Daughter joins the chorus
7 December, 2017
The daughter of fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev, who has charges brought against her but like her father is hiding abroad from the Bulgarian justice system, made her contribution to the output of the Fake News Factory with two pieces on Vassilev’s website. The latest attack on Delyan Peevski authored by father and daughter started with a new material focused on the Magnitsky Act. It repeats the talking points formulated by Vassilev and the other mentors of the Fake News Factory, including the insistence that the fugitive banker currently on trial for draining billions of levs from CorpBank was the victim of a “corporate raid”. The secondary plunder of CorpBank is also being pinned on Peevski, even though the newspapers Telegraph, Monitor, and Politika and the Monitor News Agency published tonnes of evidence that it is Vassilev who is behind the secondary plunder. Separately, Peevski, together with his fellow MRF members of parliament Yordan Tsonev and Hamid Hamid, introduced to the National Assembly a bill amending the Bank Insolvency Act, which would not only stop the secondary plunder but also allow the recovery of what Vassilev and his circle have stolen. It is those changes, along with the revelations about Vassilev and his oligarchic cronies Ivo Prokopiev, Sasho Donchev, Ognyan Donev and Grisha Ganchev, the henchman through whom Petrol was stolen, that are the reason for the relentless attacks on Peevski by the Bulgarian Madoff and the Fake News Factory serving the behind-the-scenes clique.
On Tuesday, Radosveta Vassileva published another article – this time against the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, another one of the talking points formulated by the oligarchs and disseminated by their town criers. At the end of the piece, which parrots all of the lies of the criminal group trying to sabotage the Bulgarian Presidency, the banker’s daughter does not fail to mention the online petition in support of her father’s application under the Global Magnitsky Act.Radosveta was cited as a defendant several months ago and like her mother will have to answer before the court for money laundering. The charge stems from a fraud involving the purchase and sale of a property, just like in her mother’s case. But while Antoaneta Vassileva is in legal trouble because of a €20m palace at Lake Geneva, Radosveta is being prosecuted for a deal involving a golf course-sized apartment in the Saints Constantine and Helena resort. Radosveta used money embezzled from CorpBank and paid for the property of the company Health and Wellness BGN 2.194m donated to her by her father. Just two years later, in 2015, she sold the apartment to another company affiliated with her father and a CorpBank borrower – “Agro In 2001” for BGN 190,000. Golden faucets were installed in the apartment at her order. In total, the family owns over a dozen properties across the country – the affluent Boyana neighbourhood and other areas in Sofia, Sozopol and Gabrovo. Business deals in the Vassilev family go hand in hand with family acquisitions, including movable property like expensive cars and even private airplanes.