New York, April 8, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns yesterday’s murder of popular writer Georgi Stoev, author of a series of books on the origins and rise of Bulgaria’s criminal underworld since the fall of communism in 1989.
Stoev, 35, was on a busy street when two unidentified men stopped him near the Pliska hotel in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, the independent news Web site Mediapool reported. Both men fired at Stoev at a close range; one bullet hit him in the head, Mediapool said. The two fled. Stoev was taken to Pirogov emergency hospital in critical condition and underwent brain surgery, but died of his wound Monday evening.