A journalist asked Mark Twain was it true that he was writing a play for the Philadelphia Theater. “You may write that the play consists of four acts and three intermissions. I am almost ready with the intermissions", the writer answered jokingly.
“Oligarchs of the world, unite!” is the slogan under which the past seven days in Bulgaria went by. Indicted “businessmen” in the country and fugitive individuals holed up abroad rolled up their sleeves and got down to attacking their sworn enemy – lawmaker of the opposition party Movement for Rights and Freedoms and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski – seemingly trying to squeeze an entire five-year plan of fake news into a week.
Almost seven days ago, it transpired that the MP of the opposition party Movement for Rights and Freedoms and publisher of Telegraph Media Delyan Peevski is on the voting list of the Movement and will run for MEP at the end of this month. For years, the MP has been winning the elections in which he participated. Voters know him well, know that he is as good as his word and see that he is fighting the oligarchic shadows in Bulgaria – he forestalls their shady deals and the attempts to foil his legislative initiatives, whereas his media outlets expose the affairs of the indicted bosses.
Failed justice minister and prominent grant-recipient Hristo Ivanov whipped up yet another fake news about lawmaker and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski recently.
Indicted oligarch Ivo Prokopiev tried to conceal the EVN case, which the court started hearing on Thursday, with a campaign of fake news. The shady businessman from Razgrad is being tried for the sale of the state’s remaining stake in the electricity distribution company alongside two former ministers – Simeon Djankov and Traycho Traykov.
Frognews, the website of Ognyan Stefanov, agent of the communist State Security Service, has again mounted the barricades to defend the interests of his financial benefactor Tsvetan Vassilev and his pawn Emiliyan Gebrev.
Iliyan Vassilev attributes non-existent Russian ties to the lawmaker
In a conspiracy-laden article, otherwise labeled as an analysis, Iliyan Vassilev – a former agent of the First Main Directorate of the State Security, who operated under the aliases Sasho and Dragan, and now a mouthpiece for the oligarchy and prominent defender of the fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev – makes up outrageous fabrications about Peevski.
The news feed can be slow at times, making materials ripe for turning it into a storm of fake news scarce, but that is not enough to discourage Bulgarian oligarchs. They have loyal journalist diligently following their talking points. In such cases these journalists simply go to their archives and dust off the eternal fake news about Bulgartabac.
It’s long been common knowledge: don’t trust people who are handsome on the outside but rotten inside. But the designers of “clever and handsome” label from the very beginning were at odds with the first part and no longer even try to conceal that they are rotten inside out. This is exactly the case of Capital newspaper, the flagship of the indicted oligarch Ivo Prokopiev.
After they tried to “steal” the EU presidency via a site that misled the readers posing as an official Bulgarian internet page, the pawns of the oligarchic disinformation machine in Bulgaria are trying to “steal” the vote for the European Parliament as well.