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What happened to Bulgaria’s largest builder?

What happened to Bulgaria’s largest builder?

Veliko Zhelev, the boss of infrastructure giant Hirdrostroy, was briefly arrested last week for harassing an employee. Is there more to this story than meets the eye?




The week: Goodbye to the euro, see you again sometimes?

The week: Goodbye to the euro, see you again sometimes?

Is the euro coming at all, the Russian assets in Bulgaria are in for a freeze, trouble at the European prosecution


The week: The public shaming of Sofia continues, Record wage growth, A slap from across the Danube

The week: The public shaming of Sofia continues, Record wage growth, A slap from across the Danube

K Insights Weekly Newsletter 17/02


The new Magnitsky sanctions for Bulgaria: Who has been named and why

The new Magnitsky sanctions for Bulgaria: Who has been named and why

The US continues its anti-corruption pressure in tandem with the UK, by adding two former ministers, two former MPs and an energy official to the list


The week: A tragedy worth uniting for, Plovdiv mayor announces independence and the US ambassador leaves

The week: A tragedy worth uniting for, Plovdiv mayor announces independence and the US ambassador leaves

The better angels of our nature


Another parliament bites the dust. What did it accomplish?

Another parliament bites the dust. What did it accomplish?

The 48th National Assembly will be remembered for the laws it failed to pass rather than for any meaningful breakthroughs


The week: A few Brussels sprouts, Election after April Fool’s Day, Malkovich’s (costly) sell-out show

The week: A few Brussels sprouts, Election after April Fool’s Day, Malkovich’s (costly) sell-out show

Brussels wants to know who's investing, Fool's day elections, waiting for John Malkovich


The Cult of Nexo

The Cult of Nexo

How the Bulgarian company convinced itself, its employees and its customers that all accusations against it were a conspiracy - or FUD


Nexo’s troubles, Bulgaria refuses to close coal plants, Lukoil returns

Nexo’s troubles, Bulgaria refuses to close coal plants, Lukoil returns

Prosecution goes after cryptobank, no chance of gov’t and coal to stay until 2038





The week: Weapons promises, foreign agents and budget in the red

The week: Weapons promises, foreign agents and budget in the red

Guns for Ukraine - it’s official, sort of; Still no government in sight, a nuclear reactor is shut off


The week: Catching-up with the neighbors and looking for a lost highway

The week: Catching-up with the neighbors and looking for a lost highway

The decisive month for Bulgaria, how we lost tens of millions on a highway, and whom did Stoichkov meet?


Pro-Kremlin hackers fire warning shots at Bulgarian institutions

Pro-Kremlin hackers fire warning shots at Bulgarian institutions

A DDoS attack hit the websites of various state institutions over the weekend - and more could be on the way



Bulgaria in crisis: 5 risks caused by the political chaos

Bulgaria in crisis: 5 risks caused by the political chaos

The post-election deadlock might consign the country to EU backwater status