To 'poison' CorpBank's defrauded depositors

Gebrev and Vassilev continue with the lies about Dunarit, Prokopiev helps them

Emiliyan Gebrev

Prior to the collapse of the CorpBank pyramid scheme in 2014, Dunarit was used by Tsvetan Vassilev as a distribution centre through which credit facilities were provided by the bank and subsequently given out as “loans” to shell firms. Of course, without any collateral. According to reports by CorpBank's bankruptcy administrators, over BGN 90 million have been syphoned off through this scheme, subsequently captured by fictitious cessions at the time of sequestration.

Apart from this, the companies that participated in the ownership chain - Hedge Investment and Kemira, also owe over €53 million to the bankrupt vault. After Vassilev ran away, the company's syphoning off continued with the funds being transferred to Serbia, and the state was forced to bring legal proceedings to cancel the set-offs and fill the insolvency estate. For its part, ACCIAF put the shares in Dunarit under distraint as being part of the illegally acquired property of the pyramid schemer.

While proclaiming from his luxury hotel in Belgrade that he would “save” the bank, Vassilev was actually working hard on the secondary plunder of its assets, and Dunarit was an essential part of this robbery.


Dunarit gifted by Vassilev first to Russians and then to Gebrev

At the beginning of 2015, the mysterious Belgian with a Russian passport, Pierre Louvrier, who turned out to be a figurehead of the Russian 'Orthodox oligarch' Konstantin Malofeev and extremely close to the head of the Russian separatists in Ukraine, Igor Girkin-Strelkov, suddenly appeared as a member of Dunarit's management. At a loudly advertised press conference on 24 March 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Sofia, Louvrier appeared with the Englishman Bruce Bauer, the Ukrainian Anatoli Cairo, French General Bertrand Cavalier and Jean Jacobbe, part of the company LIC 33, to which Tsvetan Vassilev - according to Louvrier - had personally sold the companies BTC, Dunarit, Avionams, NURTS, Garb and First Digital (all under the control of the former banker and bought with money of the CorpBank's depositors). The total value of these companies amounted to more than €1 billion, but the total selling price, proudly announced at the press conference by Monsieur Louvrier, was … just one euro, on which LIC 33 had undertaken to cover the €900 million of the companies' combined debt. A small but significant detail is that LIC 33 did not have such funds, but would have, subsequently, attempted to raise the sum on the “international markets”.

So, quietly, Tsvetan Vassilev virtually gifted the military factory Dunarit to Konstantin Malofeev's figureheads, trying to conceal this fact under the guise of “Western investors”.

Vassilev and Gebrev - the criminal tandem from 2016 for the misappropriation of Dunarit

After the affair was revealed by Bulgarian media, including the newspapers Telegraph and Monitor, owned by the MRF MP and our publisher Delyan Peevski, which bluntly raised the question of how one of the largest military factories on the Balkans could be gifted by Vassilev to a figurehead of Russians - Louvrier, which in turn forced the participants in this thieving scheme to return the companies. Subsequently, at the end of 2015, a second Russian - Dmitry Kosarev, also an employee of Malofeev, appeared on the scene, insisting that he was an “independent” businessman and had received from Vassilev the same companies, including Dunarit. This new trick didn't work either, and in the beginning of 2016 Tsvetan Vassilev started executing a plan - this time with the participation of Emiliyan Gebrev - for the final break of Dunarit's connection with the loans received from the bank. Thus, Gebrev is in fact a continuation of the unsuccessful saga with the “Russian” Louvrier. A second part of the same film directed by Tsvetan Vassilev. Gebrev is the convenient sequel to the theft, and not a “Russian” victim.

This timeline detail is extremely important because only three years later Vassilev and Gebrev would have forgotten it and would begin to spit out insinuations, omitting the fact that throughout the year 2015 Dunarit was in fact owned by Russians.


Emiliyan Gebrev gets entangled in lies about his poisoning and Dunarit

Gebrev is a communist-era figure who is involved with the Bulgarian secret services and during Bulgaria's socialist past was working in the arms giant Kintex. After the collapse of the socialist system, he became a major private investor, or rather a commission earning jobber, working with the state-owned enterprises of the military-industrial complex, draining their financial resources.

In 2015, and more precisely on June 21, the press reported that Gebrev and his son were poisoned, probably in the spring of that year. They both survived, and the newspaper 24 Hours reported that the cause might be rooted in a large-scale deal for a special production run, which was made by Gebrev for Ukraine. For several years this incident has been completely forgotten, and Gebrev himself keeps mum about the reasons. Who's interests the arms-dealing fraudster may have threatened, whether there was a deliberate poisoning or not, remains a mystery.

