Prosecutor launches inquiry into payments made to Kalin Mitrev, subsequently appointed to board of London-based EBRD bank

Bulgaria has ordered an investigation following revelations by the Guardian and other media partners that Azerbaijan operated a secret $2.9bn fund used to lobby influential Europeans and to funnel money offshore.

Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said he was launching an inquiry into Kalin Mitrev, Bulgaria’s representative to the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Mitrev received at least €425,000 (£390,000) from the scheme, which has been nicknamed the Azerbaijani Laundromat.

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