Oligarchy huddles up with president

Rumen Radev joins forces with the mafia, calls for rising against the cabinet and the judicial system

The oligarchy in Bulgaria provided public proof that the mafia controls the state – by gathering to demonstrate outside the president’s headquarters at 2 Dondukov Blvd. The institution that is supposed to symbolise the unity of our nation was shamelessly used by the shadowy circles as a battering ram against the establishment. President Rumen Radev himself assumed to role of a mouthpiece for the mafia by calling for a coup to take down the executive and judicial branches of power in an unprecedented disregard for the constitution on his part.

This episode is a culmination of an entire series of attempts for the government to be destabilised, painstakingly conducted by indicted oligarchs such as Ivo Prokopiev, Tsvetan Vassilev and Vasil Bozhkov, who activated all their pawns to attack the state.

But the calls for an uprising were prompted by the arrests of representatives of the president’s administration. The police brought into custody Radev’s advisor on legal affairs Plamen Uzunov, who was incriminated in influence peddling as a result of his text messaging with indicted businessman Plamen Bobokov coming to light, and the president’s secretary Iliya Milushev, who is being investigated in connection with an espionage case

The raids of 2 Dondukov Blvd obviously shook the mafia circles to the core, which is why the oligarchy called a gathering on the square outside the presidency. The charge signal came from oligarch Vasil Bozhkov, who is hiding in Dubai after the Prosecutor’s Office filed 18 charges against him. He unwittingly unmasked the oligarchy and publicly admitted that the behind-the-scenes clique in the country is preparing a united front against those in power. El Chapo, as the gambling tzar who defrauded the state coffers out of BGN 700m has been dubbed, called for the oligarchy’s trolls to gather outside 2 Dondukov Blvd, where prosecutors spend the day conducting their investigative work, followed by the arrests of advisors of Rumen Radev on suspicion of influence peddling. In the past several days, the shadowy circles, which until recently were careful to hide their interconnectedness, have started taking down their own masks. On Wednesday even the head of state did that by essentially admitting he is a puppet for another indicted oligarch – kaolin king Ivo Prokopiev. And so, representatives of Yes, Bulgaria, a political party led by Hristo Ivanov and created by Ivo Prokopiev; Maya Manolova, who at least publicly disavowed its communist allegiance and whose mayoral election campaign was financed by oligarch Vasil Bozhkov; and other trolls paid by banker Tsvetan Vassilev indicted for embezzling CorpBank gathered on the square outside the presidency. The gambling tzar hiding in Dubai Vasil Bozhkov was the one to call the oligarchy to arms. The ties between El Chapo and Prokopiev himself are pretty well known, which is why no one was surprised by the fact that Bozhkov is now openly urging the oligarchs to join forces. The new political project of the oligarchy, Bulgarian Summer, was announced as part of that alliance.

After nearly 30 years of proving the maxim that every country has a mafia, but only in Bulgaria the mafia has a country, the oligarchs created by the State Security and the behind-the-scenes clique are finally facing retribution for their crimes. And just in that moment Bozhkov calls up the troops to attack the establishment with a new political party. This project is now a fact.

The reason is pretty mundane – the noose around the neck of oligarchs such as Bozhkov, Tsvetan Vassilev, Ivo Prokopiev, Ognyan Donev and Sasho Donchev is clearly tightening, as the judicial system is at their doorstep. With their backs against the wall, the oligarchs have started to put the billions of levs they stole from the public to use, establishing a party headed by the mafia’s political bureau.

As any other political organisation, Bulgarian Summer needs PR and a media platform and it has people to rely on in that regard. Professional protester Ivet Dobromirova, who is a minion of the oligarchy, has taken on the task of polishing the image of the fugitive Bozhkov. On the other hand, we have bTV, aka Bozhkov TV, which is controlled by the so-called mainstream machine. Bozhkov’s connection there has long been made clear – through the executive director of bTV Florian Skala and Ivo Prokopiev. Last but not least is the financial assistance on which the latest political mobster relies – the other major fugitive Tsvetan Vassilev, along with natural gas tycoon Sasho Donchev and the master of pharmaceuticals Ognyan Donev, has already teamed up with Bozhkov. They all have legitimate reasons to hate the state and the Prosecutor’s Office.

However, the Bulgarian Madoff, who stole BGN 5.6bn from CorpBank and subsequently holed himself up in Belgrade, has on more than one occasion shown his desire to occupy the seat of prime minister. He even doled out hefty sums to attend governance classes abroad. In the current situation, however, Vassilev has apparently conceded the leadership position to Bozhkov and supports the latter in every way he can.

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