President Radev – Ara, the parrot, of Capital circle

His behind-the-scenes’ trainers train him for circus tricks to distract the public attention

The head of our state, who should represent the nation and should be its unifier according to the Constitution, proved to be a simple parrot. The events of the recent weeks have removed Rumen Radev’s mask and his feathered nature beneath has shown up - a colorful bird, Ara macaw, tied up to the Capital circle.

An interesting deja vu can be observed in our country every two years - a head-on clash between the President’s Administration and the Council of Ministers, resulting in a state shook. A simple check in the media archives from 2 years ago shows that just 800 days ago, the prime minister and the president got into a public fight again and the playing card called Delyan Peevski’s was placed in the centre of the events again. It is alarming, however, that the only thing which shows up from these circus scenes is the parrot Radev, and although subjected to 800 days training by the Capital circle, he has been taught to repeat only "Peevski, Peevski". The tragicomic situation also raises the logical question - are his behind-the-scenes’ trainers so incompetent that they failed to train their bird in other tricks as well?

There is another question too - why Peevski annoys so much those behind-the-scenes circles, that they have made so much effort to smear him? The opposition MRF MP and publisher of Telegraph Media has been denigrated for a decade by the media machine of the kaolin oligarch Ivo Prokopiev, because of lawmaker’s legislative changes, which brought to light the heavy commitments in the media environment and thwarted the attempted secondary plundering of CorpBank, bankrupt by Tsvetan Vassilev. Apart of this, the Telegraph media outlets have been bringing to light by their investigations the oligarchs’ affairs, who drained state money into the private pockets of a handful of behind-the-scenes players. Telegraph media outlets have been fighting for 20 years against the shady deals of Prokopiev, who literally wrapped his tentacles in a poisonous embrace around the neck of the state and its citizens.

For last two decades, our pages have been covered by hundreds of investigations about how Prokopiev turned for one night from young and ambitious reporter in a business newspaper into a proud owner of key state assets such as Kaolin and Damyanitsa. Thanks to the millions poured into the pockets of the then 29-year-old scribbler, he decided that he could line up even governments off-stage. Surely, not without the support of his mentor – the former PM Ivan Kostov. The Prime Minister Boyko Borissov even acknowledged the truth about these ties, saying in an interview a few years ago that Prokopiev had installed 5-6 “own” ministers in his first cabinet. Such behind-the-scenes’ dependences would not be accepted in any European country. But here, in our country, Prokopiev has hidden behind his media outlets and any time, when someone dares to lift the curtain on how he and the other oligarchs have taken control of the country, their screams reach Brussels. Fearing that the truth could become known, Kostov, who distributed assets worth BGN 20b to his pawns during the bandit privatization process, activated all his levers of influence. We, from Telegraph Media know this best. Only few years ago, using the Central Election Commission as a shield, an inadmissible encroachment on freedom of speech was committed in our country - a book with our investigations on how Kostov, Prokopiev and the other oligarchs privatised even the civil society was literally prohibited. Such a thing has not happened in the democratic history of our country. But the oligarchs, while pretending to be true supporters of democracy and the rule of law, are organizing with pleasure a real auto-da-fe against the investigations which expose them. However, this attempt to shut our mouths did not frighten us, on the contrary - we published over a dozen books so far, revealing how our country was cut to pieces by Kostov&Co and then heinously plundered. We also published a series of investigations, collected even in specialized publications such as Fact and Telegraph. This was followed by a second blow - much more brutal than the first one. The trade mark of the Telegraph newspaper was prohibited by the signature of nobody else, but the Prosecutor's Office (the same Prosecutor's Office which Prokopiev&Co. is currently trying to pin quite ridiculously to Peevski– editor’s note)

That is the reason why the attacks against Peevski of Prokopiev and the other oligarchs, who are hiding behind the sign "publishers" do not surprise anyone.   However, the fact is impressive, that these active measures against the lawmaker are taken by the official authorities in the country, in order to be settled old personal scores. 

The emblematic remark about the "short memory of the people" said by the founder of the behind-the-scenes’ clique Ivan Kostov, has been circulating in public for years. The script-writers of political scandals rely exactly on this short memory. They repeat the same play for naive people for a short period, hoping for a different result each time. That is why they have been fighting against the press for years - because it remembers and easily shatters the lies of behind the scenes clique. This is another reason for oligarchs to hate Peevski - because of the newspapers he publishes. That is why they have been trying for years to make out them to be losers, unnecessary, etc. Simply because they lose the fight against them. Generally, the newspaper bears the truth, it is a bridge between the history of yesterday and the history we write today. The newspaper is intended for free people with free way of thinking, who want to know and to ask. It is written for this particular share of society, which can anticipate from distance the oligarchic interests and flatly refuses to be part of them. The newspaper is also a mirror, where the shadow bosses do not want to look at themselves because they can see only the thousands of broken destinies they have gone through, in order to accumulate their billions.

Here is a simple example. The following material can be found in the Telegraph Media archives:

The lawmaker from the MRF Delyan Peevski distinguished from the “shootings” between the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the President Rumen Radev, where Peevski himself was also involved. He did it in a statement to media.

“Whatever problems the Prime Minister and the President have between them, personal or institutional, to solve them like big boys from now on. I am not concerned with their disputes for aircrafts, tanks, tenders and commissions,” said Peevski firmly.

The tensions between Rumen Radev and Boyko Borissov escalated after the PM said in a TV interview that the President’s advisor Ivo Hristov worked in BBT television, owned by Delyan Peevski. The President hit back and asked Borissov what are his relations with the MRF lawmaker and whether the two have a common business. This is something that Borisov categorically denied at a press conference before the media. In his statement, Peevski denied that he knows the head of President Radev's Cabinet, Ivo Hristov, and that he has never been his employer.

Here is the whole declaration of Delyan Peevski: I do not know the head of the President Radev’s Cabinet - Ivo Hristov, as the latter has never worked for me. I can not accept my name to become implicated with that of the Prime Minister Borissov, in the manner used by the President Rumen Radev, as I do not have and I have never had business interests or other ties with the Prime Minister. I consider it not serious a Prime Minister and a President from their high posts to use my name in their attempt to solve the problems between them or between their administrations, as well as to make exercises involving my name, especially by similar unacceptable for the institutions they represent rhetoric. Whatever problems the Prime Minister and the President have between them, personal or institutional, to solve them from now on like big boys, like generals from, not involving a lawmaker from the opposition, because I am not concerned with their disputes for aircrafts, tanks, tenders and commissions of different kinds. Their actions and the involvement of my name only put them in favor of people like Ivo Prokopiev and the oligarch circles around him, whose behind-the-scenes business interests I expose through my media."

Meanwhile, Delyan Peevski has become the most inspected person in our country after dozens of signals from the Capital circle and its satellite media outlets. In addition to being inspected several times by the Prosecutor's Office and the tax authorities - both as a physical person and as a business owner, the Anti-Corruption Commission for Illegal Assets Forfeiture (ACCIAF) has also launched an inspection against him. However, all these inspections ended with the same conclusion - "Peevski has not broken the law." This apparently irritated further the oligarchs, who decided once again to use his name aiming to hide their own problems behind it.

Doesn't all this sound quite familiar to you? It almost literally repeats the new scenario with the “NSP case” and the war between the two buildings in Sofia centre (See here). And this deja vu leaves a rather nasty taste, especially now, when another series is being played out for naive people – the one which the authorities are playing out on our doorstep instead of solving our problems.

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