krankenhäusern. Für viele führt der Weg nach Deutschland. mehr...

 

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Schwarzmeerküste: Hotels zu verkaufen

Die bulgarische Schwarzmeerküste galt vor der Krise als Geheimtipp für Anleger. Doch jetzt geben dort verlassene Baustellen und halbleere Hotels ein trauriges Bild ab. Hotelbesitzer, die kurz vor dem Beginn der Krise in der Hoffnung auf schnelle Gewinne in große Anlagen investierten, sind enttäuscht. Wachsende Schuldenberge zwingen sie zum Notverkauf. Die Preise haben den Boden erreicht, meinen Immobilienhändler und werben Käufer an.

 

Artikel lesen (Die Presse)

Die nationalistische Partei "Ataka" wirft den ausländischen Stromkonzernen in Bulgarien vor, Milliardengewinne ins Ausland geschafft zu haben. Sie denkt deshalb offen über eine Nationalisierung der Unternehmen nach.

 

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EU-Kommissar Hahn: "Bulgarien muss in allen Bereichen investieren"

Johannes Hahn, EU-Kommissar für Regionalpolitik, sieht in Bulgarien keinen Betrug mit EU-Fördergeldern mehr. Das Land hat allerdings Schwierigkeiten, überhaupt das volle Ausmaß möglicher EU-Gelder abzurufen.

 

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Bulgaria's Passion for Dilma Rousseff

(BBC Brazil)

The citizens of Gabrovo, a hard-luck but endearing Bulgarian town at the foot of the central Balkans, where the father of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was born, have been caught up in the excitement of the newly found notoriety.

 

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John the Baptist Relics - Epoch-Making Archaeology Find

(Globo TV)

Bulgarian archaeologists' discovery of relics purported to be John the Baptist turned into a huge sensation, provoking both interest and skepticism. A team of Brazilian TV channel Globo TV set off on a trip for St. Ivan Island, off Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, where the remains were found.

 

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Bulgaria's European Commission Nominee Bites the Dust

(Handelsblatt)

Bulgarian commissioner-designate Rumiana Jeleva flopped at a hearing in the European Parliament and abandoned her candidacy. That was a heavy blow to the national pride, the country's image, the recently installed center-right government and last, but not least the European People's Party.

 

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