The drained lake in Bulgaria – and the money siphoned away

How was it possible that the water from Bulgaria’s Studena Dam disappeared, creating a humanitarian crisis for more than 100,000 people in the city of Pernik?

Following the first part of Valya Ahchieva’s investigation for EURACTIV Bulgaria, the Minister of environment and water Neno Dimov was arrested. The second part answered the question of where the water had disappeared. This third part looks into how public money was (mis) spent.

The “lake monster” is not some mythical creature that evades detection, it is the everyday “monstrosity” of bad governance and corruption, regrettably widespread in Bulgaria.

EURACTIV publishes the third part of the investigation by Valia Ahchieva, a 15-minute video, with subtitles in English,  that looks into how was it possible that the water from Bulgaria’s Studena Dam disappeared, creating a humanitarian crisis for more than 100,000 people in the city of Pernik?

Background reading:

The investigative story that brought down a minister in Bulgaria

EURACTIV.com publishes the full video, with subtitles, by Valia Ahchieva for EURACTIV.bg, which led to the arrest and resignation of Neno Dimov, the minister of environment and water, following a water crisis in the city of Pernik that exposed the government’s inaction.

The ‘Lake monster’ that drank the water of a dam in Bulgaria

Where did the water from Bulgaria’s Studena Dam disappear, creating a humanitarian crisis for more than 100,000 people in the city of Pernik? Following the first part of Valya Ahchieva’s investigation, the Minister of environment and water Neno Dimov was arrested.

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