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Slavcho Binev

Slavcho Penchev Binev (born 10 December 1965 in Sofia), sometimes Slavi Binev, is a Bulgarian politician and former taekwondo champion.

Before politics

Binev was a taekwondo European champion in 1992.

According to the US embassy in Sofia, Binev ran the MIG Group, which ran 30 nightclubs and whose 'criminal activities prostitution, narcotics, and trafficking stolen automobiles', as revealed by Wikileaks.[1] Binev responded to his inclusion by saying he was not unhappy to be on the list, whom he called 'the blossom' of Bulgarian business in the 1990s.[2]

Political career

Slavcho Binev was elected a Member of the European Parliament for the nationalist Attack party on 20 May 2007, immediately after Bulgaria joined the European Union. Along with Attack's two other MEPs, he sat with the Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty (ITS) group; this group collapsed in November 2007, leaving Attack as non-inscrits members. He was Attack's candidate for Mayor of Sofia in 2007. At the 2009 European election, Attack lost one MEP, but Binev retained his seat as the second of two elected for the party. Binev and Attack remained as non-inscrits members.[3]

On 22 April 2012, he founded his own party:[4] People for Real, Open and United Democracy. Binev joined the EFD group in the European Parliament in 2012, this information was announced on his website:[5]

In March 2013, Binev attended the UK Independence Party's spring conference in the Devonshire city of Exeter, United Kingdom. Addressing delegates, Binev joked that UKIP Deputy leader Paul Nuttall did not have to wear a bullet proof vest on his visit to Sofia and thanked him for his visit on behalf of the EFD. Mr Binev also spoke of the dangers of socialism and dictatorship, whilst explaining the extent of corruption that exists in Bulgaria and emphasising the importance of democracy.[6]

Personal life

He was blessed as an archon at Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome on 3 January 2007. This sparked tensions between Bulgaria and the Holy See. The title had previously been unused in the country, but has been bestowed recently on controversial businessmen that make 'donations which do not contravene Christian morals and good manners'.[7]

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