Delyan Peevski: Pawns of Vassilev spew fake news against the lawmaker

Delyan Peevski

Pawns of fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev are spewing fake news regarding the supposed poisoning of his friend Emiliyan Gebrev. Days after the newspaper Capital, published by another indicted oligarch in Ivo Prokopiev, spread the information that the arms dealer was given the Novichok nerve agent in 2015, the story was picked up by Vassilev’s NGO Boets. In a lengthy Facebook post, the organisation, which gained popularity with the fact that its boss Georgi Georgiev personally visited the fugitive banker in Belgrade, is once again trying to entangle the name of lawmaker and Telegraph Media publisher Deliyan Peevski in the whole mess of lies.

To that end, Georgiev parroted the lies that the fugitive banker himself has been trying to sell to the public for years – that Peevski supposedly has Russian ties (author’s note – this version of the script has him owing “debt to Russians”) and that he wants to take control of Dunarit. Both assertions are not only lies but patently ridiculous simply because all these wants and wishes are strictly attributed to Tsvetan Vassilev and his circle, which, let us not forget, is composed in no small part of Russians.

Here is a brief overview of the events, in their chronological order. In early 2015, the mysterious Belgian with Russian passport Pierre Louvrier suddenly appeared in the management of Dunarit; he later turned out to be a figurehead of the so-called Russian Orthodox oligarch Konstantin Malofeev and extremely close with the leader of Russian separatists in Ukraine Igor Girkin-Strelkov. And so, without much fuss, Tsvetan Vassilev essentially gifted the Dunarit military plant to Konstantin Malofeev’s strawmen, attempting to disguise the move as a deal involving “western investors”. Then, at the end of 2015, a second Russian entered the picture – Dmitry Kosarev, also one of Malofeev’s men – posing as an “independent businessman” and saying that he got from Vassilev the same companies, including Dunarit. After that trick too failed to fool the Bulgarian society and the defrauded CorpBank depositors, at the beginning of 2016 Tsvetan Vassilev launched a plan, this time with the involvement of Emiliyan Gebrev, to irreversible sever the link between Dunarit and the loans it had received from the collapsed lender. Therefore, Gebrev is a continuation of the woeful saga with the “Russian” Louvrier – a sequel to a film franchise directed by Tsvetan Vassilev. Gebrev is the convenient second installment to the heist and not a Russian victim.

This exact sequence of the events is very important because only three years later Vassilev and Gebrev seem to have conveniently forgotten it and are spewing insinuations, omitting the fact that over the course of 2015 Dunarit was practically owned by Russians. Because there is no logical reason for Gebrev to be poisoned in April over Dunarit and potential Russian appetites towards the company, since the Louvrier-Malofeev duo had officially announced in March of that year their ownership of Dunarit. At the time, Gebrev was yet to be involved in Tsvetan Vassilev’s schemes targeting the military plant. He appeared years later as a continuation of the failed Russian saga involving the ownership of Dunarit. But the person selling the plant, acquired with CorpBank money, stays the same – Tsvetan Vassilev, only the people trying to execute the fraud change.

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