Victoria Marinova

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Victoria Marinova
Native name Виктория Маринова
Born 7 September 1988
Died 6 October 2018 (aged 30)
Ruse, Bulgaria
Nationality Bulgarian
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Svilen Maksimov
Children 1

Victoria Marinova (Bulgarian: Виктория Маринова; 7 September 1988 – 6 October 2018)[1] was a Bulgarian TV host and journalist. She was murdered and raped at age 30. Her death caused international outrage during a time of increased violence against investigative reporters.


Marinova was the administrative director of TVN Television in Ruse. She presented a current affairs talk programme called Detector for Ruse’s TVN television[2] which had recently been relaunched. The first episode of the show on September 30 included with investigative journalists Dimitar Stoyanov and Attila Biro, about an investigation of alleged fraud with EU funds linked to big businessmen and politicians.[3] The second episode that had been planned to air afterwards would have covered the Hitrino train derailment accident,[4] which resulted in the death of 7 people and injured more than 29 others.[5] According to Bulgarian investigative journalists, the same companies that had been involved with the alleged fraud with EU funds, had also won a public procurement deal in the Hitrino case.[4] Among the suspects are Russian citizens, associated with the Bulgarian division of "Lukoil".[6]


In the afternoon of October 7, 2018, Marinova's body was found in a riverside park in Ruse, which is a popular walking and jogging spot for the citizens of the town. She had been beaten and raped prior to being murdered,[2] which had occurred around noon of that Saturday.[1] Marinova was the third journalist killed in the European Union in less than a year, after Daphne Caruana Galizia from Malta, and Jan Kuciak and his fiancée from Slovakia.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b "Bulgaria: Journalist Victoria Marinova brutally murdered". International Federation of Journalists. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Viktoria Marinova: Bulgarian TV journalist raped and murdered". The Guardian. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  3. ^ Our Foreign Staff (7 October 2018). "Bulgarian journalist found brutally murdered in park". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b Cooper, Alex. "Bulgarian Journalist Viktoria Marinova Violently Murdered". Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  5. ^ "Bulgaria: A year after the deadly disaster in Hitrino". The Sofia Globe. 2017-12-10. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  6. ^ "Русский след. Что известно об убийстве болгарской журналистки" [Russian trace: What is known about the murder of a Bulgarian journalist.]. Радио Свобода (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  7. ^ "TV Host's Brutal Murder Shakes Bulgaria". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  8. ^ "TV journalist murder arrest in Germany". BBC News. 2018-10-10.

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