Oligarchy’s websites pin Pernik water crisis on Delyan Peevski
They give a fake news clinicMonitor News Agency , Sofia
A true clinic in fake news was given recently by Frognews owned by Ognyan Stefanov, former agent of the obscurantist State Security, and the rest of the websites owned by indicted oligarchs in Bulgaria.
On the eve of Christmas, the former operative of the communist security agency showed that in his media outlet journalism has long been replaced by ugly PR in favour of his mentor Tsvetan Vassilev, who has been charged with the embezzlement of BGN 4bn from the purposefully failed CorpBank. The latest fabrication against the lawmaker Delyan Peevski appeared namely in Frognews under the title “Lawyer: Water for Pernik redirected to Stomana-Pernik and then to the hydroelectric power plant of MRF-Peevski”. The text’s headline alone contains more lies than words. The article itself cites the Facebook profile of Attorney Desislava Stoyneva from the town of Dupnitsa, who in turn cites… Facebook.
This chain for fake news production without real sources and evidence is nothing new for the oligarchs’ Fake News Factory. For years, they have found anonymous authors to spread their lies on social media, so that the media outlets published by them can copy-paste those fabrications citing “people with knowledge of the situation” or “media reports”. And so the wheel of lies is spinning with the sole purpose of defaming Peevski as much as possible.
A simple visit to the public registers would reveal that the lawmaker does not own a hydroelectric power plant and that all the companies in which he has business interests are listed and have disclosed their ownership. But such facts do not matter to the oligarchs, who are paying for the libel machine operating against the lawmaker to keep grinding.
A perusal of social media reveals several interesting facts. The Dupnitsa attorney cited by Frognews used to work as a legal practitioner with the municipality in the town ran by the infamous Galev brothers and her tenure there was marred by reports that she failed to legally challenge court decisions that were to the detriment of the municipality. Her Facebook profile says that she is currently working at Atorny Law, which is presented as an aerospace company. Her name was also in the news thanks to the liquidation of the municipal company Financial and Accounting Office.
Stoyneva also sits on the Board of Directors of the joint-stock company Dupnitsa Property Register held by the municipality and the US company Panel Group Bulgaria OOD.According to local media reports, the joint-stock entity was set up as a vehicle to steal attractive municipal property in Dupnitsa, paying under their market value.
Another intriguing fact is that the assertion that Peevski was behind the Pernik water crisis was also made by another pseudo-journalist tied to the oligarchic circles – Samuil Petkanov. In his website, NeNovinite (the AntiNews), he published a humorous text parroting this thesis, with the asterisk that the content was fiction. The article, however, conveniently popped up in the indicted oligarch Ivo Prokopiev’s website Dnevnik, from where it spread like wildfire on social media. Alas, the disclaimer that that was a fake news item was completely dropped.
The financial fraudster Tsvetan Vassilev, who has been in another country, hiding from the Bulgarian judicial system, for years, is using hefty chunks from the billions he stole from CorpBank depositors to pay his favourite “press office”. In exchange, Frognews is working tirelessly and producing smear campaigns against the behind-the-scenes clique’s main enemy – lawmaker from the opposition party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski.
The goal is simple – to make Peevski look like the worst man in Bulgaria in the eyes of the public so that his publications Monitor and Telegraph can be silenced after a decade of exposing the shady deals of oligarchs like Tsvetan Vassilev, Ivo Prokopiev, Ognyan Donev and Sasho Donchev, who were brought up under the wing of State Security and mentor, former right-wing PM Ivan Kostov. Efforts to slander Peevski are also aimed at discrediting his legislative initiatives, which serve to stave off all attempts to defraud the state and its citizens.
Meanwhile, the minions of the indicted oligarchs are sparing no time or resources in turning out fake news against Peevski on a daily basis. They have no qualms about it either.