ferred just under $43 million from his Townsville nickel company to his political party, family, friends and other family businesses.
Mr Palmer, who believed he was being spied on by the ASIO, told journalists at the time that he feared “all the assets I have’’ were about to be seized.
Liquidators — who have launched a $500 million lawsuit against Mr Palmer, his missing nephew and former Queensland Nickel director Clive Mensink, and 19 others — are pursuing Mr Sokolov and Mr Palmer for the return of the $7.6 million.
Mr Palmer denies any wrongdoing. The Sunday Herald Sun is not suggesting Mr Sokolov has done anything wrong.
The Sokolovs keep a low profile in Bulgaria, and own a discreet apartment in a building in Oborishte, one of the most prestigious suburbs in the capital, Sofia. The apartment sits above an upmarket meat and wine shop just outside the city centre.
Clive Palmer in Monte Carlo, disembarking from his cruise ship with wife Anna and daughter Emily, and ( inset) the Sofia apartment owned by his Bulgarian-based in- laws, Alexander (bottom) and Stiliyana Sokolov.