The paid press office of the oligarchy is working overtime in Facebook, primarily targeting lawmaker and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski, shows a Monitor News Agency study of the social media.
As it turns out, some of the most active mouthpieces of the behind-the-scenes clique, like aging journalist Sonya Koltuklieva and former State Security operative with penchant for doing prosecutors’ work Iliyan Vassilev, have found in their dotage a new way to earn the money they are paid for serving indicted oligarchs. The duo was joined by the NGO Boets, which gained popularity when its leader was photographed meeting with Tsvetan Vassilev, the fugitive banker hiding from the Bulgarian justice system in Belgrade.
All these pawns have the same task – to inundate the internet with the slandering statements and the fabrications of their boss Tsvetan Vassilev. Apparently, the most convenient platform for such work is Facebook. And so the aging former State Security agents and pawns of the Bulgarian Madoff selflessly and like true influencers post on Facebook from dusk till dawn. Then the publications of the Fake News Factory conducted by Ivo Prokopiev, Tsvetan Vassilev, Ognyan Donev and Sasho Donchev retranslate those, generating a wave of fake news.
What all of these Facebook mouthpieces have in common is the fact that they have almost identical posts; spread the theses formulated by Tsvetan Vassilev, who is viewed by his group of little bees as more righteous than the pope; and diligently share links to the third-class TV programme of Lyuba Kulezich. The cousin of another notorious oligarch, Nikolay Banev, the TV host has been playing the role of a microphone stand for the fugitive banker for years. She interviews the Bulgarian Madoff, two-three times a month if need be, listening to his lies with a dull look on her face and no though to asking a single probing question, even for appearance’s sake. A good one would be: “Where is the money of defrauded CorpBank depositors and when do you, Mr Vassilev, plan to return to Bulgaria to be tried for the lender’s draining?” However, such line of questioning aggravates the fugitive banker, which is why the puppet journalist does not even bother offending his ears with it.