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.

First, he attributes non-existent Russian ties to the lawmaker by rehashing the old thesis that Peevski owes money to Russian individuals with a twist – that the debt is connected to South Stream.

This is one of the biggest lies of the Fake News Factory, as Peevski not only has no ties with Russians but does not owe such individuals a dime. By the by, the topic is being used by the oligarchs’ slandering machine to conceal the very real Russian ties of Tsvetan Vassilev, aka the Bulgarian Madoff, which are crystal clear and can be traced all the way to the military plant Dunarit.

It was the former banker who tried to practically gift six lucrative enterprises (including Dunarit), acquired with CorpBank depositors’ money and worth a combined €1bn, to a Russian gang in exchange for €1. The group in question included Belgian citizen with Russian passport Pierre Louvrier and oligarch Konstantin Malofeev, who has Kremlin connections. Later, Malofeev’s business partner Dmitry Kosarev and Louvrier’s close friend Col. Igor Girkin-Strelkov, who is a former operative of the Russian counterintelligence (FSB), also entered the picture.

In his capacity as the first defence minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Girkin-Strelkov was sentenced by a US court to pay $400m in damages to the relatives of the passengers of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 shot down over Donbass. Further, the Bulgarian Madoff’s Russian cronies – Malofeev and Girkin – are on the sanctions lists of the US and the EU.

It is no coincidence that the analysis scribbled by agent Sasho/Dragan appeared on the website of Club Z, owned by the pharmaceutical tycoon Ognyan Donev, who was recently acquitted by the Sofia City Court on charges of tax evasion. Although it should be kept in mind that the court of first instance in question is largely under the thumb of judge Lozan Panov, who serves the oligarchy.

The second absurd lie offered by Iliyan Vassilev is that Peevski has control over the security agencies – another of the oligarchy’s theses and just as absurd as the one mentioned earlier. To make the fake news campaign against Peevski complete, the former State Security agent spins a complete manipulation by involving the lawmaker’s name in the investigation into the attempted poisoning of Emiliyan Gebrev.

This onslaught of fake news against the MP is aimed at covering up for Tsvetan Vassilev, who is currently hiding from the Bulgarian judicial system in Belgrade. Agent Sasho is the one spreading the oligarchy’s theses because he is among the most fervent defenders of the Bulgarian Madoff. Let us remind that he was the one who tried to explain that there was no hole in the balance sheets of the failed CorpBank. Never mind that several inspections and probes revealed that there were billions of levs missing, stolen by Tsvetan Vassilev.

It is beyond hypocritical for Iliyan Vassilev to be the one talking about Russian ties, considering that he used to be involved in spying on British citizens during his double life and now he is posing as an avid supporter of Euro-Atlantic values, as if he could just wave a magic wand and make his past in the sinister State Security disappear.

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