Tatyana Doncheva’s jokes: Peevski at every turn

Delyan Peevski

Apparently, this year bTV’s new year’s comedy show has come a bit earlier. One of the sketches came courtesy of “renowned comedian” Tatyana Doncheva, who dropped hilarious lines in her atrocious dialect.

In her signature rural pathos, the lawyer spoke with supreme confidence on everything from the election of the new prosecutor general, the appointment of the new head of the Anti-Corruption Commission for Illegal Assets Forfeiture (ACCIAF), road accidents, the division in the parliamentary group of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), the water crisis in Pernik, the minister of justice, the Constitution and convening a Grand National Assembly. It sounds like a preposterous hodgepodge of topics, but that is Doncheva’s style.

The former attorney of the shady business conglomerate Multigroup and current defender of the oligarchic Banev family has always had a finger in every pie, involving herself in obvious conflict-of-interest situations. For that reason she was expelled from the BSP some years ago, after which she swiftly changed allegiances and became a fierce antisocialist. Do not be fooled, however, her innocuous façade of a chatty lady of the people hides a cunning individual prepared to protect the interests of the oligarchy until her last breath.

That was her mission in her bTV appearance too, albeit masked as a Christmas comedy show. Doncheva just had to do her shtick: namely, warn how bad the newly elected prosecutor general Ivan Geshev was and how bad the new head of the ACCIAF Sotir Tsatsarov was. For months now, this talking point has been industriously spread by the media empire of oligarchs like Ivo Prokopiev, Tsvetan Vassilev and others, who control the so-called Fake News Factory in Bulgaria. The oligarchs have put in so much time and effort in this that everyone knows by now: they are afraid of an independent Prosecutor’s Office and a working anti-corruption commission that is able to threaten what is dearest to them – their property.

Asked why the parliamentary group of the BSP was divided during the vote on the appointment of Tsatsarov as head of the ACCIAF, Doncheva boldly said: “They want to avoid conflict with Peevski.”

This is the standard reply used by the oligarchy and its propaganda instruments – Peevski is to blame for everything, Peevski is at every turn. What does Delyan Peevski have to do with the ACCIAF or the BSP? Nothing, of course.

And yet, just like that, the sweet lady with the grating dialect accuses, without any arguments, the Telegraph Media publisher and lawmaker of the opposition party Movement for Rights and Freedoms of having something to do with the division in the BSP and the choice of new ACCIAF head.

Naturally, Tatyana Doncheva did not elaborate on that speculation, because even the queen of logorrhea could not whip up evidence and arguments to support it. But the damage was already done – she had done enough to wag the dogs, even if her host on the bTV programme was doing his best to ignore the verbal bomb. And when we say “dogs” we mean the plethora of “independent” (yeah, right) websites that immediately copy-pasted Doncheva’s words as if the International Court of Justice had spoken.

With her comedic talent, the attorney of the Banevs has always made an impression on the oligarchy’s media acolytes like Ognyan Stefanov (aka Agent Academician). Here, the provincial lawyer of a couple of provincial oligarchs like the Banevs calls an experienced magistrate of Geshev’s stature “a sergeant”. What is funny is that Doncheva, whom we have seen in the courtroom decked out in cheap sneakers or horrendously distasteful dresses more appropriate for some housewife sitting in front of the TV, watching soap operas, commented even on the fashion sense of Ivan Geshev. Speaking on the newly elected prosecutor general’s visit to Brussels, Doncheva threw out the following criticism: “Apparently no one taught him to button up his shirt or straighten his tie.”

Ms Doncheva, please look at yourself before mocking others.

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