Christo Grozev 

Christo Grozev
 

Christo Grozev is a lead Russia investigator with Bellingcat, focusing on security threats, extraterritorial clandestine operations, and the weaponization of information. He joined Bellingcat in 2015, and has been involved in high level data-driven investigation that led to identifying the officers who poisoned Russia’s opposition leader, Alexei Navalny (2020),  he identified the suspects in the Novichok poisonings in the UK (2018), which earned him and his team the European Prize for Investigative Journalism; he identified two senior Russian officer linked to the shooting down of flight MH17 in 2014, as well as GRU officers involved with the planned coup In Montenegro in 2016.

Christo Grozev (1969, Plovdiv, Bulgaria) studied journalism at the American University in Bulgaria and initiated his professional life as a radio reporter in Plovdiv. He later founded the first commercial radio station in Bulgaria and developed a career in managing radio stations in different countries: The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia, and Bulgaria,

Grozev lives in Vienna.