On October 14, 2014 Romeo Mihov Ruskov, 48 was deported from the U.S. back to his native Bulgaria by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE). Ruskov brutally raped a minor in Bulgaria in 1993, illegally entered the U.S. in 1995 and managed to hide from justice for nearly two decades. His case exemplifies the inexcusable shortcomings of our lax immigration system.
Ruskov was removed from Chicago via commercial aircraft, arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria on Oct. 15, 2014. He is the subject of an Interpol Red Notice (an arrest warrant or court order issued by the judicial authorities in the country concerned). Ruskov was convicted for gang raping a minor in Bulgaria, using threats and force. For this heinous crime, Ruskov was sentenced to four years in prison. An appellate decision issued by the Bulgarian Pazardzhik District Court on Nov. 8, 2012 upheld the conviction and sentence.
After committing the rape in 1993, Ruskov escaped justice by flying to Mexico City. Once there, he paid a smuggler (a “coyote”) $3,000 to help him illegally cross the U.S./Mexico border via the state of Texas in 1995. Ruskov was captured by the U.S. Border Patrol and placed in deportation proceedings.