Attack against Delyan Peevski: How fake news dies down after Capital strikes

Delyan Peevski

Do you know who invented lying? If wise sayings are to be believed – it was the devil. Perhaps he suffered from amnesia and that is why he forgot to trademark it, which has led to oversaturation of the market and fierce competition in modern times. In Bulgaria, the most active producer of lies is unmistakably the editorial offices of Prokopiev’s factory for lies, or fake news as they are called these days.

After a week of making up lies about whether Peevski meets the requirement for MEP candidates to have lived in the country for a certain period to be allowed to stand for election in EP elections (a question that was unambiguously answered by the Central Election Commission and the Supreme Administrative Court), Prokopiev’s Fake News Factory decided to change the die and spread the fake news against the lawmaker and Telegraph Media publisher in English too. To change things up, this time the task of carrying out such orders was not entrusted to the usual suspects – the Brussels-based website Euractiv and its contributor Georgi Gotev, a former State Security agent obsessed with Peevski – but to the more obscure but still English-language website Sofia Globe. In an article headlined by the remarkably truthful “Bulgaria’s supreme court rejects attempt to block Peevski from European Parliament election”, an anonymous team of the publication disseminates what seems to be all the fake news items ever published on the topic by the cogs of the oligarchs’ slandering machine operating in Bulgaria. This includes the falsified flight data released by the website with ties to the Kremlin – Bivol. The data was also used in the courtroom by Nikolay Hadzhigenov, the lawyer representing the NGO Boets, which is affiliated with the fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev. But as you may have discerned by now, the abovementioned ties, which, unlike the fake news described earlier, have been proven with documents, are not mentioned in the Sofia Globe article.

It is a mystery who wrote the piece, but we do know that the website’s owner Clive Leviev-Sawyer is connected to the editorial offices of Capital, for which he contributed on numerous occasions as an author. This answers the question about the sources in the Sofia Globe article. If Bulgarian writer Peyo Yavorov were alive today, he would probably paraphrase the title of one of his famous plays to “How fake news dies down after Capital strikes”.  

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