“I am not going to resign because of a machination regarding the EC monitoring that was stirred up by a publication of a natural gas oligarch,” Minister of Justice Danail Kirilov told the Bulgarian National Television.
NGOs affiliated with the indicted oligarch Ivo Prokopiev are going to distribute the money that the government has earmarked for promoting civil society and funding projects of significance for society as a whole. This is made obvious by the list of 14 organisations that are going to be represented on the new Council for the Development of Civil Society.
The godfather of the mafia-style privatisation in Bulgaria, Ivan Kostov, crawled out from his private chamber to join yet another battle of the state against the behind-the-scenes clique. And he - quite expectedly - took the side of the shadowy clique.
One of the treasured dreams of any behind-the-scenes player is to create a monopoly over the truth. If we think of journalism as a lantern which throws light on the shady affairs and shows the naked truth about them then the ultimate goal of murky players is to hold fast of the lantern to avoid the possibility that light will be thrown on their own crimes.
Promoting democratic values and institutions. Bringing honest and objective news to the people. Producing independent and neutral journalism. Those were the three pillars Radio Free Europe identified in its mission statement at the end of 2018 as it announced it was resuming its news service in Bulgaria in the form of an online outlet.
Indicted oligarch Ivo Prokopiev is on his way to gaining control of the decision-making process at the Strasbourg Court after one of the most loyal, prominent and well-paid puppets of the Bulgarian oligarchy in the European institutions, the scandalous representative of our country in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Yonko Grozev, got himself a top position there. On 24 April he was elected to head one of the five ECHR sections, making him part of the management of the institution – the so-called Grand Chamber.
Every news – a fake news. This is the motto which inspires shock working at the offices of the oligarchic mainstream. The machine generating fakes is buzzing with activity at the media outlets sustained by Bulgaria’s behind-the-scenes clique – a group of indicted oligarchs, such as Ivo Prokopiev, Tsvetan Vassilev, Ognyan Donev and Sasho Donchev who for years now are using every newsworthy event in the country for attacking with lies the foes of their mentors.
Among the mongrels there is a breed called “street superior” used to sponge and spend the money picked from the pockets of other people. It’s a public secret that one may come across the species of this breed anywhere across the world but it appears that in Bulgaria their concentration is the highest.
Protester, Sorosoid, former model in ads of a mobile operator, toady of indicted oligarch Ivo Prokopiev – these are just some attributes characterising Ivo Bozhkov, municipal councilor from Yes, Bulgaria.
Nothing old has been forgotten, nothing new has been learnt. This maxim is especially true for the products of the obscurantist State Security who transformed themselves into “democrats” overnight and became millionaires just as quickly thanks to the Commander of the criminally conducted privatisation process in Bulgaria, former PM Ivan Kostov. These are the oligarchs, whose names have become painfully familiar by now.