Vasil “The Skull” Bojkov, the richest man in Bulgaria, is believed to have been involved in mafia activity for a long time. While many actions of his may possibly be mistaken for something more sinister, there is certainly very little evidence to back up these claims.
1989 was the season that communism fell in Bulgaria. This signified a desperate requirement for development in economy and for that reason it had been an excellent time for anybody to setup a business; Lachezar Bogdanov, manager of the Bulgarian economic think tank Industry Watch, stated that, “You could get a three bedroom flat in Sofia for $4,000”. If everything was this cheap in that time, there would be no need to turn to criminal activity inside the quest for wealth. Bojkov opened his first business, a foreign exchange, in 1990 which quickly developed into a chain as a result of these circumstances.
Along with two partners, Bojkov could then start up a ga-mbling company in 1991. From just one cas-ino at the Hotel Rila in Sofia, this business erupted into essentially countless casi-nos throughout the country. This is particularly intriguing because, inspite of the economic state, it would’ve taken lots of meticulous planning and preparation to succeed like this. Bojkov needed to put considerable time, money and incredibly dedicated hard work into his business and in a year, he had enough profit to open a holding company- Nove Holding. It envelopes over 30 companies today which does not include its’ countless subsidiaries. One particular company is Eurofootball, a betting agency that many are conscious of. In 1994, he even opened their own bank known as the Bulgarian Commercial Industrial Bank.
Lots of people could be suspicious as to how Bojkov acquired his curious nickname ‘The Skull’. Most might believe that it has something to do with his alleged criminal background, however it has far more innocent roots. The nickname has come from his childhood. As being a youth, he was slender and bony which highlighted his facial features. Due to this, other children nicknamed him ‘Skull’ which caught on and is also now used more humorously than anything.
One of the primary concerns surrounding Bojkov is the peculiar concept that he or she is some type of ‘mafia kingpin’; apparently, despite success from countless other people in much harsher economic climates, you can only attain a lot power through illegal means. True, the unfortunate coincidence of his nickname and status can appear unsettling, but there isn’t any evidence to exhibit he’s done anything wrong within his entire 61 numerous years of living. Actually his numerous acts of philanthropy suggest that these claims could not be further from the truth.
Some sources have brought up a leaked US CDA report during 2009 on the most wanted criminals in Bulgaria. While Vasil Bojkov is on this list, along with the Margin Brothers, the Beret and also the Galev Brothers, there are numerous points to be addressed.
First of all, the report states that Bojkov is “moving out of the organised crime business”. If he was involved to begin with, which is very unlikely, this should reveal that he’s turning his life around. He could be seeking to correct his wrongfully assigned reputation. He may be doing things in an entirely different context than what you will think. There is not any evidence to aid that he is anyone besides a hard working and opportunistic business man who worked his way to the very top.
Secondly, the crimes ‘committed’ by him are extremely tame in comparison to the other criminal figures. Allegedly, he is involved with money laundering, racketeering and illegal antique dealing at worst. Not merely can there be such miniscule evidence with this, these crimes are nothing when compared with horrible things such as human trafficking, drug smuggling and contract killings committed by other authoritative figures in Bulgaria. There exists pure speculation at most of any of these artefacts being illegal.
Thirdly, the antique dealing is both tough to avoid and evidently, avoided whenever possible by Bojkov. He has an extraordinary assortment of over 3000 artefacts depicting ancient Greek, Thracian and also some Roman history. The restoration of lost ancient Bulgarian culture is just one of his main priorities and then he has done lots of benefit the history and economy of Bulgaria.
One important thing we know for sure about Bojkov is that they have a feeling of humour. Smiling or chuckling when asked about his involvement with crime, most can see that he’s just pointing the absurdity within the situation. With divzna hard he’s worked, how plausible his story is with no evidence to back up any allegations against him, can he actually be as bad as people say? If something, he or she is extremely determined and willing to do a lot for his goal; whether that be restoring history, supporting the Bulgarian emergency services or supporting himself financially.
Another fairly interesting thing about Vasil Bojkov is the fact they have never actually been delivered to court. Without actual proof his ‘crimes’ throughout his 38 many years of owning businesses, shouldn’t someone have found something by now?
There has been plenty of discussion surrounding what Bojkov has supposedly done with regards to organised crime, but his philanthropic actions often go unnoticed more often than not. For instance, He has an entire fleet of jets & helicopters which are lent to the government so that you can help with the exceedingly high crime rate and medical emergency services in Bulgaria. He has also dedicated years to his variety of ancient artefacts and restoring this history through exhibitions and books. There exists a lot he’s done for his country which can get ignored over a thing that probably isn’t true.
Actually, one of the primary areas affected by Bojkov is sport. For instance, when he was chairman in the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Bulgaria was ranked 1st- for both men and women. When he was chairman from the Bulgarian Federation of Sports Shooting, three gold olympic medals were won. When he owned the CSKA football team, they even won against Liverpool in 2002. This just goes toward show how integral Bojkov is as part of Bulgaria as well as a national treasure himself.