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By K. Walker
The attempted bribe was described as the “biggest reported bribe attempt in Ukrainian history.”
Three individuals with ties to Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma Holdings, are being accused of attempting to bribe anti-corruption officials in Ukraine in order to end the investigation into the company and its founder for embezzlement.
Zlochevsky denies involvement in the scheme.
KYIV, Ukraine — Prosecutors say the heap of $6 million in crisp new bills, fastened in bundles with pink and yellow rubber bands, was supposed to bribe a Ukrainian anti-corruption investigator to drop an embezzlement case against the founder of the natural gas company Burisma.
To Ukrainians, the pile was eye-popping — and not just because it was so large. In this country, plagued for decades by corruption, such payments normally change hands quietly, without anyone finding out.
But here it was, seized by law enforcement officials and proudly displayed in transparent plastic bags by the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the special anti-corruption prosecutor. Details of the case emerged Sunday in a Kyiv court.
Authorities said an anti-corruption bureau official was paid $6 million to drop the investigation against Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, a former ecology and natural resources minister, in an elaborate sting operation Friday. Local media reported it took 12 hours to count the cash.
Source: Washington post
Burisma Holdings is the Eastern European natural gas conglomerate that once boasted the son of the former Vice President of the United States on its Board of Directors, one Mr. Hunter Biden.
Although Ukrainian officials are trying to cut the ties between Biden and Burisma, it’s just not that simple to do.
Nazar Kholodnytsky, the head of Ukraine’s national anti-corruption bureau, claimed the alleged scheme had no connection with either Hunter Biden or his father, the presumptive Democrat nominee.
“Let’s put an end to this once and for all. Biden Jr. and Biden Sr. do not appear in this particular proceeding,” Kholodnytsky told reporters at the press conference.
Despite the fact that the Bidens were not involved in the alleged scheme, the issue does not bode well for them, especially as Congress is investigating Burisma’s ties to the Obama administration.
Last month, the Senate Homeland Security Committee voted to subpoena Blue Star Strategies, a Washington, D.C. based public relations firm once employed by Burisma to help fight allegations of public corruption. In May 2019, the New York Times reported that Hunter Biden was linked to Burisma’s hiring the firm.
Hunter Biden, the troubled son of the current Presidential nominee for the Democrat Party, Joe Biden, was appointed the Burisma’s board in 2014, shortly after Joe became the Obama administration’s lead man on Ukraine. Hunter Biden was paid $83,000 per month for his position on the Board, and yet, no one seemed to find this odd despite Hunter’s lack of experience with Ukraine or natural gas.
Back in October 2019, Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a former member of Ukraine’s parliament and ally of Zlochevsky, said that it was Zlochevsky’s idea to appoint Hunter Biden to Burisma’s board to “protect” the company from investigations.
It’s going to be difficult to disentangle the Bidens from Burisma because they’ve entangled themselves with Burisma.
The President had a responsibility to investigate #BurismaBiden.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 2, 2020
Republished with permission Clash Daily
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