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Investigative journalist murdered in Bulgaria

According to police, the woman died from a blow to the head and suffocation
20:40, 7 October 2018
The administrative director and the head of the regional TVN channel, Viktoria Marinova, was killed in the Bulgarian city of Rus. This is reported by the local television channel NOVA TV, referring to police data.

A local resident found the body of a 30-year-old journalist in a green area near the Danube, and her belongings were found a few meters away. Her car was parked nearby.

According to police, the woman died from a blow to the head and suffocation. Local criminologists say they do not recall such a brutal murder in this area.

At the moment, police officers are working on several versions regarding the motive of the murder, in particular, the murder for professional activities.

“The work does not stop even for a moment. We have enough specialists. Soon we will be able to provide more information about the murderer,” said the district prosecutor Georgiy Georgiev.

According to the European Truth agency, recently Marinova has been working on the subject of embezzling funds from the finances of the European Union. In particular, regarding EU-funded infrastructure projects worth hundreds of millions of Bulgarian levs, on which consulting firms earned money. The regional TVN channel, where the journalist worked, was the only Bulgarian TV channel that reported on this scandal.

The investigation was carried out within the framework of the EU-funded project of investigative journalism on fraud with EU funds in Bulgaria and Romania. Its results were planned to be transferred to the EU Office of Abuse Prevention and Fraud (OLAF).

Earlier it was reported that in Slovakia three people were accused of premeditated murder of journalist Jan Kuchak and his bride.

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