Oligarchy wags the dog against Delyan Peevski

Delyan Peevski

On 1 May the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced its position that the MEP candidacy of lawmaker and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski conforms with the requirements set out in the relevant legislation. The CEC decision was clear, unambiguous and firm.

On that same day, when most of the country celebrated Labour Day, the journalist Petar Cholakov of the anti-Bulgarian Bulgarian desk of Deutsche Welle was apparently looking to do some work. How? Well, by producing the latest fabrications against Delyan Peevski. One can imagine Cholakov spending his holiday in his robe and worrying over the question “Is Peevski eligible to be an MEP?”

It is beyond clear that the journalist did not even read the decision of the independent body that is the CEC before ineptly trying his hand at the essay genre because the CEC statement actually addresses his concerns. Or perhaps he does not care about the fact that Delyan Peevski’s MEP candidacy is perfectly legal and put forward by the appropriate local party structures in accordance with the rules.

Yes, Mr Cholakov, Peevski is eligible to run for MEP – just ask the CEC.

The struggles of Deutsche Welle, which cites a report filed by the NGO Boets (an organisation controlled by the fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev and his oligarchic partners), are perfectly understandable. You can spin things all you want, but you will not get people to believe you without facts.

Deutsche Welle and Cholakov keep droning on, “Has Peevski been living in the country for the past six months?” Notice that they not have facts or evidence one way or another and are just asking a question. They might as well ask, “Was Peevski in Paris during the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire?”

Having not been able to solve the mystery of Delyan Peevski’s home address (which he nevertheless points out as an obstacle to the lawmaker’s MEP candidacy), Cholakov proceeds to pose an even more existential question: “Why is Peevski in politics anyways? Why does society allow the rise of such ‘master manipulators’?” Cholakov wonders. Has the journalist read The Twelve Chairs? And what he does in journalism anyways? After all, professionals in this sphere are supposed to use facts not grant-funded organisations’ questions, insinuations and imaginings.

Further down his void-of-facts “essay” Deutsche Welle’s Cholakov somewhat pompously announces that this June marks the sixth anniversary from the protests against Peevski’s appointment in the State Agency for National Security (SANS). He makes it sound as an event of the magnitude of the French Revolution. The fake news piece, however, conveniently skips that Delyan Peevski stepped down from his position in SANS with dignity and of his own volition. But even the melodramatic digression about the 2013 protesters, most of who quickly found well-paid sinecure jobs later, in no way supports the assertion that Peevski’s MEP candidacy is illegal.

“The arrogance of politicians blossoms in a society dominated by a subservient and uncritical type of mindset, a vestige of the communist era. It flourishes in countries where voters queue outside of polling stations like shoals of goldfish. It is widely believed that this member of the carp family has fleeting memory – everything is wiped out in seconds,” the wannabe writer Cholakov writes in his fake news piece.

Wow, and here we thought that the goldfish is just one (like in the tale), but apparently there is more and they swim in shoals. And that is not all – goldfish is actually carp… Go figure.

According to Cholakov, the ALDE supposedly refused to comment on Peevski’s candidacy. Did it really refuse or does he omit the alliance’s response because it is not convenient?

“The dogs bark, but Peevski goes on,” writes in conclusion Deutsche Welle, paraphrasing a Bulgarian proverb about futile efforts to change a situation. Thus, the media outlet unwittingly associates its ludicrous article against Delyan Peevski with a dog bark. There is another proverb on the canine theme and it literally goes “Dogs understand the language of the stick”. In this case, the proverbial stick is wielded by the Bulgarian oligarchy, which is just wagging the dogs just like in that famous Hollywood film. The person inconvenient to the oligarchy is Peevski, but the oligarchy’s dogs are barking a fake tune.

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