Communist pseudo-supporter of NATO spreads fake news items about Peevski

The oligarchy activated Boyko Noev through his ties to the totalitarian security services

Boyko Noev

The oligarchy has once again activated Boyko Noev, supposedly a NATO supporter but really a Kremlin subversive in addition to a former defence minister in the cabinet of Ivan Kostov. In an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, he disseminated his latest fake news against lawmaker and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski. Noev lied that the National Service for Protection provides security services for the MP’s business. Of course, he failed to mention that there is a designated commission, made up of officials from the Ministry of Interior and the security agencies, that is tasked with determining who should receive such services on the grounds of existing threats to their life.

Right away, the fake news item was further spread by the website Frognews, owned by Noev’s fellow former State Security agent – Ognyan Stefanov, aka Agent Academician. Stefanov is apparently no longer satisfied with defending the financial fraudster Tsvetan Vassilev, who stole BGN 5.6bn from the depositors in the pyramid scheme that CorpBank turned out to be. No, he is now also standing up for the gambling tzar Vasil Bozhkov, who defrauded the state coffers out of BGN 700m before fleeing to Dubai.

The love that Noev and Stefanov have for Tsvetan Vassilev is immense. Noev used to work for the Bulgarian Madoff, who now sponsors Agent Academician. As part of the State Security legacy, they both regularly float insinuations against Peevski, which are then retranslated by the entire mainstream media machine of indicted oligarch Ivo Prokopiev.

The former defence minister works in cooperation with the arms dealer Emiliyan Gebrev. The duo has been developing the military department of the behind-the-scenes circles in Bulgaria. The two are deeply connected and have the same origin stories – former communist party members, both Noev and Gebrev come from the obscurantist regime’s intelligence agencies. The arms dealer effectively let it slip that he used to be an associate of the State Security thanks to a lawsuit he filed at the Administrative Court in Sofia.

However, Noev has not been officially outed as a former agent. In 2001, as a minister of defence he reinstated Gebrev’s licence, of which the arms dealer had been stripped following the seizure of a Nicaragua-bound delivery by the US customs officers.

These days, Noev has embraced a new role – expert on conspiracy theories. We should also remind that he was in Tsvetan Vassilev’s employment until 2014 – at Bromak, a majority shareholder in the now failed CorpBank.

The visitor logs at the fugitive banker’s office show that Noev frequently met with Vassilev there despite his claims that the two do not know each other. Gebrev also plays for team Vassilev, serving as the oligarchy’s inside man in the military plant Dunarit, which twice has been targeted in the second-plundering attempts of Tsvetan Vassilev and his Russian mentor – oligarch Kosntantin Malofeev. Former KGB agent Leonid Reshetnikov and Malofeev have been banned from entering the country for 10 years because of their involvement in the so-called Plan Bulgaria. Together with Nikolay Malinov, who faces charges of spying for two Russian organisations, they tried to steer Bulgaria’s geopolitical positioning back to the Moscow family fold. They were supposed to fund this campaign with a billion lev worth of assets acquired with the money of CorpBank depositors, which the Bulgarian Madoff was trying to get his hands on through the secondary plundering of the lender. Their plan failed as it was uncovered by the Prosecutor’s Office.

Dunarit is invaluable to the Kremlin because it makes products in line with NATO standards and therefore has all the specifications of ammunitions and equipment used by members of the military alliance. It also has information about the various orders taken by Bulgaria and the rest of the Member States.

Noev is one of those impudent figures from Bulgaria’s transition to democracy who were die-hard communists before the events of 10 November 1989 and then proceeded to undergo a series of political metamorphoses until they rebranded their image as devout right-wingers who espouse EU and NATO values. After graduating from the English Language High School in Sofia in 1973, Noev joined an agency of the communist military intelligence system – the Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces, first at the radar intelligence unit and then as a translator. As a valuable communist party member, Noev was sent to Moscow to study international relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Now he is part of the State Security apparatus that the oligarchy activates whenever it feels threatened in order to deceive and manipulate the Bulgarian public.

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