Vassilev’s agents manufacture yet another Russian connection of Peevski
7 October, 2017
Former agents of the State Security agency (the communist-era secret police force) and current henchmen for Tsvetan Vassilev, the Bulgarian equivalent of Bernard Madoff, have produced the latest manipulation targeting Delyan Peevski.
Following the tried-and-tested method of disseminating fake news, the misinformers once trained by the communist secret services launched a campaign built on the talking points that Ivo Prokopiev formulated some time ago – “the evil pro-Russian prosecutor’s office” and “the good pro-western oligarchs”.
The omniscient expert in every field Iliyan Vassilev, who was revealed as agent Sasho by the special committee tasked with declassifying State Security files, posted his latest “objective” analysis on his Facebook profile several days ago. This time, Tsvetan Vassilev’s unofficial spokesperson insists that Russia’s prosecutor general Yury Chayka arrived in Bulgaria to supposedly help his counterpart Sotir Tsatsarov and MP Delyan Peevski (our publisher) because they were named by Tsvetan Vassilev as his persecutors in an application for protection under the US Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Employing an old secret-police ploy, Iliyan Vassilev combines facts with pure fabrications such as the implication that Peevski hired lawyers to represent him under the Magnitsky case right around the time Chayka visited Bulgaria, and that the Russian magistrate recommended them. Ognyan Stefanov, his former State Security colleague under the code name Academician and current fellow henchman for the fugitive banker, wasted no time in taking up this particular talking point. On his website Frognews, Vassilev’s Facebook post is copied and further embellished with an even more bombastic title. This is just a part of the filthy series of fake news items released by Frognews.
That same day, an article appeared about an alleged complaint to the European Commission about BGN 40m in state aid that Peevski supposedly received. The outrageous title relates to the Dunarit case and the acquisition of its debt to CorpBank by the state, which naturally goes against the fugitive banker’s interests. Predictably, the fake news items, ultimately orchestrated by the banker, point the finger at Peevski. In this case, however, the author’s imagination runs too wild, as the detailed talking points set by the banker hiding in Belgrade also feature a story alleging that Peevski is in trouble with the Russians and that is why he needs money. Mind you, it was written in the very day that the same media outlet explained how the Russians were helping Peevski escape the Magnitsky Act.
But the former secret agents serving Tsvetan Vassilev cannot hide the truth that it is their master who gladly used his contacts with marquee Russian businessmen such as Konstantin Malofeev and Dmitry Kosarev before he decided to tap into his pro-western affiliations and apply for US government protection. Following the collapse of the CorpBank fraudulent scheme and the banker’s flight to Serbia, Vassilev mainly relied on his Russian connections. He attempted to transfer the “golden geese” he bought with money stolen from CorpBank, including the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company and Dunarit, to the Belgian investor Pierre Louvrier, who is a crony of the Russian so-called “Orthodox oligarch” Konstantin Malofeev, in exchange for the colossal sum of €1. He also tried to transfer to Malofeev the control over the BBT and TV7 channels so that they could be utilised in his propaganda machine. The deal fell through but it did not take long for another Russian to enter the picture – Dmitry Kosarev. A deal was struck that the money from the sale of those assets would be split between Vassilev (80%) and Kosarev (20%) and in exchange the latter would “protect” the former’s family.
In light of the fact that Kosarev turned out to be connected to Louvrier via the ownership of two offshore companies, GloverCorp and Carnaby Street S.A. (part of the Panama Papers scandal), Vassilev’s friendly relations with the Russian oligarchs seemed completely logical. But that was yesterday. Today, under the advisement of his fellow in arms Prokopiev, Vassilev has embraced the American ways and his paid public criers are frantically making up “bad, pro-Russian” ties for Peevski.