Ruja Ignatova being murdered in 2018 is unlikely
Last last week BIRD, the Bureau for Investigative Reporting and Data, published an article suggesting Ruja Ignatova was murdered in 2018.
It’s a well researched theory and supported by documents linked to law enforcement.
Here’s why I think it doesn’t hold up.
Crypto-queen Ruja Ignatova was killed in November 2018 on the order of Christophoros Amanatidis-Taki.
Ruja Ignatova (right) is founder and former CEO of the notorious OneCoin Ponzi scheme.
Christophoros Amanatidis-Taki, aka Hristoforos Amanatidis, Christoforos Amanatidis-Taki or just “Taki”, is a wanted Bulgarian drug lord.
Taki is one of the largest cocaine traffickers in Bulgarian history. He inherited the crime empire of Georgi Iliev, after he was shot dead in 2005.
The closest Bulgarian authorities came to nabbing Taki (right), at least publicly, was back in 2012.
Bulgarian authorities tracked Taki down to Dubai, who naturally declined to extradite him.
Taki is believed to have continued hiding out in Dubai until 2015, when charges against him were eventually dropped.
Taki is still believed to be in Dubai, although his lawyer says he isn’t subject to travel restrictions.
As of December 2022 and among other things, Taki is under investigation for his role in a $50 million heist dating back to 2002. The money is believed to be tied to terrorism.
Back home, Taki is good friends with head of Bulgaria’s federal homicide department, Mikhail Naumov.
Naumov is believed to have protected Taki within Bulgaria over the years.
Taki’s link to OneCoin and Ruja Ignatova come via his ex-girlfriend and real-estate dealings. Beyond that, whatever other links there are/were between Ignatova and Taki remain under wraps.
Lyubomir Ivanov, former head of the criminal division of Bulgaria’s national police, was shot dead on March 25th, 2022.
Within documents seized from Ivanov’s personal safe, Taki’s involvement in Ruja Ignatova’s claimed 2018 demise were found.
The document in question is a police report, detailing a purportedly drunken account from Georgi Goergiev Vasilev.
Vasilev is a close associate of Taki’s and, perhaps not surprisingly, also lives in Dubai. Vasilev is married to the sister of Taki’s wife, Boryana Shehtova.
As claimed by Vasilev on December 27th, 2019;
Taki ordered the murder of the cryptoqueen Ruja Ignatova, which happened in November 2018 on a yacht in the Ionian Sea, more than a year after as Ruja was last seen in Athens.
The body of the murdered woman was cut up and thrown into the water.
The hit was purportedly done by Hristo “Koeravi” Hristov, currently imprisoned in the Netherlands on heroin trafficking charges.
The Bulgarian Public Prosecutors Office verified the documents. They informed BIRD however that they didn’t and are not investigating the matter.
The documents also detail numerous luxury yacht trips taken by Mikhail Naumov and his family, all purportedly funded by Taki and his associates. Bulgarian Public Prosecutors didn’t investigate those reports either.
That documents are claimed to have been shared with the DOJ at some point. What the documents were doing in the personal safe of Lyubomir Ivanov remains unclear.
Seeking answers, BIRD put forth the following questions to Ivan Demerdzhiev, Bulgaria’s Minister of Internal Affairs;
After the analysis of this data, was a separate investigation into Ignatova’s murder opened, and if so, when did it happen? Has the prosecutor’s office been notified?
Has there been an investigation into the unusual contacts of Mikhail Naumov with Ivan Petleshkov and other persons related to Taki?
They never heard anything back.
Comment from Boyko Rashkov, former Minister for Internal Affairs, was also sought.
On the phone, Boyko Rashkov did not want to comment on whether he was aware of these inquiries, but emphasized that Mikhail Naumov had very questionable contacts with convicted persons and was removed from his post quite naturally.
Rashkov also commented that after he left the ministry, many controversial appointments took place there.
BIRD’s report claims Rashkov “removed” Naumov from his post. Elsewhere in the article however it is suggested Naumov is still head of Bulgaria’s federal homicide department.
Several attempts were made to contact Ilyan Bankov, the Public Prosecutor who oversaw 8467/2022, the case number corresponding to Vasilev’s report.
