Bulgarian poacher involved in scandalous international scheme for trade in parts and organs of rare animals
Miroslav Nenkovski is the name of the Bulgarian, which appears in a signal from a journalistic investigation abroad for an international scheme for trade in parts of rare and protected animals. Elephant tusks, rhinoceros horns, crocodile claws and leather are just some of the ‘trophies’ that a group of international smugglers and poachers sell through illegal websites around the world.
Nenkovski, who likes to present himself in Bulgaria and among his acquaintances as an organizer of international safaris abroad, is in fact one of the persons involved in the brutal trade in parts of rare animals.
According to those familiar with the case, Nenkovski has received a whole host of international organisations dealing with the conservation and protection of animal species. The signals explicitly emphasize that the Bulgarian is one of the main organizers in this criminal activity.
Similar signals have already been sent to the World Wide Fund for Nature – WWF, to the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN, to the European Commission, as well as to a number of other prestigious international organizations dealing with the protection of the environment and animal species.
The mostrecent IUCN report on rhino poaching and illicit trade, submitted days ago, reported that atleast 2707 rhinos were poached in Africa between 2018 and 2021. According to official data, a rhino horn is sold on the black market for 40 000€/kg (at an actual price of 1 kg of gold of around 31 000€) and the price of ivory in the rough reaches 620€/kg. Tiger bones sell for up to € 900/kilo.
According to UN data, trade in rhinoceros horns alone reaches a volume of nearly EUR 200 million per year.
It is not clear exactly in what form Miroslav Nenkovski recruits his clients in Bulgaria, but according to many he works on the edge of the law, often not even reporting any tax activity, but using stooges to develop his scheme for selling parts of protected animals.
According to the signal received by our media, Nenkovski has a close relative at Sofia Airport, who, as head of the change of customs for a modest payment of 500 euros, allows a bunch of “trophies” directly in the territory of Bulgaria, directly on the red lists for rare species from all over the world.
Logically, the question arises whether Miroslav Nenkovski uses in his activity another type of corruption umbrella by state institutions in Bulgaria and is it not time for the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate itself against this type of illegal activity, especially given Bulgaria’s claims that it is a civilized and rule of law state.