Aleksey Petrov was shot dead in Sofia

One of the largest Bulgarian businessmen, Aleksey Petrov, was killed in the capital’s “Dragalevtsi” neighborhood near the Vitosha lift, sources told. He was one of the few big businessmen who survived the transition years.

According to unofficial information of the BNR, Petrov was shot with a rifle.

Over the past two decades, numerous unsuccessful assassination attempts were organized against Alexei Petrov.

On August 14, 2002, an unsuccessful assassination attempt was carried out against him at the Spartak pool, but he survived, although he was shot simultaneously in the chest and leg. On October 29, 2015, an attempt was made with a grenade launcher against Petrov’s car near his home. He escapes unharmed.

On February 10, 2010, Petrov was detained and accused of being the leader of the “Octopus” criminal group, engaged in racketeering and extortion. This was the biggest case initiated by the Ministry of the Interior of Tsvetan Tsvetanov during the first government of Boyko Borisov. In the end, the charges against Petrov were withdrawn, and the state was sentenced to pay tens of millions of levs in compensation to him and Lev Inns.

Shortly before his death, Alexey Petrov publicly boasted that he had participated in an investigation into insurance fraud in Italy, which was complained about by the Lev Ins insurance company he founded. He has publicly expressed interest in starting work at DANS.

Alexey Petrov is a co-founder of the insurance companies “Apollo and Balkan” and “Spartak”, and later also of “Levski Spartak”, which eventually became “Lev ins”

His participation is known until 1998, when he participated in the company “Budoinvest” OOD together with Boyko Borisov and Rumen Nikolov-Pashata.

Alexey Petrov was the president of the Bulgarian National Karate Federation, and before that he was the coach of the national team.

Before leaving the system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Alexey Petrov was the head of the so-called berets and was a full-time employee of State Security.

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