Multiple messages were left at Bankov’s office, none of which he replied to.
It was only after BIRD published its article that the Public Prosecutor’s Office, on behalf of Bankov, replied;
In connection with your letter, with which you raise questions regarding pre-trial proceedings under pr. pr. 8467/2022 according to the inventory of the Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office, we provide you with the following information.
In the course of the investigation of the said file, sheets of A4 format paper with printed text were attached to the case.
They do not constitute a document, insofar as there is no information about their author, they do not bear a signature and do not represent a specific written statement of will of a specific natural person.
In this regard, they are not subject to verification through the methods of proof provided for in the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), namely the appointment of a graphic expert, whose conclusion will establish who wrote the text and who signed it.
Also, the cited sheets of paper were seized from a place used by a person who had died, and accordingly the circumstances presented in them cannot be verified even by questioning a witness.
Due to these considerations, the supervising prosecutor came to the conclusion that the prerequisites of Art. 216 of the Code of Criminal Procedure for the separation of the case, since at the moment no evidence has been collected of a possible murder – a crime under Art. 115 of the Criminal Code and/or possibly a crime committed on duty.
Investigation is a dynamic process. According to the mentioned pre-trial proceedings, new actions in the investigation are pending. The procedural act of dividing the case will be carried out if evidence is collected of possibly committed other crimes.
BIRD notes that, outside of their own research and sources, case 8467/2022 is sealed off from public access.
BIRD’s article, researched and reported on by Dimitar Stoyanov and Atanas Tchobanov, is well researched and certainly believable.
The problem from my end is there’s a lot of context and information missing.
Why was Georgi Vasilev drunk when he made the report?
What was the reason for the report?
Who killed the investigation into Vasilev’s report?
Why were copies of the report in Lyubomir Ivanov’s personal safe?
Surely ties to a woman on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list warrants some Sheik’s nuts in a vice? Or is the UAE really that untouchable?
Bulgaria has long held the title of the EU’s most corrupt member. For that reason alone I was initially hesitant to put anything together on BIRD’s article.
Not to take anything away from Stoyanov’s and Tchobanov’s work, but it’s entirely possible this is a planted story to sow doubt and confusion into OneCoin criminal proceedings.
Nonetheless, BIRD’s article has taken off in mainstream media and following crypto spam blogs.
Personally I still think Ignatova is hiding out in Dubai, elsewhere in the UAE or Russia (increasingly unlikely given the situation in Ukraine).
The “travelling around in a yacht” theory is also there, but I’m not sold on the logistics required to keep that lifestyle going (and to what end?).
The “to what end?” question does bring us back to Taki ordering Ignatova dead. While she associated with organized crime, Ruja Ignatova herself wasn’t of organized crime.
She was a convenience and, to those she worked with, access to extraordinarily large amounts of cash.
Whereas Taki and his associates can bunker down in Dubai and continue their criminal exploits, Ignatova’s criminal career (ignoring some minor charges in Germany), began and ended with OneCoin.
If caught, Ignatova faces the rest of her life in prison – and there’s virtually no chance she walks. Notwithstanding any cooperation agreement she might reach with the DOJ, leading to who knows what about who knows who being exposed.
So why keep her around?
None of this heat is going anywhere. Ignatova is gigantic liability for the bigger organized criminals she associates with.
But then there’s also the other side of the coin.
In a statement to Martin Himmelheber from NRWZ, Duncan Arthur (right), who up until his arrest, travelled with Ruja’s brother Konstantin Ignatov, claims;
I know that Ruja Ignatova was still alive in March 2019, long after the alleged murder in November 2018.
I know that Konstantin was in regular and direct phone contact with Ruja as late as March 2019 long after the alleged murder plot.
In an additional statement to BehindMLM, Arthur claims;
K was speaking to Ruja right up until his arrest. He bitched about her, always used the present tense when speaking about her and got upset when he got certain phone calls.
Plus they found four numbers for her on his phone, there were current docs with her signature on on his laptop, etc.
There’s also the question of, if not Ruja Ignatova, then who are Ignatova’s UK lawyers representing with respect to her £13.5 million penthouse?
