Servant of Tsvetan Vassilev slanders Delyan Peevski
Agent Academician writes paid-for fake news items; dreams up millions spent on US lobbyists
Ognyan Stefanov, a loyal footboy of the scammer Tsvetan Vassilev, has concocted the latest fake news item targeting our publisher, MRF lawmaker Delyan Peevski. Agent Academician, as was Stefanov's alias while still with the communist State Security agency, has been using for years his website Frognews as an informal press office for the fugitive banker hiding in Belgrade. In the Fake News Factory, coordinated by oligarch Ivo Prokopiev, Frognews plays the role of an on-the-fringe website disseminating the most absurd of fables.
Ognyan Stefanov, a loyal footboy of the scammer Tsvetan Vassilev, has concocted the latest fake news item targeting our publisher, MRF lawmaker Delyan Peevski. Agent Academician, as was Stefanov's alias while still with the communist State Security agency, has been using for years his website Frognews as an informal press office for the fugitive banker hiding in Belgrade. In the Fake News Factory, coordinated by oligarch Ivo Prokopiev, Frognews plays the role of an on-the-fringe website disseminating the most absurd of fables. It is invariably the first to publish such stories without any attempt at credibility, and once the fake news items spewed by Frognews are left to “marinate” in the network for manipulations for a while, they are recycled through the rest of the network's information channels.
Such is the latest case involving a shameless slandering text about Peevski. Frognews cherry-picks passages from an article in its Fake News Factory fellow member, Bivol, concerning advertisement contracts between the Ministry of Tourism and some US companies.
The insinuation in the Bivol article is that if one of these companies – Sanitas International, has had dealings, be it in another case connected to the Azerbaijani government, with BGR Government Affairs, hired to represent Delyan Peevski in the claim filed by Tsvetan Vassilev against the lawmaker in the US, then there somehow must be a connection between the sums paid by the Bulgarian state in the US and Peevski.
Jeffrey Birnbaum, president of BGR Public Relations and a principal of BGR Government Affairs, however, has categorically refuted this latest fable of the Fake News Factory (see text box).
The original text has nothing to do with Peevski whatsoever. But Frognews, in a manipulative fashion, throws the name of our publisher in there together with claims made by its sources that Minister Nikolina Angelkova supposedly travelled to the US to stick up for Peevski in relation to the patched-up claim that Tsvetan Vassilev, aka the Bulgarian Madoff, filed against the lawmaker under the Magnitsky Act. On top of that, the $10,000 that Bivol mentions, without connecting them to Peevski in any way, suddenly mushroom to $1m in the Frognews article, which claims in the absence of any proof that the sum was paid for the defence of Peevski. And while in the text's first sentence agent Academician formulates in the form of a question his slandering speculation whether Angelkova actually paid $1m to save Peevski from legal consequences, by the end of it, he is so wrapped up in the communist propaganda techniques that he outright asks where the money came from. Some real events are sprinkled in, including press releases about visits of US politicians to Bulgaria, to create the pretence of credibility amid all the lies in the text which are attributed to “sources from the security services” but which, judging by the talking points, really come from Belgrade.
As a classic media servant, Ognyan Stefanov has long been primarily charged with entertaining his master Tsvetan Vassilev by inventing tales not unlike Scheherazade. Delyan Peevski is regularly cast in the role of the main villain in Stefanov's inventions. And this is because Peevski's Telegraph Media publications have thoroughly investigated the robbery of the century that was Vassilev's embezzlement of BGN 4.7bn of CorpBank depositors' money. We were also the first to pull back the curtain on Vassilev's shady ties with the Russian so-called Orthodox oligarch Konstantin Malofeev and his puppets Pierre Louvrier and Dmitry Kosarev, with the help of whom the Bulgarian Madoff attempted to deal the assets plundered from CorpBank. In response, people like Ognyan Stefanov, whose services have been bought by Vassilev thanks to the money stolen from CorpBank, are constantly inundating the public consciousness with fake news items about Peevski. Frognews has been also the source of epic nonsense like the allegation that Peevski went to Africa to sell submachine guns to terrorists.