Oligarchs activate Pinocchio against Peevski
Their pawns cover up the Russian ties of Tsvetan Vassilev, aka the Bulgarian Madoff
11 May, 2018
The failed former Minister of Justice Hristo Ivanov, better known as Pinocchio because of his lies, has spearheaded the oligarchy's latest attacks against our publisher Delyan Peevski.
In a Facebook post, the prominent descendant of the Boykikevi communist family writes that Prime Minister Boyko Borisov exhibits a schizophrenic behaviour in connection to the justice system reform and corruption. It would seem that Pinocchio suffers from a split personality disorder - after all, it was he who was repeatedly spotted outside of Borisov's office, meekly waiting for the chance to push for the oligarchy's absurd ideas regarding the judicial branch of power. These can be boiled down to two things - to gain control of the Public Prosecutor's Office, and along with it the Supreme Judicial Council, in order for the behind the scenes' clique to put its people on key positions in the sector, people tasked with protecting its interests in corruption cases. Cases like the one filed against pharmaceutical tycoon and owner of the media battering ram Club Z, Ognyan Donev, charged with tax evasion for BGN 62m, and which is set to be concluded soon.
This hypocritical behaviour on Hristo Ivanov's part was triggered by the institutional war between Bulgaria's head of state and the prime minister and the involvement of Delyan Peevski's name, who in turn was adamant that he is waging no wars and is only trying to hold Ivo Prokopiev accountable for the fake news being spread by his media outlets.
The reason why Hristo Ivanov is rushing to Prokopiev's defence, however, is deeper than what a cursory glance might indicate. Former PM Ivan Kostov's people showed their dissatisfaction with the fact that the Fake News Factory's lies about our publisher became stale and the entire slandering machine was exposed. Ivan Kostov's mouthpiece in this story is the journalist Vladimir Bereanu, a prominent agent of the communist police - State Security's Sixth Main Directorate (see text box). Bereanu grandly pronounced that Prokopiev's media outlets are not in opposition. This statement is partially true, if we consider the generous state subsidy and the fact that PM Boyko Borisov is a regular guest of the events organised by the Capital circle.
The chorus defending the Bulgarian Madoff was joined by another face - familiar thanks to Prokopiev's media outlets - paid professional protester and one of the favourite authors of Dnevnik, the Fake News Factory's flagship, Daniel Smilov. The grant-funded wannabe political analyst to whom the oligarchy's media often turns for “expert opinion” made a comment about the first year of the cabinet's term. In his analysis, between remarks about PM Boyko Borisov's domestic and foreign policy, Smilov inserted Peevski's name, mechanically and out of nowhere, as is the style of the Factory. Let us remind that it was this political expert on the oligarchy's payroll who sprinkled fairy dust on the creation of the mobster party Yes, Bulgaria with his write-ups, and who functions as its informal spokesman by formulating its talking points and fake news items and then multiplies them in the Capital circle publications and their satellite websites.
In the latest of the oligarchy's attempts to conceal the Russian ties of Tsvetan Vassilev, aka the Bulgarian Madoff, and to pin non-existent such on our publisher, shined also the established professional protester Ivan Bedrov, deputy editor-in-chief of Club Z and author for the Bulgarian section of Deutsche Welle. Bedrov, who was an active participant in the semi-conspiratorial ARGO-gate meetings of the behind-the-scenes clique (see text box), is spreading the preposterous thesis that Peevski's media outlets are “in the avant-garde of the anti-European, anti-Liberal and pro-Putin propaganda in Bulgaria”. This lie is immediately disproven as soon as one checks the issues of Telegraph, Monitor and Politika, as well as the Monitor Agency's files, which are accessible on the internet. This strategy is intended to hide the oligarchy's Russian connections. Incessantly repeating the same lie about a connection between Peevski and Russia is meant to, first and foremost, conceal Tsvetan Vassilev's ties to his Russian protectors.
Bedrov has good reason to defend the Bulgarian Madoff. Otherwise, the money Vassilev is pouring into the shadowy clique from his hiding place in Belgrade will soon dry out. Bedrov is simply trying to hide Tsvetan Vassilev's friends, who wanted to buy for pennies on the dollar the premium assets of CorpBank, including putting their hands on TV7 with the intention of turning it into a propaganda channel for the Kremlin. The Russian friends of the fugitive banker include the KGB and Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation general Leonid Reshetnikov, who was a long-time resident in Bulgaria and the Balkans; the so-called Orthodox oligarch Konstantin Malofeev; his right-hand man, businessman Dmitry Kosarev; the first ever prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Borodai; and its notorious former Minister of Defence Igor Girkin-Strelkov, who took part in all armed conflicts in the former Soviet zone of influence, including in Bosnia, where he allegedly committed war crimes. Bedrov, who is on Ognyan Donev's payroll and an author for Deutsche Welle, is part of the Fake News Factory, while the Bulgarian section of the otherwise respected media outlet is playing the role of an international laundry machine for the behind-the-scenes clique's insinuations and lies.