If Ruja Ignatova is truly dead at the hands of Christophoros Amanatidis-Taki, perhaps that’s the reason Konstantin’s plea deal included entry into the US’ Witness Protection Program.
Ruja Ignatova might very well be dead – but personally I don’t think she was murdered in 2018.
AFAIK “Taki” DID have another distinction relative to Onecoin.
IIRC, he was the primary Security detail (or “Head of Security”) to Ruja Ignatova, according to DOJ Filings.
Already tied to a litany of crimes and given his nickname, “The Cocaine King” (which I seem to recall was originally Romanian, not Bulgarian sourced?), I don’t think his negative “association to Onecoin” would lead him to kill Ruja back then, unless he’d gained access to the private keys of the 230,000 BTC she allegedly (and likely) acquired back in 2015.
That and the convoluted soup of political/ influence/ corruption involved around Ruja’s whereabouts still doesn’t sway the pendulum of her fate either this way or that.
“Bulgaria is Bulgaria” as the article says.
Igantova isn’t dead likely as much as it would suit her to think she is.
Duncan Arthur has brass balls.
While this might be a purposely orchestrated distraction so everyone can back off from Ruja, I still strongly believe that Ruja was indeed murdered and I believed this since day 1 of her disappearance.
It is obvious that OneCoin runs deep into Bulgarian state circles and those circles had no more use for Ruja in 2018 and she simply knew too much to be left running around the world.
Why would she hide like a pirate on the high seas or in Russia somewhere when she can knock on the door of any US embassy and blow the lid on the entire operation and Bulgarian state/mafia actors for guaranteed immunity and possibly a new identity in the US?
What baffles me is even after being in the EU for almost 20 years, Bulgaria is the same old criminal shithole that it always was, ran by openly criminal characters while the EU simply turns a blind eye.
Also the only other nation-state that uses it’s state organs to support groups designed to steal money and crypto throughout the world is North Korea, Bulgaria is really just the North Korea of Europe.
Ruja Ignatova and Kim Jong-un would make an ideal couple. I found this photo a long time ago:
Taki likely worked with Schneider behind the scenes I imagine. Or at the very least was in regular contact.
I wonder if Schneider’s deal included a “don’t get arrested or else” clause. I suppose seeing as Konstantin has remained alive, maybe not.
I have requested the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice investigate what appears to be intimidation of victims and witnesses.
The BIRD story links OneCoin to narco-terrorists and corrupt Bulgarian law enforcement, victims may now be relucantant to come forward if they feel they will suffer the same fate Ruja supposedly suffered.
The BIRD story needs to be verified or it serves the purposes of the OneCoin criminal gang to intimidate. Unless verified the BIRD story is garden variety Balkan fiction and likely paid for by someone connected to OneCoin.
BIRD itself claims to be a French NGO, would be interesting to know who funds it and why.
Onecoin scammers are now collecting money again for the coin deployment to the new public Polygon chain. It costs 25€ for 1 account (1 profile can have several accounts, so the price is probably higher then).
It’s still unclear to me is that deployment mandatory or not. At the moment the counter says the deadline is after 157 days.
Here’s their One (OES) Token Polygon chain address:
It’s going to be interesting to see how many over 1 million coin holders there is going to appear.
The 4,420 and 9,322 coin transfers which happened on Saturday during the Vietnam event belong most likely to Mai Loan and KingJayms, though that’s hardly all the accounts they have:
All the coin operations will be still handled through the portal (or Dealshaker), so the scammers can continue set and control the insane member to member transfer fees, so they can avoid a black market creating a real (extremely low) price for the coin.
There’s lots of confusion at the moment among the members, because many don’t realize the coin didn’t actually go public, it still can’t be exchanged or swapped to any real crypto and members don’t have a possibility to have 3rd party wallets and not even their own private keys.
And as the company will continue possessing all the private keys for all the wallets and thus have a total control of all coins, at the moment there doesn’t seem to be any real benefit for the members other than hyping that “One is on a public blockchain”.
And the company controlling the wallet private keys also means that when the company goes out of business, all members lose access to their coins.
OneCoin is now operating like the Church of Scientology.
Like with the CoS, they can only recruit new people in backward countries and even then they battle. More people went to my high school prom than they had at the latest UK event.
