It's the beginning of a rainy week in Sofia, according to the forecast. The clouds keep on gathering not only above the capital, but also above certain companies and people connected to the new "Poison trio" - the Bulgarian businessmen sanctioned by the US.
Gov't tells banks to keep distance from the US-sanctioned persons
Prime Minister Stefan Yanev warned today that financial institutions should be vigilant and stop transfers to Delyan Peevski, Vasil Bozhkov and Ilko Zhelyazkov, all of whom were sanctioned last week by the US as responsible for "significant corruption". This will be needed in order to keep state-owned and private companies free of sanctions, said Yanev. The caretaker government is still finalizing a list to include all businesses connected to Peevski, Bozhkov or Zhelyazkov and then it will need to figure out what to do with it.
Slavi Trifonov is not running to be MP
The leader of There is such a people' party, runner-up in the last election, announced on Facebook he will not be on the list this time. "My place is not there; my place is to bear responsibility for the people who are there and what they do. I can, of course, bear responsibility from another institution when the time comes," said the mystifying message. It is known that Trifonov has health issues, but he is yet to reveal his intentions after the elections.
Donor-trading scheme in Sofia state-run hospital
It turns out the health minister and the authorities of the previous government knew that people from the Middle East had been using falsified documents to receive transplants from Eastern European donors in Lozenets hospital in Sofia. Capital Weekly obtained information that Interpol has notified Bulgaria about that and the medical authorities had already gathered the false identities of those people by October last year. Yet no action was taken and no one was held responsible.