Fugitive gambling tycoon fights for his vast trove of artifacts Slav Okov, Bloomberg · February 13, 2020 at 7:19 am Public quarrels between politicians and rich businessmen over alleged links to organized crime are hardly new, especially in a country ranked among the most corrupt in Europe. The case of Vasil Bozhkov in Bulgaria, though, has captured the national imagination because it cuts to the heart of the Balkan country’s heritage. The 63-year-old gambling tycoon amassed a trove of more than 3,000 archaeological artifacts said to be dating from 4,000 B.C. to the sixth century. While their value is unknown, Bozhkov has said he was once offered 600 million euros ($655 million) for just part of the antiquities collection by an unnamed country building a new museum.