What they do instead of getting fresh meat is invent new fees for those already trapped and unable to make the mental jump from the cult.
OneCoin scammer Erick Rueda ONE from Panama shows the cost in a list from 1 – 1000 accounts.
More details in yesterday’s newsletter.
Numerous newspapers have reacted to the bird.bg report. Some examples.
Note: On March 20, 2023, this article was still readable without a paywall. In addition, BILD is the best-known newspaper in Germany that is read nationally.
The article by Martin Himmelheber is readable again. The server problems are fixed.
One thing I like about this Onecoin/OneEcosystem’s new public blockchain is that it reveals the real price and real market-cap of their scam coin. 😀
$0.00 and $0.00
That is correct. Coins that have never been mined can have no value. Here is the proof:
Bulgarian video from February 22, 2023
French video with subtitles.
77,573 views since February 4, 2023.
Bulgarian journalist Nikolay Stoyanov (in the video on the right) has been reporting on the OneCoin scam for many years. Here in a video from August 5, 2022. He suspects that Ruja lives in Dubai.
This November 2022 web page shows several ways in which Ruja Ignatova could have changed her appearance.
I would recommend Ruja very short hair dyed red or blond and very dark sunglasses, like the ones Kari Wahlroos often wore on stage. Forbidden are lipstick and red painted fingernails. She should also not wear jewelry such as rings, earrings and necklaces. It makes her look poor.
Alternatively, she could successfully prevent her arrest with a machine gun, but she should not show it so publicly:
German journalist Martin Himmelheber is in contact with Jennifer McAdam, who became a victim of the OneCoin scam. Regarding the rumor that Ruja Ignatova might be dead, she wrote, among other things:
Does anyone know who Jennifer might have been referring to?
I think she’s suspicious of the death of Juha Parhiala, a West Mongolian (Finnish) top level OneCoin promoter that passed away under somewhat mysterious circumstances in Thailand I believe.
Yes, I know that the death of Juha Parhiala has been doubted for a long time.
Juha is Alive and hidding in one of the following kingdoms Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, and Fujairah. There is also hiding places in Saudi.
I’d go with Parhiala as well.
@Mohammed Gonna need a source on that chief.
OneCoin victim Daniel Leinhardt from Uganda also uploaded a video on this topic:
A OneCoin scammer who calls himself “No comment” commented:
Who is this scammer who doesn’t give his real name? I’ve known this guy for a long time because he always fiercely defends the OneCoin scam.
His real name is BOLYSKHAN Baigabyl and he lives in Mongolia. Supposedly, he works as a doctor. His private YouTube channel does not contain advertising for OneCoin!
BOLYSKHAN Baigabyl is a member of the OneCoin Mongolia group and has also commented on videos there as “No comment”. Here is an example from October 2020.
Read more here below the video: youtube.com/watch?v=f0UwyMXisVA
BOLYSKHAN Baigabyl commented on this video as “No comment” like this:
A similar comment by “No comment” below this video.
In June 2021, this Mongolian doctor and OneCoin scammer tried to sell his worthless OneCoins – and got scammed himself! 😀 😀 😀
More about this in the next comment.
Note: The OneCoin Mongolia channel contains 182 videos. The last one was uploaded in October 2020. Obviously, the operator has recognized the fraud and stopped its activities.
Dejavu… coming up on what now, eight years?
In a short video dated June 28, 2021, BOLYSKHAN Baigabyl aka “No comment” shows the people who cheated him:
Much more interesting than the video is the very long comment he wrote under the video.
I summarize. A Mongolian doctor can no longer feed his seven children and tries to sell his worthless OneCoins. For his comments on YouTube he does not use his real name BOLYSKHAN Baigabyl, but the pseudonym “No comment“.
Because he is stupid and simple-minded, he lost $1,700 from the failed transaction. He really believed that he could earn $29,945 by selling absolutely worthless OneCoins.
Important news for our readers. 😀
Cordel ‘KingJayms’ James is now a professor! Here is the proof. Video from December 22, 2022:
Apart from the people shown, OneCoin scammers Emil Blumer from Switzerland and Mai Loan from Vietnam participated in the event.
The next documentary will be announced here.