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18 Dec 17

‘Roma Segregated’ in Bulgarian Maternity Wards

As claims Roma women are routinely placed in separate ‘gipsy sections’ in maternity wards surface, it seems discrimination against Bulgarian Roma literally starts at birth.

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13 Dec 17

Parallel Profits: Bulgaria’s Medical Drug Dealers

Lax controls over the ‘parallel trade’ of expensive pharmaceuticals makes Bulgaria’s health care system ripe for plunder. Patients are the losers.

pentagon-hires-scandal-hit-brokers-for-syria-arms-buy-up-09-15-2017
15 Sep 17

Pentagon Hires Scandal-hit Brokers for Syria Arms Buy-up

The Pentagon’s battle against ISIS relies on an Eastern European arms supply-line operated, in part, by firms and executives linked to fraud, foreign bribery, Bulgarian organised crime and the death of a contractor.

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12 Sep 17

German Concerns Spark Pentagon Reroute of Syria-Bound Arms

The Pentagon has rerouted its weapons supply-line to Syria after officials in Berlin became concerned at the surge in arms being transferred through US bases in Germany.

the-pentagon-s-2-2-billion-soviet-arms-pipeline-flooding-syria-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

The Pentagon's $2.2 Billion Soviet Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria

The Pentagon is on a spending spree as it scrabbles to amass vast quantities of Soviet-style weapons and ammunition. But it’s running into problems sourcing them, and is using misleading legal documents to disguise their final destination: Syria.

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09 May 17

The Coyote’s Trail – A Machine Gun’s Path from Serbia to Syria

A batch of heavy machine guns travelled from a Serbian state-owned factory to Syrian rebels, via a Bulgarian arms tycoon and a Saudi training camp, BIRN and OCCRP can reveal.

tirana-offloads-ancient-arms-to-controversial-broker-03-30-2017
31 Mar 17

Tirana Offloads Ancient Arms to Controversial Broker

Albania sold part of its vast stockpiles of aging weapons and ammunition to a controversial Bulgarian firm linked to a deadly explosion which killed a Pentagon contractor.

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25 Jan 17

Patrolling with Impunity in Eastern Europe

Publicity-hungry migrant hunters are a symptom of bigger problems in Eastern Europe.

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12 Jan 17

Depleted, Divided and Dispirited - The Syrians of Bulgaria

The war in Syria has created tensions in Bulgaria's Syrian community, one of the largest in Eastern Europe, and given some members a pretext to seek asylum elsewhere.

making-a-killing-the-1-2-billion-euros-arms-pipeline-to-middle-east-07-26-2016
27 Jul 16

Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euro Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East.

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09 Feb 16

Fashion Victims: Even in EU, Garment Workers Face Tough Conditions

Women in Romania and Bulgaria endure low pay, long hours and gruelling work to make clothes for luxury Western brands.

war-gains-bulgarian-arms-add-fuel-to-middle-east-conflicts-12-16-2015
21 Dec 15

War Gains: Bulgarian Arms Add Fuel to Middle East Conflicts

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the US have bought millions of dollars of Bulgarian weaponry, much of it likely destined for the war in Syria, a BIRN investigation reveals.

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28 Nov 14

Syrian Refugees Leave Bulgaria for German Limbo

Many Syrians use Bulgaria as a stepping stone to the heart of Europe - although EU rules say asylum-seekers are meant to stay put.

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28 Nov 12

Green Revolution: How Eco-Activism Made Bulgaria Care Again

Environmental campaigners have shown they can fight the system – but how far can they fix it?

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11 Oct 12

Cheap, and Far from Free: The Migrants Building Britain

Job restrictions have left Romanian and Bulgarian construction workers underpaid and vulnerable to exploitation, a BIRN investigation reveals.