It is not a mystery, however, that even if such an incident happened, it can in no way be connected with Dunarit, as Gebrev readily “remembered” years later.

Neither Gebrev, nor Vassilev, nor Prokopiev - whose newspaper Capital published the yet another insinuation related to Dunarit - have done their homework well, because facts and dates speak for themselves and they lay lies bare on the spot.

Now Gebrev claims that in the spring of 2015 he was poisoned because, a month or two before that, he showed interest in Dunarit. This new mantra, which emerged on the pages of Capital and then was spread by the Bulgarian websites aligned with Prokopiev and Vassilev, now found its place in foreign media too, including British website Bellingcat (this is the site that shed light on the identity of Russian agents Mishkin and Chepiga, involved in the poisoning of Skripal). It is true that Dunarit is not mentioned in it explicitly, but only as the “arms manufacturer of Gebrev”, and as one of the two possible reasons which, along with the “Ukrainian deal” for arms supplies, provoked his poisoning.

It was exactly Bellingcat which now discovers (on the basis of the “inquiry” by Capital) that the purported Russian agent Sergey Fedotov, who was also implicated in the Skripal case, visited Bulgaria in 2015 and this visit coincided with the incident involving Gebrev and his son. For the first time, the exact date of poisoning is specified - several days before 28 April, 2015.

However, no one bothered to check out whether the insinuations in Capital held true. Because the assumption that Gebrev was poisoned in April 2015 owing to Dunarit and possible “Russian interests” towards the arms producer stands to no reason since the Louvrier-Malofeev duo had already officially announced that they owned Dunarit in March of the same year. At that time Gebrev was still kept out of Vassilev's scheming concerning the arms manufacturer. He came to the fore a year later as a follow-up of the Russian saga about Dunarit's ownership. After all, the seller of the plant bought with the CorpBank money is one and the same person - Tsvetan Vassilev, only those who committed the theft are different people.

Of course, this mantra repeated by the trio Vassilev-Gebrev-Prokopiev will not last for long, it's a pity though that the depositors of CorpBank will be once again “poisoned” by the fugitive banker and his accomplices in Bulgaria.

Currently the Dunarit group still owes about BGN 190 million to the Deposit Insurance Fund and the attempts by Gebrev to pose as the “owner” of this enterprise, without having paid a single cent to clear these debts, have been frustrated for three years now.  Which is the reason why he resorts to all these moonshot efforts, hybrid attacks, thought-up connections and “poisonings”. Certainly, if the scheme of Vassilev and Gebrev worked out and the theft of Dunarit was finally completed, no one would have ever thought of bringing to the fore “Novichok”, “Russian interests” in Dunarit - exactly in 2015, and other tall tales.        

To find out the real motives for Gebrev's poisoning (of course, if he was poisoned at all) is the job of the competent institutions. It has nothing to do with circulating lies and sustaining hybrid websites controlled by Tsvetan Vassilev and Ivo Prokopiev, as these “media” had not even taken trouble to verify the actual dates. 


The outrageous Skripal case

Former GRU (Main Intelligence Directorate) officer Sergei Skripal (66) and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the British city of Salisbury on 4 March 2018. It proved to be that they were poisoned with Novichok nerve agent. Two of the GRU agents “Ruslan Boshirov” (Anatoliy Chepiga) and “Alexander Petrov” (Alexander Mishkin) were accused of attempted murder. They went to Salisbury to smear the doorknob in the house of Skripal with Novichok and the same day took a return flight to Moscow. They threw out the scent bottle containing Novichok in a dustbin.

Sergey and Yulia Skripal were saved after several months of treatment, but British citizen Dawn Sturgess, who found the bottle, died.      

The media around the world qualified the Skripal case as “outrageous”. And if something like that happens in Bulgaria, the state institutions in the face of the Interior Ministry and the State Agency for National Security would be obliged to say whether it is true or not. It has to be clarified as soon as possible if the story of Gebrev circulated by the satellite media of Tsvetan Vassilev and Ivo Prokopiev is a speculation, because thieves were caught when they laid hands on state property and now are making a fool of the Bulgarian public. And if this is just a “prank”, this organised crime group must be held accountable for it. The institutions cannot keep silent right now.

Telegraph Media addressed a set of questions to the Prosecutor's Office and the Interior Ministry to clarify the whole situation.

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