Candidacy that strikes fear in the heart of oligarchy

Delyan Peevski

In the grips of fear and pre-election exultation, the oligarchy in Bulgaria is furiously producing fake news. One of its prominent mouthpieces Ivan Bedrov, who as a head of the Bulgarian desk of the otherwise highly-regarded Radio Free Europe (RFE) took under his wing former employees of the indicted oligarchs Ivo Prokopiev and Ognyan Donev, recently conducted himself as a veritable internet troll.

Bedrov is using the Bulgarian desk of the RFE to spew fake news. The actual truth, however, is that the indicted oligarchs and the fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev, who stole BGN 5-6bn from CorpBank depositors, loath the fact that lawmaker of the opposition party Movement for Rights and Freedoms and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski is on the party’s list of EP-election candidates.

They are afraid because they know that the lawmaker has been winning every election he ran for over the years. People know him and know that he is true to his word; it is evident how he fights against the oligarchs in Bulgaria through legislative measures aimed at preventing their fraudulent schemes, while his media outlets expose all their shady deals. This is why for a second straight week the oligarchs’ pawns are doing everything in their power to block Peevski’s path to Brussels.

The participants in this smear campaign have gone so far off the rails that the oligarch Prokopiev’s media is posting manipulative polls with absurd questions that have nothing to do with facts and reality. The Fake News Factory is spewing media manipulations against Peevski on a daily basis – even the puppet judge Lozan Panov has been put to work, while Boets, the personal NGO of the Bulgarian Madoff, threw itself in the smear campaign to great effect. Their goal, as always, is to lobby in favour of the behind-the-scenes clique so the latter can preserve the status quo so convenient to its interests.    

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