"Links to Milosevic" Brought Death to Bulgarian Tycoon Pavlov

Politics | March 8, 2004, Monday // 00:00| Views: 1146 | Comments: 0
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The murder of Bulgarian tycoon Iliya Pavlov was ordered by Serbian mobsters, influential Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti claims.

According to the paper, Pavlov was linked to satellites of former nationalist President Slobodan Milosevic, and owed them some USD 250 M. That debt was the actual reason for Pavlov's Serbian partners to order his assassination, Vecernje Novosti reads.

Pavlov was shot dead in March 2003 in capital Sofia, some three years after the downfall of Milosevic. The Serbian paper says that after the president's ousting, pressure against Pavlov for paying the money back, intensified.

Reportedly, tensions were running high between Pavlov and a member of Serbia's Zemun Clan - a powerful organized crime network, which many say plotted the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic on 12 March 2003.
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