7/8 TV of Slavi Trifonov is financed in 2021 mainly by advertising of the security company “AS Scorpio
” related to the sign behind the scenes players it has provided 46% of the revenue, and PP “There Is Such a People” 40% of the media’s revenue. This is clear from the submission by the media service operator”
” AD declaration under art. 7a of the Advertising Contracts and Sources of Funding.
“AS Scorpio” Ltd. has received BGN 19.4 million. out of 8 public procurements, and the recently published data on budget payments SEBRA show another BGN 7.8 million. The company is associated with Kamen Penkov Penkov
, who was a member of the
Supreme Council of the BSP and Deputy of the former Interior Minister from the Stanishev cabinet – Rumen Petkov. Officially, the company is owned by Penkov’s wife –
Vaska Alexandrova Penkova
, who is related to 24 other companies.
Penkov was once among the wealthiest in power. He declared BGN 632,000 in savings, and in the media he explained about the purchase of house in Barcelona for BGN 1.5 million with credit taken.
Vaska and Kamen Penkovi are partners in “Quattro-BG”
Ltd. with Asya Zafirova – girlfriend and mother of two children of Petar Petrov – Pepi Amigosa. Petrov is a former partner of the murdered cigarette smuggler Ivan Todorov – The Doctor at the financial house “Amigos” and is one of the rare emblematic businessmen of the transition convicted of money laundering.
In addition, Zafirova was a partner in Excel GA Ltd. with Gabriela Tsvetina, wife of Nikolay Tsvetin from VAI Holding (VIS-2). The group, led by the late brothers Vasil and Georgi Iliev, is cited as one of the most powerful criminal structures of the transition. Trifonov himself does not hide in public statements his closeness to Iliev. Vasil Iliev was killed by mercenaries on his way to the Mirage restaurant, where he was supposed to meet the popular showman.
Kamen Penkov is also the father-in-law
of Svetlozar Lazarov – Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior during the Oresharski cabinet, unsuccessful candidate for Deputy Head of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) and former national coordinator
of the party of Volen Siderov “Attack.” Lazarov was particularly close to the scandalous businessman Arben Havalev
(Brigade party), close to Ahmed Dogan, prosecuted for VAT fraud, use of false identity and illegally acquired property.
Declarations of 7/8 TV
The financial report of “SET 666” shows that the amount of BGN 500,000. was borrowed in 2020, this is reported in the debt column, but it is not clear whether the loan was granted by a banking institution, a company or an individual. A pledge is not entered in the Commercial Register, as is usually the practice for bank loans.
The declared for 2021 sources of funding of 7/8 TV are: 46% of an advertisement of “AS Scorpio
” Ltd. and 40% of the political party “There is such a people““. The security company has signed a contract for advertising on 22.04.2021, after the elections, when ITN entered for the first time in the 45th National Assembly and
became a member of parliament.
The full 2021 declaration can be found here.
BRRD maintains a
database of Media funding
from the register of the Ministry of Culture. The update with all data for 2021 will be added soon.
Leading photo: Slavi Trifonov /stop shot/
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