Failed justice minister and prominent grant-recipient Hristo Ivanov whipped up yet another fake news about lawmaker and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski recently.

Appearing on the Face to Face programme of the bTV network, he commented on a wide range of topics – from Brexit to his feeble party’s attempts to participate in the upcoming European Parliament election and, finally, the Electoral Code and the preferential voting element.

Naturally, Ivanov did not miss the opportunity to mention Peevski, likely in order to make sure that his colleagues of the Fake News Factory will cover his statements and that his five minutes of fame on national air will produce the desired effect. While commenting on the preferential voting element, Ivanov spread his latest manipulation by saying that the amendments affecting it were the result of an agreement between GERB and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) and that Borissov gave ground to all possible circles, including that of the former State Security, which according to Ivanov backs Peevski. His claims are insane for a couple of reasons. The most striking thing, however, is that a person like Ivanov, who is a descendant of the Boykikev communist family, is the one who should talk about State Security connections of the lawmaker, who was six years old when the agency was at the end of its existence.

Let us remind the failed justice minister several facts of his own biography and family tree, which he is obviously trying to erase. Ivanov’s grandfather, Nedyalko Boykikev, was of the most die-hard communist variety. Between 1923 and 1925 he wrote aggressively against the government in Bulgaria. He participated in propaganda campaigns, part of the secret operations of the Soviet intelligence in Bulgaria and Europe.

In the early 1920s, Boykikev migrated to Berlin, where he became the chairperson of the communist students’ association Narstud (a portmanteau word for Narodno Studentstvo (People’s Student Union)), which spread its tentacles throughout Europe. This wide network of strictly ideologically motivated communists was quickly taken hold of by the Soviet military and foreign policy intelligence. Some of the participants in the Narstud groups started performing information-gathering tasks directly for these services, while others devised and carried out operations, including against the legitimate government in Bulgaria.

Hristo Ivanov’s mother, Maria Boykikeva, and his grandmother Svetlana arrived in Bulgaria with the Red Army. Maria was born in 1932 in Moscow. She was sent to one of the most exclusive castes when she was enrolled in the elite school of the Embassy of the USSR in Bulgaria. She went on to study philosophy at Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”. She later headed the key ideological department of the Science and Art publishing house – Philosophy, which promoted the Marxist and Leninist doctrine and the tenets of the party’s teachings.

In 1988 Boykikeva became co-founder and the first chairperson of the Club for Supporting Transparency and Reform. Among the club’s true dissident members, who spent time in prison for their beliefs, sneaked representatives of the loyal communist nomenclature, Soviet agents in foreign countries, and agents of the Bulgarian State Security.

Next to Boykikeva was the renowned scientist and member of the science academy Alexei Sheludko. In the official secret history of the First Main Directorate of the State Security (the regime’s foreign intelligence), which is currently kept in the Secret Files Committee’s archives, Sheludko is mentioned as a voluntary associate. Prior to 9 September 1944, the member of the science academy was one of the most zealous Soviet agents and later created the radio centre of the Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces.

These details of the Boykikev family history make it so strange that it is Ivanov who is talking about State Security and saying how it supports Peevski. It is also absurd for him to lament the condition of freedom of speech and violated rights, while appearing on network TV, in a highly-rated slot to spew lies unhindered.

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