Dear Mr. Boykikev, your boss Prokopiev is the one leading the oligarchy, not Peevski

Hristo Ivanov, the man who is ashamed of his family name Boykikev because of its involvement in the communist nomenclature, gave an interview for the (anti)Bulgarian desk of Deutsche Welle recently.

Boykikev, who let the equivalent of the coronavirus into the judicial system by knowingly introducing a system for random assignment of cases vulnerable to outside influence and was subsequently ousted as minister, is once again preaching morality. The type of morality informed by the talking points he was given by his boss Ivo Prokopiev, the lord of the mainstream media in Bulgaria.

However, every thinking person in the country has long become sick and tired of the oligarchy’s talking points. The goal of the highly produced “interview” given by Hristo Boykikev is clear – to inspire the latest attack against lawmaker and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski. Through the obedient Boykikev, the oligarchs are dusting off old smokescreens that would have people believe that Peevski is to blame for everything wrong in the country, that he has this almost mythical influence on the judicial system and other such nonsense churned out by the Fake News Factory.

Dear Mr. Boykikev, you know perfectly well that the big boss of the oligarchy in Bulgaria is your boss, Ivo Prokopiev You know this because for years you have been part of the dirty schemes and the parallel state of the oligarch, who arranged that you be parachuted into politics and have your own “political party”.

Prokopiev controls mainstream media in Bulgaria. Through Capital, his flagship weekly for insinuations and fabrications; the webistes Dnevnik, Mediapoll, Frognews and OFFNews and even via international websites (such as the occupied Bulgarian desk of Deutsche Welle), he controls over 60 media outlets. Print publications, news websites, TV channels – a veritable media empire, which he managed to create with the help of former PM Ivan Kostov.

This is why, dear Mr. Boykikev, when you talk about a “media machine”, you should talk about your boss, Prokopiev. Because it is he, not Peevski, who has a tight grip on the mainstream media in the country. Kostov’s favourite “privatisation investor” admitted as much years ago, during the ARGO-gate meeting, which also shone a light on the political aspirations of Lozan Panov, a judge with strong ties to the behind-the-scenes clique.

Peevski is not the one who has surrounded himself with oligarchs, dear Mr. Boykikev, it is your boss, Prokopiev. Mainstream media takes good care of Tsvetan Vassilev, Vasil Bozhkov, Sasho Donchev and Ognyan Donev, going so far as to portray them as some kind of national heroes. Your boss, dear Mr. Boykikev, uses his media machine and pawns to defend fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev, even though the evidence in the CorpBank case is enough to fill the Gabrovo municipal library. Your boss Prokopiev also defends Vasil Bozhkov, aka the Bulgarian El Chapo, who defrauded the state out of BGN 700m before fleeing to Dubai and who now faces 18 charges.

Peevski is not the one who was made who he is by Kostov, but your boss Prokopiev. The privatisation process during Kostov’s cabinet is what started the state on a path of decay and gave birth to the oligarchy. And so the oligarch Prokopiev acquired state-owned enterprises for cents on the dollar, became rich overnight and started to spread his icky tentacles everywhere – the media, the executive branch of power, the judicial system.

Peevski is not the one who devastated an entire town like Merichleri, comrade Boykikev, but once again your boss Prokopiev. Half of the people there got sick because of Prokopiev’s greed and the other half just ran away.

Peevski is not the one who regularly dictates personnel decisions in the judicial system, dear Mr. Boykikev, but your guy – Prokopiev. Just a year ago a prosecutor serving the behind-the-scenes clique went on a mission to shutter the best-selling daily newspaper in the country – Telegraph. You know all that very well even though your stint as a minister of justice was short and disastrous, painting you as the most incompetent man to ever occupy the position. Lozan Panov, the head of the most important court in the country, the Supreme Court of Cassation, and a man entangled in ties with the oligarchy, takes his orders not from Peevski, but from the oligarch Prokopiev. It was Kostov’s boy who inserted him there so Lozanov can protect him and his associates from getting sentenced for their crimes. He is also there to set convicted murderers free, as was the case with Australian citizen Jock Palfreeman, who is also a mouthpiece for the oligarchy.

Peevski is not the one who brought Bulgaria to the 111th spot on a famous press freedom ranking, dear Mr. Boykikev, it was once again your boss. It is Prokopiev who socializes with the so-called Reporters Without Borders and takes them to dinners, where “production meetings” are held. Ivo Prokopiev must have learnt this tactic as a youngster, when his father served as a director of communist dictator Todor Zhivkov’s favourite hunting ground near the town of Razgrad. Prokopiev is in control of mainstream media, as he admitted himself, and the result is the aforementioned 111th place. This is a fact, and when the facts speak even mainstream media remains guiltily silent. What other choice does it have when even the Bulgarian desks of the otherwise esteemed outlets Radio Free Europe and Deutsche Welle have been captured by Prokopiev through their bosses – Alexander Andreev and Ivan Bedrov, respectively, loyal puppets of the kaolin king who dutifully serve the oligarch.

Your latest attack against Peevski, dear Mr. Boykikev, is prompted by his social and legislative activities as a donor and a lawmaker. Because those dispelled the negative perception of him that Prokopiev’s so-called mainstream has been trying to foist on us for years to no avail. Another reason is that Ivo Prokopiev, Tsvetan Vassilev, Vasil Bozhkov and company are starting to feel the heat. These people are used to thieving, destroying and satisfying their whims at all costs. The oligarchs have been conditioned to spend dirty money, blood-stained money stolen from laid-off workers, defrauded depositors and scammed pensioners who buy scratch-off tickets. Their time is coming to an end and they are starting to feel the heat as if they are walking barefoot on the hot Dubai sands. The mere photo of Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev is enough to spook them because they know what they have done over the years of unchecked and unpunished plundering. When has an honest Bulgarian citizen who has a job or a business and takes care of his family ever been known to be scared of the Prosecutor’s Office? The only ones afraid are those who have reason to be. And the oligarchs have more than good reason, considering how much of the state’s resources they gobbled up.

This is why Pinocchio, who wants to be a real politician, struts onto the media stage. Sorry to disappoint you, dear Mr. Boykikev, but the talking points of the oligarchy will not do the trick.

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